Fuck no.

Fuck no.

That’s what I said to someone on the phone this morning when they asked to reuse a piece of my work, for free, in a commercial project.

He’s a friend of mine too, and knows that I don’t write for free, ever1. After the call, I started writing an email explaining, again, why I don’t give my work away. But instead I decided to point him to this video, because Mr. Ellison does a much better job making my point for me.If you write, don’t give away a word. Ever. It won’t give you exposure, it won’t help you down the line, it won’t get you “started”. All it will do is leave a huge label on your forehead with the word “sucker” on it.

If you write, don’t give away a word. Ever. It won’t give you exposure, it won’t help you down the line, it won’t get you “started”. All it will do is leave a huge label on your forehead with the word “sucker” on it.

  1. For the nitpickers, I’m obviously not talking about personal projects or blogs and such; by “free” I mean only “giving your words away to someone who plans on profiting from your work”.
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