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Should you write for free?
Established author speaks out after being asked to contribute work for free.

Established author Philip Hensher articulated his views on the ever-growing culture of expectation towards writers to work for free. In his article, Hensher notes the trend of book fairs, literary festivals and contest judging as events for which authors are frequently asked to contribute to without pay.

"We're creating a world where we're making it impossible for writers to make a living.

"Hensher wrote his first two novels while working a day job, but said: 'I always had an eye to when I would make a living from it. If people who claim to respect literature... expect [unpaid work], I see no future for young authors. Why would you start on a career if it's not just impossible, but improper, to expect payment?'

"There's a romantic notion that authors work for the love of culture and high ideals, but it doesn't put food on the table. If you value culture, you must pay artists. It's a complete con and an absolute racket. There's a word for working for free: it's slavery." 

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Source: The Guardian
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