It seems the world is conspiring to make this Writers Worth Day more necessary than ever. Devon brought up on her blog a segment she’d seen on CBS’s The Morning Show in which Daniel Sieberg interviewed a woman who writes by her pool all day (the segment is called Selling Online Expertise). I won’t call her a writer, for a real writer wouldn’t work for what she does – $1 to $20 an article. And she’s serious. She claims to make $1,100 a month, but I wonder – does she sit by the pool 24/7 in order to accomplish that? Why in the world would ANY writer bust ass to put out 2,000+ articles a month when I can make the same money with, oh, ONE article? I’ll tell you why – because that’s one uninformed wanna-be.
I’m trying to be nice here and I really don’t know why. Yes, you may sit by your pool. Yes, you may make that much money for all those articles, but why? Is it because you have a spouse who covers for you if you don’t make your quota? Is it because you really don’t want a career but just a hobby? If so, take up knitting. Spare the industry any more pain. Do you really sit by that pool all day or are you locked in the house until all hours because you have to churn out article after article? Or…do you, God forbid, just rework someone else’s writing and get paid for that?
I sit by a lovely cherry tree. I have a wonderful view of trees and grass and the occasional deer or fox. I work hard, but I don’t kill myself. And guess what? I make much more than that in a month. All original content, all at a fair rate, none of it paying anywhere near what this woman accepts.
We shouldn’t be allowing this kind of report to go unanswered. We should NOT allow the notion that this woman’s lack of discretion on what she’ll take for a job is anywhere near a fair wage. I’m going to contact the show myself and let them know. And I’m spreading the word here and now.