Lately, I’ve been getting a stream of emails from editors of online magazines asking if I would like to be a contributing writer.
These emails have a few things in common:
They often praise my blog or other articles I’ve written.
They say I’d be the perfect writer for their website or magazine.
They offer no mention of payment.
When and if I inquire further, the answer is usually, “Well, we hope to pay our writers in the future, but for right now, we pay in links.”
My feeling is, you want a professional writer? One that would be perfect for your website or magazine? Then you should pay them.
Would you approach an IT professional and ask for free services? Or a lawyer?
Case closed. This is an overused topic on most writing blogs, so I won’t say much more. Except to encourage all writers to know your worth. It’s not necessary to write for free even if you’re trying to build a writing portfolio. There are local newspapers. There are trade magazines. And yes, there are even websites that pay.
What’s even more amazing is that editors are even asking established writers to contribute for free. I’ve been writing for magazines and newspapers for seven years now, and the requests to write for free still keep coming in. Luckily though, to balance out these requests, there are real assignments that get offered as well.
Have you gotten requests to write for payment in links? If so, how do you respond? Should writers write for free?