Why I said ‘no’ to the old ‘get paid by exposure’ trick
I drew a line in the sand the other day. Or chipped it in granite. Or something.
It was the same line Will Wheaton drew with the HuffPo last year – saying ‘no’ to commercial enterprise offering ‘exposure’ in lieu of actual payment to authors.
I’m approached reasonably often to contribute to publications or give a talk or appear on TV shows or other stuff, as a subject expert on some historical topic or other. Until recently that’s always been on a professional basis. But the last couple of TV approaches carried on the ‘well, it’s exposure’ line.
My reply? If you hired a plumber to fix the toilet and said ‘well, I can’t pay you, but I’ll tell all my friends about you’, they’d laugh.
And expert knowledge is expert knowledge. Go to a medical specialist who has 30 years experience? You’ll pay $300 or more for…
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