Of course you don’t. All around the world, freelance writers of all backgrounds and experiences ghost write for clients every single day. I do it and if you are a writer then most likely you do it too.
While seeing our name in print or digital print makes us feel all warm and fuzzy, it is nothing more than an ego boost if you are totally honest with yourself. Interestingly enough, I have come across writers online who absolutely refuse to write for a byline.
To be honest, it beats me why, but I understand that we are all different individuals with various needs. Those writers refusal to write for a byline is my win, since it leaves me with more opportunities to choose from.
Let’s face it, we write because we get paid. It’s a job. The only difference between those of you who work for an employer and those that don’t is the freedom of choice with which we can accept jobs at our disposal.
However, while that freedom is awesome and not something I would ever want to miss again, it also has its price.
The price is the cost of sanity and health if you do what I did and work yourself to the bones.
But as you all know (at least my long term readers know this), I am a fighter and refuse to give up.
So to me writing for a byline is a job I choose to take because it pays me money. If I was to work for an offline employer I wouldn’t have those choices. I would have to do as I’m told – byline or not.
I also believe that those writers who are strict about bylines leave themselves short of ample and good paying opportunities. While I have been blogging for a vast range of well known blogs and the not so well known ones, my main work has always been with ghost writing.
On another note, I also find that ghost writing pays better than jobs with bylines. This of course depends on the industry you write for as well.
How do you feel about bylines? Are they important to you?