I have always thought that writing is my calling. While I do not have the patience or the imagination to write a novel, I stuck to content writing and freelance writing. Let’s face it, content writers, especially in India, are paid a pittance. Young, naive and intelligent undergraduates fall for these low paying part-time jobs every day. They think “after all, I will earn in lakhs after I graduate”. Well, I know I did.
My experience with content writing has not been vast but I was very fortunate to work on volunteering basis for a great start-up as a Senior Editor. It was my stint at YKA that taught me the nuances of the writing world. Did you know a writer can be scammed very easily? Heard of those “unpaid writing samples” you have to provide to judge your worth? Nothing out of your portfolio seems appropriate to the prospective employer to judge your worth? Yes, that is an old age scam. Freshers in all sense of the word fall for it. You provide them with unpaid labour and they sell it to some company abroad for a hefty profit.
These “middlemen” seem to be raking in money. We, the writers, are at the bottom of the food chain just like the farmers who does the labour, grows food, but the middlemen gets the credit. So, I am thinking of forming one of these Content Writing agencies, I will sell and advertise my own work. Eliminate the middleman.
The problem is that I have no idea how to, as yet. What if 2-3 people can form a co-operative? We write and sell our own work? If you are interested, please drop me a mail at “firstname.lastname@example.org”