Writing Jobs That Pay–and some that don’t

It’s Wednesday.  I bet you’re wondering: where’s that whatchamacallit Writer’s Workshop thingie?  S’not here.  Maybe t’won’t be ever again.  This website is iterating (new cool word I read all about here in the New York Times) and part of our iteration is to STOP PASSING OURSELVES OFF AS SO DAMNED SERIOUS.  Seriously.

I thought about changing the Writer’s Workshop to a Wednesday JobSearch Workshop, wherein I would share my growing expertise at looking for gainful employment.  Here’s some of what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Media Bistro:   For those of you who are looking for writer/editor/media type jobs.  Particularly if you live in New York.  Especially if you live in the Five Boroughs.  For those of us in the rest of the country?  Not so much.
  2. Elance:   For the intrepid freelancers among us.  Freelance anything, that is.  You bid on jobs offered and maybe you win the bid and get to do the job and then get paid what you asked for.  I wouldn’t know because I haven’t won one yet.  But then, I’m still figuring the site out, as I am…
  3. FreelanceConnect I bid on the one job I saw listed, but never heard anything back.  Are there more jobs on this site?  Will I ever hear back from anyone?  Does Jesus love me?

Then there are the sites that suck your writerly guts out for very little money, if that:

  1. Demand is very high on the list.  In fact, Demand may be at the top of the list.
  2. No, Examiner.com is.

If it’s your dream to be published anywhere, if you are desperately in need of “published” writing examples (those samples of your work known in better times as ‘tear sheets’), go to Demand where you can earn $7-15 for writing several hundred words about replacing the whatsit on a circa 1962 motorbike.  If you don’t need any actual money but do want to practice your SEO skills, sign on with Examiner.com.

If  you actually have something to say and care about saying it well to a literate audience, albeit for no money, the following sites may accept your work (or may not, depending on how the wind is blowing that day)

  1. Open Salon This is the community version of the venerable Salon.  Get a gig on this site, and you’ll be in some good company.
  2. Huffington Post:  Yes, that Huffington Post
  3. Check the website of your favorite magazine.  I bet they’re trolling for writers, even if they won’t really come out and say it.

The  state of the print publishing world is wretched only for those over-entrenched in its hierarchy.  Like the editors.  For those of us who are the lowly writer minions, it’s not so bad.  All those gasping publications are rushing to get an on-line presence (hear this in stentorian tones) which means that they need us to write for them.  For free, yes, but still, at a certain point in your career, it might be worth it.

Oh, god, despite myself I have written a post that merits inclusion in the Wednesday Writer’s Workshop.  Damn…

  • Lucie

    Too funny and thanks for the info. I will definitely check them out

  • http://savortheride.com ridgely johnson

    Jane-
    Enjoyed your post- you have an infectious writing style. My take on the subject: I would guest post on a blog for free before I would write for $1 per article.

  • http://www.thefiftyfactor.com Joanna Jenkins

    Writing has become a “devalued commodity”. Jees-sus. What a sad statement.

    Thanks for the info Jane. These are sites I hadn’t heard of before.

    Hope you summer is going well. You have a birthday coming up next weekend, right! Happy birthday!

    jj

  • http://barbarashallue.typepad.com Barbara

    Thanks for the info and advice. I had wondered about some of those sites – I’m short on writing time and have to be careful where I invest it!

    • http://midlifebloggers.com byjane

      @Barbara,
      Had a distressing exchange with a social media guy today. He told me that writing has become the devalued commodity and is very cheap to get. Yeah. Sigh. Shit.

  • http://delicacies.wordpress.com Walker

    Perfect!
    I am in this boat… looking and not getting jobs, selling myself a little short just to get a resume going!
    I’ve done a few jobs on Elance, bidding against someone who always bids at roughly $1.00 for a 500 word article every time!! Idiot.

    Problogger.net has a job listing feature, down at the bottom of the page! Been there, applied to more than a few jobs and, like you, never got any answer! ugh.. this making a living sucks! Sex trade sounds like a surer bet for paying the monthly mortgage sometimes!
    And, I’m joking, I love writing and find that the more I do, the better I get. You’ve been a help in that process. Thanks,
    Walker

    • http://midlifebloggers.com byjane

      @Walker,
      I’m going to a seminar tomorrow on ‘getting paid for writing’ or some such thing. I’ll let you know what I find out.
      Jane

  • http://injaynesworld.blogspot.com injaynesworld

    Lots of good info here, my friend.

    • http://midlifebloggers.com byjane

      @injaynesworld,
      That’s what I love about blogging: I start off thinking I’m writing about one thing and by the time I’m finished, something else becomes the topic. Talk about writing to find out what I’m really thinking…..

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