Listen, I love to write. I am not the best at it and I would love to refine my craft. Writing is a big part of my professional shift now.
At first, I loved the idea of taking up some clients as a ghostwriter and even advertised my services for it. I started to get requests every day. But I will no longer lower my standards again to ghostwrite for another client. I took my listings down.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the work I was able to obtain as a ghostwriter but I ran across a listing today that made me upset for a few reasons. It also made me take a new look at what my time is worth.
I can’t even begin to excuse that rate per word. 80k words for $150? What a massive waste of my time. I don’t even care if I offend someone. If you think that $150 is appropriate for an 80k word piece that you also want full rights to, then you are part of the problem.
We are in a very content-driven digital age where people are consuming volumes of information every day from television and devices. There is a substantial amount of literature, in particular, carrying the names of the people that pay for their content via freelancing platforms.
The very least they can do is pay a fair rate or stay out of the market. It saddens me to realize there are ghostwriters hungry enough that they’ll take these time-consuming scraps when they would rather hold out for self-publishing or finding opportunities for better pay.
Hell, start your own blog. Invest that energy elsewhere. Don’t get sucked I to this cheap labor scheme that many companies are sucking talented writers into.
Anyway, back to writing for ME. I certainly don’t want to put any more work out there that I won’t be proud of. It’s time to end that toxic relationship with literary leeches.
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