Writers Deserve More than Minimum Wage, Not Less

You might be surprised by how many job listings on writer-centric websites still offer pay rates that fall way below minimum wage. It’s time writers began holding site managers accountable by pointing out any job listings they see that are clearly designed to exploit writers.

Writers Worth Month founder Lori Widmer has a regular feature on her Words on the Page blog, “This Job Not That Job,” which dissects exploitative job offers and suggests viable alternatives.

This year I decided to take that one step further and encourage fellow writers who see exploitative jobs ads on writing-related websites to ask those site owners to establish and adhere to their own minimum requirements for job listings.

You can read my guest post on Lori’s website.


Remember last week when I mentioned All Indie Writers founder Jenn Mattern?

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of All Indie Writers, Jenn decided to interview several long-time freelancers to find out how the freelance writing business has changed over the past five or ten years.

I’m fortunate to be one the freelance writing pros she asked to participate. Over the weekend I answered some of her detailed questions, and today she posted the results: Paula Hendrickson on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty.

Not only do I hope you’ll take time to read my answers, I encourage you to read Jenn’s interviews with other writers and browse the site to uncover even more great writing advice.