have you ever finished a book or show and just had the strongest longing to be a part of that universe, where you have special abilities like them and friendships like them, and sure life is hard there but you know you’re special, you’re valuable, and that everything will be okay in the end
first off: i’m not a lawyer. this is all accurate to my knowledge but i’m not formally educated or trained in most of this, i just work around it and pick some stuff up
look i’m currently suffocating under crushing debt so i was like ‘hey i’ll see if there are any magazines taking submissions’ cause i may or may not get chosen but at least its something i’d be doing anyway and timelines and genre restrictions never hurt a girl
i ended up on this page (upwork) looking for “ghostwriters” and it’s laughable to downright insulting.
such as: “Hello,
I produce [REDACTED].
So if you are looking for a recurring job as a freelance writer you came
to the right place!
Here is what I need: Someone who can be a good researcher.
Don’t plagiarize. All books are run through plagscan and copyscape. They
need to be 100 percent original.
Timeliness - The faster you produce these (with quality) the more jobs
you will get.
This job will be recurring if you do a good job.
I will pay a maximum of $10 per 1000 words.
Lastly, by accepting this job, I will own all the rights to the book.
This includes characters, places etc. I own all the rights.
there were SO MANY OF THESE. look. i work in intellectual property for my day job. so here’s the thing: if you, a creative, does a “work for hire” agreement, like the one above, that means anything you produce under this agreement does not belong to you. you have effectively “sold” your intellectual property aka the story and all is defining characteristics - people, places, plot.
WORK FOR HIRE AGREEMENTS ARE NOT BAD! i see a lot of pushback against them on tumblr which is baffling to me because in the real world they’re how many creatives make money - by selling their creativity. with tv shows, for example, their characters and plots and what not do not belong to the creator of the show. they belong to the network of the show because they paid for them. writers of episodes don’t own the creative content of those episodes - the network does. because the writers are “work for hire” aka they’re getting paid specifically for their creative content.
work for hire agreements are usually the most advantageous when the payer is hiring the creator for the execution of a project rather than the creation of it. for example: hiring a writer to create a story out of a detailed outline, or an artist to draw something under strict specifications. the more creativity aka intellectual property the creator must generate and ultimately sell the rights too, the higher the pay should be for the work. (should. i’ve seen instances where pay is less but something else is gained - like different rights or credits - and that’s equally as acceptable as long as it’s what the creator wants. the creator should gain something equal to the value of what they are selling. obviously)
so the idea that $10 per 1000 words of pure original content is in any way shape or form acceptable is absolutely ridiculous. most literary magazines, which pay way more, get some form of publication rights but you the author retain all ownership rights. they’re not paying you for your intellectual property, only their right to display it without you suing them for infringingon your rights as a creator and owner of original content.
know your worth. know your value. i don’t know how many of these ridiculous ads actually get takers, but please do not answer any of them.
your ideas and writing and talent are worth more than pennies
Bitty carefully wrangled the front door open, juggling the key to the front door with hands full of grocery bags and boxes of pie. He kicked off his boots by the entrance and deftly tossed his keys onto the nearest table.
It was dark in the apartment, though he was able to guide his way to the kitchen from a faint glow coming from the living room.
“Jack, honey? You home?”
A muffled and completely indistinguishable grumble accompanied by a lazy hand wave was all that distinguished the outline of Jack from the bunch of blankets and pillows he’d bundled up in. Bitty carefully set down everything he’d picked up on his way home and make his way over towards the couch. He flopped down heavily, and spread his body out against the solid mass on the couch.
“What’s wrong sweetheart?”
“Hard practice. Tired. ‘S waiting for you to be home.”
Full sentences seemed to require more energy than Jack was willing to give. His voice was heavy and languid. He hadn’t moved an inch when Bitty had flattened himself against him.
“Oh well if that’s all…” Bitty lets his voice trail on, slowly working his hands and fingers all over Jack’s sides and arms - or at least what parts of Jack are easily accessible.
“I wanna go to the Olympics.”
Bitty stills his hands, unsure of how to process where this conversation may be leading.
“They’re being dumb and don’t want us to go. But ‘m gonna do it.” The words are quiet, more murmur than actual speech. A long drawn out sigh follows.
He has to press his face into Jack’s shoulder to muffle the laugh that’s tempting to bubble out of him, but he just manages. Jack’s nearly asleep, possibly not even aware of what he’s saying.
“Mm-hmm,” Bitty hums, because what else can he say?
“Can’t cancel Olympic hockey. N’st work that way.” Jack slurs.
“They sure can’t honey. I’m sure it will work out.”
He goes back to softly trailing his fingers across Jack’s exposed arm, enjoying the warmth radiating around them. He’s not mad that his hockey obsessed boyfriend is passed out on the couch dreaming of the olympics while he’s visiting. This? This is what coming home is supposed to feel like.
Something about the nhl and olympics and zimbits got to me.
concept: both u and penny are the best. u share the throne. u complement (and compliment 👉👉) each other perfectly and bring peace & prosperity the world.
Concept: Penny keeps the throne and handles the social events. I get to wear the sparkly crown, bring back the guillotine to deal with certain politicians, impose a better democratic system with votes on important matters such as ‘should the scientific name for dogs be changed to doggos’, beat the conservative party with a pointy stick and then write a few history books.