27 Oct '13, 4pm

I've grappled with the "writers should be paid" issue for a while now. Here's something I wrote back in March:

I spoke to my friend John Scalzi about this last week, because he’s someone who has very forcefully argued against writing without getting paid while running a series of unpaid “guest posts” called “The Big Idea ” at his blog, Whatever , and I wanted to get his thinking on the issue. He noted that Whatever isn’t a commercial blog, and not running any third-party ads at all, which mitigates the concern that he’s raking it in off Big Idea writers without getting paid—and he also observes that such essays, appearing around the time the contributor’s latest books are being released, have become “a natural part of the publicity cycle, in which authors make themselves available to promote their books and that work is seen as having a direct benefit in terms of sales and awareness of that specific book.”

Full article: http://beatrice.com/wordpress/2013/03/09/the-writers-who-...

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