Over at Vox there’s the now standard piece about being asked to write for free. Dammit, it’s a piece of work, people try to make their living doing this, what the hell do you mean you don’t pay?
Yeah, yeah, supply, demand, exposure all that.
And yes, I make my living doing this and no, I don’t write for free (well, not very often at least. I did 400 words for the NYT just to be able to say I’d been in the NYT for example). Actually, I often refuse to go on the radio if they don’t offer to pay.
However, back to writing, my style is terrible by American standards, where they’re very keen on absolutely precise grammar and all that. And I wouldn’t know a grammar if it came up and gave me a blow job. But I do have a certain style: may be a good one, may be a bad one, but there is one (and yes, I do get sick with envy at, in the UK at present, Owen, Boris, Rod Liddle, it’s not the what but the how is instantly recognisable).
Now read this piece by the writer who doesn’t get paid very much very often. And recall this has been through US newspaper style editing.
Yes, I’m a bitch, but….