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On Being a Travel Writing Whore

A travel writing whore? A few days ago, I was feeling pretty good, but since announcing that I’m willing to pay some writers for travel stories, I’ve discovered something. I’m a cheap whore!

Actually, I’m not too bothered by that. I’ve written for nothing for so long that when I find someone willing to pay me for my words, I simply feel flattered. However, in the past day, I’ve discovered that what is flattering to me is ridiculous to others.

I’ve been flooded with aspiring travel writers and established travel writers asking me how much I am paying for travel writing on Vagobond. In fact…I’m not telling. If you want to be a Vagobond Writer, you need to submit a guest post which you will get a link and author credit in return for. Those who make the grade will be offered the chance to write on a regular basis with some modest compensation.

So where does my cheap travel whoreness come in? Well, in looking at the many rate cards, the amount people offer per word, and the amount per piece, I realize, I must be selling myself cheap to all of the clients I write for. Since my writing is grammatical, compelling, and at the client’s request, keyword optimized, I always figured my rates were fair. Now I know, they are just cheap.

Some of the rates I’ve been offered were $750 per post, $0.10 per word (500 words= $50.00) , and the more modest $400 per month. For those who are hoping to find a cushy travel writing job with me, I’m sorry to disappoint. Not yet.

At the moment, what you might get from me is a drop in the bucket compared with all of that. And yet, it’s something. First of all you get a valuable link from my top rated blog. Second, you get your name out there. Third, you actually get some cash. Fourth, you get the chance to introduce yourself to my readers. All of these are things that I was dying for a few years ago…but I suppose times have changed.

I should really consider raising my prices…but then, maybe it’s better to be a cheap whore with an exclusive client list than an expensive one who is drinking alone at the bar.

For those of you who have submitted your travel stories, most of them will be published in the coming weeks (I say most because while I loved “The Best Whore Houses in the World,” it was a little too graphic for me to publish and “Why i like so Much Trvling” just needed a little too much work for me to publish it.)

As I stated before, those who get on board now will be the first to be offered future possibilities, but for now, please don’t expect the price of a cheap plane ticket (unless it’s a RyanAir special!) but you might get the price of a cheap whore.

cheerfully and whorishly,

~vago

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Vago Damitio

Mr. Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook

One thought on “On Being a Travel Writing Whore

  • November 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm
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    brilliant! and now I know I just have to submit you an article :)

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