Well, the most recent issue (Spring/Summer, 2010), just hit the stands (well, it arrived in my mail box, so I’m assuming that it is on the newsstands), and, well, I just wanted to share that with all of you nice folk. (Yeah, even Walt.)
Each column (as did each chapter) profiles a particular fast food franchise (and the toys and collectibles it has featured over the years), along with a partial listing of some of those toys. In this particular column, I profiled Taco Bell.
No, this post isn’t about Ozzy, but about some of the new fast food toys that are now showing up for the upcoming Iron Man film. I just wanted to share ’em with you, ‘caus I think that they are kinda cool (plus I didn’t have a better post for today).
This is something of a different kind of a post for me, but Iâ€™m seriously not getting something, and â€” well, with an audience that is (from what I can tell) comprised of a fair amount of writers, I wanted to posit something that has been plaguing me for â€” I donâ€™t know, something like better than three decades or so.
Iâ€™ve been witting professionally (that is to say, for money) since, well, the early 1980s (earlier, if you count that as a radio copywriter fresh out of college I was technically working as a writer â€” but my first published magazine article was in 1982). Anyways, for what its worth, I’ve been writing for a very long time.
During those early years, some of my work was done for free. Yep, there was a time when I was willing (and able) to write for nothing, just for the privilege of being able to say that Iâ€™ve been published. Well, those days are long ago and far away. Today, I have written two non-fiction books, a (short-lived) comicbook series have contributed (on an editorial and head writer to an annual price guide on comics) for a dozen or more years, have authored thousands of magazine articles, as well as a few short stories, and yet I still get people who think that I should write for them for free.
This is the part I don’t understand. You see, if I ran a deli, and you were a butcher, tell me why you would come to work for me for free? These people always feed me a line about “passion” “hobby” “the love of the blah blah” and other silly-minded crap that Iâ€™ve long ago stopped hearing.
Hence the question Iâ€™m asking here is why is it that publishers always seem to feel that writers (and â€” as I work in the comicbook field), artists should contribute their work for nothing the privilege of getting published? Is this just me, or have others had that experience as well?
I bring this up now because it just happened to me again; and while I understand that the practice goes on, the part I didnâ€™t get was the bile and venom that was spouted at me because I had the audacity to ask for pay. Instead of a simple â€œSorry, this is a non-paying venture.â€ I got back insults and derogatory comments (Iâ€™ve since blocked this individual and refuse to indulge him in endless flames, because the problem in arguing with a fool, is that eventually it becomes difficult to tell the difference).