There’s a huge discussion over on LinkedIn about writing for free. “Would you blog for free?” launched the discussion and the general consensus is: not gonna happen. In fact, my favorite response was from Terri:
Some comments discussed that writers are the only profession asked to work for nothing, but I beg to differ. It happens a lot, especially in education. And not just the teachers. Support staff, “educational assistants” are expected to work earlier, stay later, cover classrooms, and babysit forgotten kids who sit forlornly on the couch because Mom’s late or Dad forgot or day care wasn’t informed of early dismissal.
While these public servants often work for less than we pay babysitters (except with taxes and dues deducted), they are often asked to “help out” in times of need. And they do. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
You’re a professional. Whether your bagging groceries, engineering an oil rig not to explode, babysitting, writing screenplays, conducting brain surgery or monitoring recess, all honorable work deserves honorable pay. Get it. And don’t work for free.