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A tale for the business books:

One thing I found extremely ironic was when, last year, writers were shocked & freaking out over California’s AB 5 legislation. Way I understand it is, this legislation caps freelance submissions at 35 “submissions” per year per “putative employer.” Considering paid freelance stories go for a paltry $25 on the low end, and $1 per word on the high end, that makes it so anyone who makes their living as a freelance writer in California is pretty much screwed.

If that is true, then it’s just another run of the mill screwball California law.

And, the only reason I knew about it is internet marketers kept incessantly emailing me about it in a panic, weeping & gnashing their teeth about how it’s the end of the world for freelance writers, will soon spread to other states, etc, how I NEEDED to warn my list, yada, yada, yada.

And maybe it is the end for freelance writers.

I don’t know, nor do I care, and haven’t even kept up with the drama.


Because (1):

A lot of California freelance writers tend to be ideologically self sabotaging going by the ones I have personally known, interacted with, and have observed squawking nonsense from their social justice soapboxes over the years, and overwhelmingly voted for the bat shyt politicians who pushed for this law in the first place. If you are a writer living there and you like that sort of thing, and if you voted for these politicians to help “the children” or whatever, that’s your business. But don’t be shocked when the unintended consequences bite you.

And (2):

I don’t cater to nor pretend to be able to help someone who thinks in terms of just being a “writer.” Especially when there are so many ways anyone with even a smidgen of writing skill (not even talent, just skill) can make out like a bandit… and not only be immune to these kinds of idiotic laws, but probably profit from them.

The kneejerk reaction going on by writers horrified by it all was rather fascinating.


This is also a perfect example of the important difference between thinking like a “writer” and thinking like a publisher.

If you are a mere writer your income is most likely capped due to time & energy constraints anyway.

If you are a publisher, the sky is the limit.

The power is not in your “writing”, but in owning and/or controlling your own publishing medias.

Which brings me to the punchline:

The upcoming May “Email Players” issue is all about stacking media platforms. If you are a mere “writer”, even if you enjoy voting for politicians openly hostile to your business, then I believe it can give you lots of ideas for re-booting that sagging self-sabotaging inner game, and become far more than a mere writer to potentially create a far bigger, more successful, and more secure business for your bad self.

Or not.

If you don’t use the info, and just curl up into a fetal position it won’t help you at all.

Whatever the case, you’ll have to decide soon.

The deadline to subscribe in time for the May issue is almost upon you.

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Ben Settle

  • Book & Tabloid Newsletter Publisher
  • Email Supremacist
  • Alt-Copywriter
  • Software Investor
  • Pulp Novelist

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