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Should I work for free?

Still smiling about designer Jessica Hische's amusing and all-too-realistic pieces of graphic humor:
Should I work for free?
Invoice for ruining my day
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Richard Morgan on the life of the freelance journalist

"Freelancing is basically just courtship, but the freelancer-editor relationship is nothing more than friends with benefits," writes Richard Morgan in Seven Years as a Freelance Writer, or, How To Make Vitamin Soup (The Awl, 8-2-10). "The editor likes you because you remind the  Read More 
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“Mothers: Don’t let your babies grow up to be freelancers"

“Mothers: Don’t let your babies grow up to be freelancers,” cracks one journalist, freelancing after leaving a staff job, as quoted by Rebecca Rosen Lum in California Progress Report story Freelance Journalists Suffering in Second Wave of News Media Collapse  Read More 
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Ten reasons why it's better to be a docent than a writer

Kathryn Lance writes: After 35 years of freelance writing, in which I produced hundreds of articles and more than fifty books, I have hung up my keyboard in favor of work as a volunteer docent at a local nature park. Now that I am "KL, Tohono Chul Docent," rather than "Kathryn Lance, Writer," I find my new identity offers many advantages over the old one Read More 
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Should a freelance writer sign a work-for-hire agreement?

The terms “work for hire” or “work made for hire” (WFH) should give writers pause. Much corporate work is done as WFH — which means the organization that pays you to do a project owns the material, period, and you have no rights beyond those to which you have mutually agreed in your contract. But not all corporate work is work for hire.  Read More 
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