The letter about writing for free reminded me that terminology can be everything. Instead of telling a potential employer or editor that you don’t get paid — for the reasons you set out — someone in that position should use different wording, thus: I have written for This and contributed to That and also volunteer for my church magazine, which distributes throughout xyz State. It makes the point that you are a professional and one with a social conscience.
The wording you use, especially to describe yourself and your work, can be a deal maker or breaker. Think of a property developer who ‘postpones’ a launch rather than cancels it because he has run out of money. He isn’t tainted by negative opinions, just affected by the market. The power of words.
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