August 21, 2008

Porn for Free


One of my friends has a formula when looking for work. Would he take a job at half the pay offered? If not, he passes. I like the concept, and I try to imagine what that would mean for the (50 or so) jobs I’ve had.

Would I write porn for 50% off?

Well, I often write for free. I mean, when you write without having a home for your work, you are writing on spec. If you don’t sell the story, you’ve done the job for free. Right? But if I won the lottery, I would still be a writer. I think tiny bits of books are in my blood. A sans-serif here. An apostrophe there. My curls are simply crazy strings of commas stuck together. My skin isn’t quite as pale as the 55# Glatfelter Offset White we use for our books.

We’re small. We have 17 titles in print. But I’d do this job for $1.66 an hour. I swear. So how about you? For love or money?

XXX,
Alison

12 comments:

Jeremy Edwards said...

[Sings]
Porrrrrrn free,
As free as the cock grows,
As free as the mouth blows,
Porn free to swallow your part!

Ahem.

But seriously ... I write erotica for the love (or do I mean lust?) of it. The money is a very welcome development, but not the main motivator.

Nikki Magennis said...

Jeremy! God, you make me laugh.

As for the love/money question, I do it sose I can drive my Lambourgini. And to keep the pool boy in wages. And for the - okay, yes, it's a fair cop. Love wins, hands down.

Dakota Rebel said...

I've been writing for free for years. I didn't stop then and I doubt I would stop if the money went away now.

It's all for you Damien. I mean, it's definately for the love of it.

Jeremy - VERY nice. LMAO.

XoXoXo
Dakota Rebel

Heidi Champa said...

There isn't even a question. All you need is love. I think I've heard that somewhere before. . . ;)

Neve Black said...

I'm singing too, like Jeremy, but my theme song is the Snow White classic: Someday my (delete Prince) ability to write will cum .

Would I do it for free? Yep. I'm pretty much doing it for free now, baby. :-)

Jeremy Edwards said...

Neve, I think Prince is going to be very disappointed that you deleted him from your cum-ing sentence.

Gee, it seems like nobody's fucking Prince around here!

Emerald said...

I think my ditching of the day job world almost three years ago seems a fair indicator that it hasn't historically been money that motivates me...though possibly it doesn't motivate me enough (sigh...oh happy medium, where art thou?). But yes, of course I would write for half the money or for free, which I often have and still do. I consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to focus on it as much as I do.

Xoxo,
Emerald

Kirsten Monroe said...

Love definitely, but also for my sanity....priceless.

EllaRegina said...

I've only ever written because I had to get it out, because I wanted to, for the joy of it, from the time I could wrap my little nail-bitten fingers around those thick red elementary school pencils.

I'd love to get a six-figure book contract, a large advance, a movie deal, and a city named after me (or maybe just a certain style of municipal uniform), sure, but that's not what brings me to my keyboard each day or keeps me up at night scribbling on my bedside pad.

Craig Sorensen said...

Now who's the troubadour, Jeremy? Outstanding!

You're not well, I'm pleased to say!

I wrote for years for free. Cut me and I bleed ink. Like J said before, the money is a welcome development.

kristina lloyd said...

I'm a bit late but just to say - I think tiny bits of books are in my blood. A sans-serif here. An apostrophe there. My curls are simply crazy strings of commas stuck together - that I absolutely love, love, love this image!

So bonkers and gorgeous and sexy and witty. You turned books into flesh without being remotely naff or purple about it.

*Swoons awe-struckly*

Kristina Wright said...

I often joke that the only jobs I love are the ones that pay practically nothing. So, yeah-- for love, not money. Always.