Are you tired of publishers, both print and online, expecting writers to write for free? I know I am. I feel a rant coming on, but I will restrain myself. Ask yourself whether you want to take any opportunity to get your work published, even if it means submitting to non-paying markets? I have mixed feelings about it, so here’s my two cents.
Yes, write for free, because non-paying markets provide:
- Bylines to use when marketing to other publications. (You can sell reprints after the piece is published.)
- A chance to establish yourself as an expert in your subject matter and showcase your writing.
No, don’t do it because:
- It’s just not fair for publications not to pay their writers. (The Bible does teach that the laborer is worthy of his/her wages.)
- You need some income from your writing in order to justify spending time on it.
- I’m just not getting published, and I’m ready to try anything.
- I’ve had a lot of work published recently, and I want to “give back to the community.”
How do you feel about this? I’d love to hear your comments.
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