Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:29:19
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...his feelings. Yesterday Fred was giving me he11 for giving away my column. I tried to explain to him about exposure and how you have to be published to get published and eventually get paid.
"Why would they buy the cow if you're giving them the milk for free?" He demanded.
"Fred, you don't understand."
"I understand that you're giving away your work."
"But I'm giving them old stuff...from last year. Nobody will take me seriously if I don't have publishing credits, even if I didn't get paid. If I ever hope to get paid I have to be able to show that I was published regularly. It's like a bank. You have to have money to borrow money. They have to think you don't need them, to succeed."
"You should be charging them." He said finally, and I lost my temper and my patience.
"Look, when you start writing you can do it any way you want, but for now, you don't know what you're talking about, so just let me be. You're not a writer so you don't understand."
Now this is what I'm getting out of him.
"Fred..where's the butter?"
"How do I know, I'm not a WRITER."
"Did the girls close the gate?"
"I wouldn't know, since I'm not a WRITER."
"Do we have the money to pay the electric bill this week?"
"Well if I was a WRITER, I might know..."
Lord help him, he has no idea how close to death he is. (grin)