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  1. Elvis Michael
    11/28/2016 @ 16:21 PM

    Thanks Zoe 🙂
    Pro bono definitely has its uses (volunteering an article to a non-profit organization is one of them, for example). In the end, paid vs. unpaid work isn’t always as black and white, so thanks for bringing this up!


    • Zoe
      12/02/2016 @ 09:41 AM

      Hello Elvis,

      Thank you for your comment and sorry for my late reply 😉

      “paid vs. unpaid work isn’t always as black and white” – My thoughts exactly! After all you never know if an unpaid (or poorly paid) job you have just accepted can’t bring you much more lucrative contracts in the future: by allowing you to earn some experience, build a great portfolio or network with people who might have more work for you. Usually that is the case.

  2. MarkRMorrisJr
    11/30/2016 @ 13:17 PM

    I agree, with one caveat; if you’re work will be making money for someone else, get paid, or stay away. You will have the value you choose. You can choose to put that value on yourself, or someone else will do it. If you are writing for profit, there should be compensation, period. There are bigger considerations, like what free work for hire does to the writing economy. It lowers rates, even for established writers, when work can be had for free.

    • MarkRMorrisJr
      11/30/2016 @ 13:18 PM

      YOUR NOT YOU’RE!!! ARRGG, cannot correct my comment. LOL

    • Zoe
      12/02/2016 @ 09:42 AM

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you very much for raising that important issue. I agree that there is a very thin, blurred line between a writer who writes pro-bono and a writer who is being used – and that line is ‘the cause’. If the cause is just – you might want to consider pro-bono. But if it is just earning money for someone else – stay away. Writing for free for someone who is making money out of your writing is only justifiable if there is a good chance for some other benefits (like networking). Usually however it’s not worth it.

      This would require a longer debate 🙂 Thank you for your comment! Very important issue.