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Writing for Money

by taking off the mask (writer), Los Angeles, January 29, 2011

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Getting paid to write

If something sounds to good to be true, chances are it is.

When I became friends with Matt* I was excited to learn all about him, and he shared with me details of his lonely life. I befriended him and looked forward to his messages. I confided in him and told me a lot about myself and my personal life. We never met but I’d seen his picture and well things never went past the internet. One day I showed him my Broowaha profile and he was impressed. He asked me to write for his site, one which I cannot name. I told him I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to write for his site, so he offered to pay me for each article I submitted. So we agreed and when I told my family, for once in my life they were very proud of me. It was an accomplishment, a total compliment. I smiled every time I repeated that I was a writer, and got paid to do it. People were impressed, as was I; it was a dream job even if the pay wasn’t much it was the idea that kept me happy for the next few months. The money came in great use when I was moving house to house and job to job, it was one of the few things I could rely on, yet I wasn’t sure how long it would last. Our friendship was also strong and he was such a fan of my work, it made writing even more pleasurable. But then things took an evil twist. When Sunday arrived and I reminded him to pay me he said put it on his tab and continue writing. So I did and I made sure to keep up with our deal, 4 articles a week, and I submitted them without fail. When the articles started adding up and the pay was nowhere to be found I messaged him asking what was going on. He reassured me he had my money, but that was over three months ago, and my PayPal account still only has $1.32. Our friendship went down the drain because he stopped replying, and when he did it was a brief hello, nothing about the money, not a question about my wellbeing. I asked him to tell me if he was planning to send the money, because if he wasn’t I’d stop expecting it and just give up, but he ignored that plea and went on ignoring me. So the moral of the story is be careful who you work for and make sure you have everything written down, because the person you called a friend could just be another thief. So I write to Broowaha for the love of writing and the freedom of expression it offers me. Although I cannot count on Matt* I know I can count on Broowaha to be here tomorrow and with that I smile and pick up my pen once again.



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19 comments on Writing for Money

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By PATRICK PETION on February 03, 2011 at 01:10 am

well very well done, but it seem the reason why your friendship and that great opportunity of writting for money was over is only because ARC had broken. what I mean is in order to have a good relationship, you need to have these factor which are, affinity, reality and communication. I believe in your case some where you and matt or matt or you had lost reality, so that relation wasn't real enought. so when reality is gone so is affinity and communication. you could have resolve that by remining him that you are real and your work are also real. if he had miss them for few day maybee thing might work out.

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By taking off the mask on February 04, 2011 at 04:10 am

Well what can I say even after what he did I still changed the story and blocked his real name to protect him, not sure why I am being decent when what I should do is rat him out...maybe I will.

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on February 05, 2011 at 01:48 pm

thats not even a friend nor a business partner....

keep punchin' (as im known for that around here.)

but for you...keep writin'

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By taking off the mask on February 05, 2011 at 03:11 pm

@'Mean' Mike Duffau - yeah I think I'm more hurt then pissed. If he would have told me that he can't pay me anymore I would have understood but that's not how he handled the situation

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By taking off the mask on February 05, 2011 at 03:51 pm

@Askcherlock - thank you, I really appreciate your words. I'm working on a piece now

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By taking off the mask on February 06, 2011 at 01:36 am

@HurricaneDean - I would and thought about it, but the articles have to get approved...

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By -YumnaU. on February 06, 2011 at 04:57 am

Aw man. That is so bad, I wonder how people can be so mean and low.

It's better to check everything on the first step!

Thanks for the warning.

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By Angie Alaniz on February 22, 2011 at 12:18 am

Hey, though I understand why the hurt feelings I think one must remember that SOMETIMES things aren't always as they seem.

TOTM has already exposed him.

Maybe something else was going on and you just weren't on the top of his list but not because of being mean spirit to you personally but due to other problems.

Sometimes, its not all about you.

In any case, please send me an email with the amount of money you were owed.

Im also sorry you felt badly enough to make this public.

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By taking off the mask on February 22, 2011 at 02:31 am

@Angie, I asked him if he just needed more time, if everything was okay, etc. It's been months and no word. This was my last resort. I'll be emailing you shortly. Thank You

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By Angie Alaniz on February 22, 2011 at 08:38 am

Well, i'd say your mission was accomplished.

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By Angie Alaniz on February 22, 2011 at 03:01 pm

Because I had no idea about TOTM, and her little agreeement. Perhaps she could of said something to me as well and this could of all been avoided.Again, things aren't always as they seem.

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By taking off the mask on February 23, 2011 at 01:07 am

@Ed- Thank you for the support. I REALLY appreciate it :)

@Angie - Honestly I didn't know you were one of the owners. Heck I didn't realize Tony was either till recently

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By taking off the mask on February 23, 2011 at 03:50 am

@Broo - Please know Angie paid me the total amount due. Back to writing for Broo for the love of writing :D

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on February 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

im glad its been solved...

keep punchin'

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By Angie Alaniz on February 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

OMGosh, I just noticed that the fonts on that one comment of mine is HUGE. Did you know, that you cannot write or rather respond to comments when your on an ipad? It doesn't let you type in the comment box?I was on an ipad when I wrote that and when I couldn't write or post a comment what I did was type it out on an email and copied and pasted in the box and it worked.BUT…I did not know the fonts would show up like that, when I did it that way.Comes across as if I was angry ……I see now why Ed asks me if I was upset.Just wanted to say that to you guys and of course: note to self, do not copy and paste on comments.Need to get that taken care of. AND it still bugs me we don't have an edit button on these boxes.

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By Angie Alaniz on February 23, 2011 at 04:05 pm

G_d yes....wish that was so and going to work on it.

One should be able to submit them and get them live and edit them if they wish. AND if one is submitted to where we think it needs to come down for what ever reason, we should vote on it in the cafe.

Thoughts?

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By BusinessLife on February 23, 2011 at 06:49 pm

Examiner.com works on the premis of reviewing your background, previous work, submitting maybe 3 articles then publishing your first article with review...then you are on your own to publish as many articles as you like. I think this would be really terrific. Examiner.com does pay...not very much but does compensate by the number of page views and the content as it brings in traffic. If one is smart, one can develop a series of articles to attract loyal followers.

Should start the regular columnist thing toot sweet to have fresh content always happening. :)

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By BusinessLife on February 23, 2011 at 06:49 pm

Oh, Angie. Maybe I'll send some questions your way so that you can provide some details to what's going on at Broo, BC et all. It's fun to share what's happening behind the curtains at a business.

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By taking off the mask on February 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

@ Angie sounds like a great idea. That way also the seriosu writers don't need to get pissed everytime there work is pending for more than a day. great idea :D

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