All within Reason (aka “The Ripoff-Artist”)

Imagine you are the chef and owner of a rather decent restaurant. One day, you read a post by somebody who is looking for a good meal, a special multi-course meal. This somebody, they have a rough idea about what they want to eat, they even have drafted a recipe but need a pro to work it over and make it work.

They are willing to pay for such a meal, and you tell them you could do it. So they start asking you questions about your experiences, they want to sample your cooking etc. They seem to like your stuff so far, so they send you the first lines of their recipe and tell you: “Take these few ingredients and rudimentary instructions and cook a meal for me. I won’t pay for it, but if I like it, I will do business with you.”

You are not exactly a fan of giving away your stuff and time for free – but you tell yourself it is okay if they want to test you before they decide to give you the real gig.

So you step into your kitchen and start working, and you put effort into it, and you create a nice little appetizer. You also, as requested, write up your version of this recipe snippet. They come into your restaurant, they sit down, they eat the appetizer, they receive their overhauled recipe… they leave without comment.

A couple of days later you contact them. They tell you they are still in the process of making up your mind and would let you know in a week.

You don’t hear from them for a while.

Then, all of a sudden, you receive an e-mail, and they send you – without any further comment or reference to your previous encounter – the next part of the recipe. They suggest you do some cooking with these ingredients and rudimentary instructions. “I won’t pay for it, but if I like it, I will do business with you.”

Well, I am NOT a chef. But this was more or less what happened, when I offered my services as a writer to somebody who wanted to have their so called “film script” turned into a novel. And they wanted the first ten pages of their 120-page-script worked over novel-style – and of course for free. That is 12 % of the entire work as a “sample”. I gave them approx. five pages. And then… well, as already described.

Is it a surprise that my reply was swift and not exactly favorable?

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Find (and like :)) me on Facebook…

Just today I commented on a Linkedin discussion (btw.: this is me on Linkedin) regarding writing being where art meets business and that writers might profit from getting into a form of entrepreneurial spirit.

That said… I gave in today and created My Very Own Facebook Page.

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I still refuse to do something about Google+, though… but it seems I am not to be trusted anymore re. shamelessly promoting myself…

Susa’s Lounge goes “Susa Wagner”

Dear all, this blog will shortly be renamed into … *tadaaaa!*… susawagner.wordpress.com.Susa+2

 

Having more or less fancy names for one’s blog does make sense under certain circumstances, for example if they are dedicated to a certain topic or if one wishes to not have their name displayed. But as a writer your aim is (or should be?) to promote (and therefore DISPLAY) your brand – and in general that’s your name (or pseudonym).

Well, my name is “Susanne Wagner” or rather “Susa Wagner”… so here we go…

Tausche Wort gegen einen halben Cent?… oder auch nicht!!

‘Tschuldigung, ich muss mal kurz vor mich hin meckern…

*räusper*

Während meiner Anfangszeit als Texterin habe ich immer mal wieder für so genannte “Content-Farmen” und für die damit verbundenen Niedrighonorare gearbeitet.

Speziell für Einsteiger(-innen) sind solche Aufträge meiner Meinung nach eine gute Schule, denn man lernt, unter Berücksichtigung vorgegebener Deadlines, Themen und ggf. SEO-Vorgaben sprachlich und grammatikalisch sinnvolle Texte zu verfassen. Mit Zunahme von Erfahrung und Qualität kann dann auch durchaus das Honorar pro Wort steigen – für einen Einsteige- oder Nebenverdienst ganz nett.

ABER: Wenn es inzwischen so weit ist, dass nun per Anzeige “zur Verstärkung unseres Texterteams Texter/innen in Heimarbeit” gesucht werden (wie gerade aktuell geschehen) und die Vergütungsspanne mit “hier bei 0,5 Cent (halber Cent) bis 1,0 Cent (ein Cent) pro Wort” angegeben wird… dann fühlt sich unsereins doch ein wenig ver…schaukelt.

Die bewusste Anzeige war darüberhinaus dann auch noch fehlerhaft in Sachen Rechtschreibung und Zeichensetzung, aber das nur ganz nebenbei.

Ist es denn wirklich so weit, dass man eine auch nur annehmbare Qualität für einen halben Cent pro Wort erwartet?

About Authors and Internet-Stars…

Sigh.

Zoella & Co.

Quote: By churning out ghostwritten stories and slapping a famous face on them,
publishers are doing a disservice to the industry, authors and readers.

…an interesting article by Kathryn Lindsay, and a topic that is probably not without controversy… I daresay it is written in xoJane‘s column “Unpopular Opinion” for a reason. Some of the comments are quite telling as well… and thought provoking.

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and btw… if you feel like writing for them (that is xoJane), they do look for submissions.

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btw 2nd… No, I can neither confirm nor deny, whether these particular books have been ghosted or not. If there were ghostwriters involved, though, I hope the got a decent deal!

and btw Part III… jealous?! Me?! Well, yeah! I mean… sort of… but then again… maybe not? If I was…  Oh, I dunno… *shuffles off mumbling*

The One-Sentence-a-Day-Strategy

I have a confession to make: I can sometimes be verrrrrrrrrrrry slow about my writing.

Often… I mean, I find myself in total awe when reading about the supposedly typical working day of other writers, who can write for hours and hours and somehow manage to produce content that is thousands of words worth – a day!!

It is not that I have no passion for writing! Au contraire!

The thing is – I get distracted easily (or is it “easily distracted”? Ooooh, the joys of writing in a foreign language… btw. is my passport up to date?… I could use a little snack… oh, look at the cute puppy pictures… *ahem*). I just have… so many ideas in my head, so much to do and so little time to pursue them all and to take care of stuff. I often get interrupted by the demands of a regular day. Aaaaaaaaaand… the Internet can be such a great distraction, as well!

Not to mention the bane of many a writer’s existence, the monster lurking under my bed, the pain in my neck and the phantom of my nightmares… the… (*cue dramatic Psycho-like music*): WRRRRRRRITER’S BLOCK!!

So, yeah, I often get stuck with my writing.

One of my methods to “trick” myself: I try to get myself to write one sentence. One. Seriously. I mean, I should be able to somehow manage that, right? If/when I am lucky, it creates some kind of creative domino effect in my mind, and one single sentence turns into several. As indeed has just happened with this text here: I had just been intending to jot down “The One-Sentence-a-Day-Strategy” (basically as a little mental knot-in-the-hanky-thingy to be pursued at a later time), and suddenly I just kept writing.

Well, it does not ALWAYS work like this. Sometimes a sentence just remains a sentence – for the time being. But, hey – one sentence is better than nothing and can eventually grow and evolve and become (*cue drum roll*) a whole. finished. text.

(And now… back to those puppy pics…)

The “Storysaurus”

I found this a while ago on FB and can not seem to find the original FB-poster, or otherwise I’d at least tip my hat to them. Anyway, this is about a very easy idea/way to structure your story:

Enter… the Storysaurus!

According to blogger Jamie Harrington it is “a dinosaur with spikes on his back. Each spike represented a chapter, and his whole body represented the story’s main plot” and originates from her second grade teacher Ms. George (so, kudos where they’re due!). Jamie recreated it for online-posterity. Thanks for that! It is easy to understand, you don’t even have to know your Aristotle for that one (not that it hurts)!