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My post about the Sad Puppies is up to 100+ comments at this point, and several of those comments have expressed frustration that I didn’t write about something different, generally things like, “Why didn’t you do a similar post on things said about the Sad Puppies” or “You should be talking about the Rabid Puppies instead of the Sads.”

I didn’t write about the Rabid Puppies in part because there doesn’t seem to be much confusion or ambiguity about Theodore Beale’s beliefs and motives, and I’m not all that interested in giving him attention. As for things said about the puppies…said by whom? I was blogging about the official pupmasters of the Sad Puppies movement, and despite claims of conspiracies and wars, there is no equivalent Anti-Puppy group.

While there are a number of reasons, perhaps the most important simply boils down to the fact that this is my blog, and I tend to write about whatever I feel like writing about, because I think it’s useful or entertaining or interesting.

I understand that a few people might think this is unfair, so I’ve come up with a proposal. If you feel it’s that important for me to write about the thing you wanted me to write, well, I am a professional writer…

For nonfiction, my rate is 25 cents/word, which I believe is fairly reasonable in the nonfiction market. Sunday’s post was 3000 words. If you’d like me to write the equivalent post for Mr. Beale and the Rabid Puppies, or about various things other people have said about the Puppy campaigns, that would come to $750. You can contact me through my website to work out payment arrangements and contract details. (I’m thinking $500 up front, with the balance payable upon publication once we see the final wordcount.)

I reserve the right to decline work, of course. If you ask me to write 500 words about why my own books suck, I might say no. Or I might say yes. That could be fun… And with two kids, I could certainly use the money!

All such posts will include a preface noting that they were commissioned. (That preface will not be included in the total word count.)

Any questions? :-)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 9th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
And this is why I adore you.

That is all.
Jun. 9th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
Two things:

1) I think your terms are more than fair, mainly because I think you're under-charging but that's me. Hang out your shingle, man. I support your efforts. :-)

2) What incredible chutzpah some people have, telling you what you should be blogging about! (See above re: under-charging.) Holy cats!
Jun. 9th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Bravo, sir. Bravo.
Jun. 9th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
That's so selfish!
Writing about what you want to write about! You should only write about what I want to read! That would make you much more interesting to me! I mean, after all, I bought one or two of your books once, but they also were not about me. Wot? I gotta pay you to write about me? OK, never mind. ;-)
Jun. 9th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: That's so selfish!
Writers are such self-important, egotistical jerks, aren't they? ;-)
Jun. 9th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
25 cent a word? Wow, if I could get paid for my history blog, I'd be rich by now. :-)
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
I repeat what deborahblakehps says above. That would be damn funny, I would read the hell outta that.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
its your blog, you write what you want.. and if you want to peer inside Beale's brainbox, I suggest full hazmat gear.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
Well said.
Jun. 10th, 2015 12:14 am (UTC)
Can we get a tweet for, say, $5? ;)
Jun. 10th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
I have this vision of my Twitterstream turning into an endless string of commercials for various people's books...
Jun. 10th, 2015 04:14 am (UTC)
No sir, no questions. As a cat lover, I'm just glad they didn't call themselves the Sad and Rabid Kittens. Or hamsters. Or bunnies.
Jun. 10th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
My blog, my rules.

Sounds right to me.
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