As a freelance writer, do you care more about being paid well for your work or about seeing your name in print (or online)? The two often don't go hand-in-hand.
Personally I put pay first (but hold gigs to strict ethical standards -- I don't simply take any well-paid gig that comes along). After all, I'm running a business. I'm not in this for vanity. But of course I'd pursue work if a bylined piece paid as well as the typical lower-key and ghostwritten projects I take on -- anything from press releases to white papers. If I were to pursue a byline just for the sake of having it, it would have to come out of my scheduled marketing time rather than compete with better projects for my billable hours.
What matters more to you -- having your name in print (or online) with certain publications or being paid well for your writing? If you had to choose between the two, which type of gig would come first? And how do you feel about the trend of respectable (or perhaps formerly-respectable) publications expecting writers to work for free, for very little pay, or for revenue share all under the assumption that we should be grateful for the "exposure?"
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