I have ranted about this before. Most writers … hell, most creative types … have ranted about this before. But since the problem has not skulked off into the Cave of Shame just yet, it bears repeating. Here’s author John Scalzi‘s take on Not Writing For Free:
And since he practically dared me to post his Big Green Graphic, I will do so without hesitation.
Now, I do not have the profile of a John Scalzi (he of multiple science fiction novels with movie options). This does not mean I — and others of my ilk, who toil ceaselessly and without hope of praise or strolls on red carpets, in the dank subterranean home office/spare bedrooms of the world — need to write for you for free. My skills have value. So does my time. So fuck you, pay me. I’m totally worth it.
(Besides, I’ve found nothing like a work-for-free rant to boost my blog numbers. Thanks in advance, John.)
Just in case there is anyone who hasn’t yet seen Harlan Ellison‘s priceless diatribe on the subject, here it is for good measure: