What was your first paying writing or publishing job?
My first paid writing job was back in 1990, when I published an article in The Nursing Times on coercion and the use of psychotropic drugs in mental health care.
I was studying psychological medicine at the time (one of the many 'incarnations' during a colorful and varied life!) and was inspired to write it based on concerns that I had about the situations I had observed in clinical practice.
They bought it and published it without an edit and promptly paid me $150. It was about 1000 words.
It was so easy to write. I thought 'aha!' but it has never been quite that easy since!
My first paying writing was with an online bloging web site called sulekha .com
Now I am getting paid from hubpages.
A couple of weeks after starting with Hubpages in April of last year, I joined the Yahoo Contributor's Network and had my very first article accepted for a payment of $2.00. After that, I contributed two or three more articles, but had them all rejected. Consequently, I gave up and stopped submitting to Yahoo and continued solely with Hubpages.
Years ago I wrote a story for one of the popular romance magazines of the time. I was paid $200.00. I thought I had died and gone to heaven and, I really, really, really needed the money.
I got my first pay for writing from hubpages that is the year 2012. I have continuously enjoyed receiving my monthly pay from Hubpages.
I wrote for the teen column in my local newspaper in high school. Recieved $25 an article I believe. Not a bad gig for a teenager.
I sold cartoon strips in 5th grade -- thank you Mr. BT for a great year. He had our class create our own society (history, laws, money) and we lived in it for the half hour or so after lunch for a semester. We could sell and buy things, but only things we made ourselves.
It is true I was paid in "Bones" (I didn't come up with the name, but I did design the money -- green triangles with the words written in bone shape... (dittoed not copied back then of course! Ahh, purple ink.)
I still have some Bones all these years later.
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