writing scams

A Newspaper Stole My Last Idea and Assigned It to Someone Else! What Can I Do?

A Newspaper Stole My Last Idea and Assigned It to Someone Else! What Can I Do?

Recently I submitted a 1,400-word interview to a local newspaper after confirming that the editor would like to see it. I did not hear back from them for six weeks, and sent a polite e-mail last week asking if he still wanted to use the story. I received no reply. Today, a story ran about the same person, written by someone else…

Is This Guy About to Scam Me?!

Is This Guy About to Scam Me?!

A guy wants me to write an article daily. He’ll take full rights and he sells articles to other sites. And, he says he’ll pay me in a week. I requested a retainer but he declined. He hasn’t asked to see any of my work …

A Writer’s Revenge: A Dish Best Served Cold By David Wilkening

As an underpaid adjunct English-Journalism professor, I always looked desperately for concrete examples to enlighten my students why good grammar was not just a theory in principle but actually paid off. Little did I know then that I would need to heed my own advice. Not only did my own suggestions help me avoid cheats but I also got some revenge (a mild dish served sort of like a cold turkey sandwich)…

FLEEING UNFAIRFIELD: An Allegory Exposing Unfair Pay for Writing Services Fleeing Unfairfield By Christine Laws

How can we fix the glaring inconsistency of expecting writers to work for free while everybody else receives payment? Well, editors can either pay the writers or writers can move on to publications that do pay. Sometimes, editors do not seem to understand the unfairness of this policy or, at other times, writers sell themselves short. I wrote the following allegory to expose the issue, and to encourage fairness for the work that writers do…