From author Ray Garton:
That’s right, if you are a publisher, anthologist, or anyone else who frequently enters into business transactions with writers but often finds it problematic, I am going to tell you how to deal with writers effectively in just one easy lesson made up of two simple, single-syllable words.
There seems to be a great deal of confusion about writers. Some people seem to believe that a business transaction with a writer operates under entirely different rules than all the other business transactions they enter into every day of their lives. This can be cleared up very easily with two more simple words:
This is how business transactions work:
1.) Someone provides a service or product in exchange for a fee.
2.) You need that service or product.
3.) You pay the fee, you get the service or product.
That’s how it works. That’s how it works everywhere. That’s how it has always worked everywhere. If you can’t pay, there is a problem. The problem is that you can’t pay. The problem is NOT that the person who provides the service or product expects payment because, as I pointed out:
THAT’S HOW IT WORKS.
I’ve been a professional, full-time writer for 27 years. During that time, I have heard many brilliantly creative attempts to get around this fact. I’ve even been asked for work by people who have no intention of paying for it and don’t even offer a payment, people who seem incapable of understanding why a professional writer would find that insulting.
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There was a time in my life when I wrote constantly for my own pleasure. That was before I entered school and during the years I attended school. You’re a little late. You missed it. That time is over. Now I write for a different reason. I like to call that reason:
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Let’s say you have a car problem. You take the car to an auto mechanic. The mechanic finds the problem and fixes it. Then the mechanic expects to be paid. But you say, “Look, I’ve had a lot of mechanics work on my car over the years, and now you’re one of them. I appreciate what you’ve done, but I thought you would appreciate being a part of that family of mechanics who also have worked on my car. I’ve done many wonderful things in my car and it’s taken me to many wonderful places, and I thought it would be enough for you simply to be a part of that.”
Link to the rest at Preposterous Twaddlecock and thanks to Kat for the tip.