Saturday, May 05, 2018

Writers.work

Writers.work is the latest company trying to sell access to a website with work for freelance writers.  Their advertising has many hard sell features; an looong animated intro, pop-ups saying other people are signing up, and social media ads to encourage well meaning people to tag every friend who every strung a few words together.  All of this presents freelancing as a way for any semi-literate person to make piles of money.  The disclaimers come late and any mention of the $47 fee comes right at the end. An amount just small enough that writer's with buyers remorse won't waste any more time pursuing a refund.

Freelancing is not different from other writing.  Yog's Law applies: "Money should flow toward the author." 

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