They Want You to Produce Sample Content - They Should Share Risk

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was no compensation. Increasingly, organizations are demanding applicants for jobs and contract assignments create a sample of what would be done on the job. Reasonable request, usually. Some, though, verge on the bizarre. One brandname media outlet had a three-hour test.

2014 56

When Facebook Changes Algorithm - Not Every Publisher Perishes

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The compensation mediocre or worse. The compensation is good and it gets lots better as we pile up a track record. Recently, shame on me, I tried again producing content for publishers. Their tragic flaw was demanding way too much for too little compensation.

2018 52

Disney Acquisition of 21st Century Fox - 5,000 to 10,000 Jobs Could Be Cut

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The ongoing layoffs in journalism have already been deflating compensation for creating content.   However, many journalists are having a rough time struggling to transition into producing other lines of content. Acquisitions create redundancies.

2017 52

On-Demand-Economy Workers - Being the CMOs of Our Own Earnings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Sure, we give time for a selling approach to gain traction, for a client to increase our compensation, and for the expertise we are developing in the difficult field of technical writing to attract new business. That's a long time to wait for compensation. But not the compensation.

2016 56

Here We Go Again - Retail Sales Down 1.2%, Most Since 2009 - Time for a News Fast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Retirees, Class of 2019 who will be looking for jobs, highly compensated older workers, and small businesspeople like myself. More and more over-educated have been produced.

2019 56

The Amazing Anna Delvey

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But, the story that has captivated the world as well as Netflix and HBO producers is how she allegedly also bilked major law firms. One, it factors into their total compensation. Anna Sorokin aka Anna Delvey may be the baby-faced version of Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos. 

2019 52

TruConversion - It's Really Trying to Pull This (the business of Congress to investigate)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No, producing an unpaid sample of what you might be able to do for an employer or client is not unethical all the time. But no specific compensation is mentioned in the TruConversion help-wanted. Click on this help-wanted on ProBlogger - Jobs by TruConversion.

2016 68

Future of Standardized Testing in Play

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Standardized testing is a large and lucrative revenue-producer. The compensation was better than average. Several years ago I got in on the action. That was by grading ACT essays by high school students. A perk was working next to other highly educated folks. 

2017 52

Cover Letters - Seasoned Professionals Can Prevent Getting Knocked Out of Box as "Overqualified"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

If they have evidence you will produce what they need they are likely to overlook age per se.  A long one waves a red flag in front of employers that you expect high compensation for all that experience.

2018 56

NBC: Andy Lack Could Be Scapegoated for Megyn Kelly Expensive Train Wreck

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Another error in judgment was allowing Kelly's compensation to be public. Any success she produces in her Next will reflect poorly on how NBC managed this star.  The negotiation part of Megyn Kelly's exit from NBC ended last Friday.

2019 56

Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior - Dechert Management Responds to Those Directly on Glassdoor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The compensation may not really reimburse the number of hours of work. Among what employees mention are allegations about: Sexual harassment by a high producer which was not punished.

Saint Kathryn - Gabriel Sherman of Legal Sector

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino has created a brandname by covering gender discrimination compensation lawsuits filed against BigLaw. Yes, she did receive compensation bumps upwards.

2017 52

Communications Careers, Including Writing - The Apprenticeship Route, Intead of Academic Degrees, Internships

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Nothing in my four years of college at Seton Hill , Greensburg, Pennsylvania or six years of doctoral studies in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, prepared me for a career producing professional content.  The compensation - ha-ha-ha. 

2014 56

Senior Editorial Cut from Media - John Austin Murphy III Finds Next as Delivery Driver

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You compensation is high. Not just contract gigs producing freelance articles. It's predictable: You are senior editorial at a brandname media outlet. So, there's a target on your back.

Presentation Barriers: The Speaker's Mindset

Professionally Speaking...

A speaker who views presentations as anxiety producing will likely number as one of his concerns being judged [unfavorably, harshly] by the audience. To somehow compensate for his feelings of inadequacy, the speaker: procrastinates preparing and practicing the presentation because of nervousness and anxiety. Last week I wrote about physical barriers to a presentation -- actual objects that get in between the speaker and the audience and block connection.

2010 117

"They" Shut You Out - The American Way Is To Build Your Own Institutions (survive/scale)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As Angela Morris reports in Law.com , these are females who perceived that they are shut out of equal compensation, promotions, status, influence, and key opportunities to develop new business. The dynamics produced excellent results. This was predictable.

2018 52

Caeerism - Radical Recovery

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We followed the rules for success in our niche and the jobs or running our businesses produced the expected outcomes. Sure, in the 20th century, careerism paid off. The situation - economy, technology, labor market - was relatively stable.

2017 52

On-Demand Economy - Not All Help-Wanted Sites Are Equal

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The game is to identify which platforms tend to contain the lion's share of the kinds of assignments we can do and at the highest compensation. Admittedly, most And the expectation is that you will produce a 500-word non-paid writing sample.

2015 65

Ghostwriting - Go for the money and the intellectually stimulating work will follow

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 In return we received generous compensation. "  If you are going to be paid peanuts in the beginning, no matter what kind of wonderful work you produce you are not going to be paid a whole lot more. Ghostwriting used to be a classy profession.

2013 52

Growing a business requires growing up - That includes TechLand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Amazon still isn't producing adequate profits. But the compensation sucks. " For example, my commentary, I used to rant, "ought to" receive superior compensation. With great glee many in the business media are detailing the "correction" in tech.

2016 56

Writers - Trapped in Buyers' Market, Pivoting to Sellers' Influencer Market

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But that compensation tends to be more-than-enough. There are other ways, ranging from lots of followers on social networks to producing a newsletter which catches fire. The world of leadership communications has split in two. There are those with full-time jobs with benefits.

Buyer 52

"Unintended Entrepreneur" - 40% of Us Are Already Scrambling on Our Own, Many More Will Follow

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

He should have anticipated he could be replaced by a 20-something at a third of his compensation.  Here are 6 tips:  Grab any income-producing opportunity. Billionaires in tech who also changed the world made the concept of entrepreneurship heroic.

2019 56

2019, So Far - 2,400 Layoffs in Media (that brutal moment of clarity)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Compensation is going down. The producer Dick Wolf creates plot lines ripped from real-life headlines.  On the one hand, former bigwig at The New York Times Jill Abramson laments that commentary is replacing facts in media. That's her rant in "Merchants of Truth."

2019 56

Why Your Unhappy Lawyer Is Still Practicing Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Check Craigslist and the low compensation keeps getting lower. The career path of professional writing mirrored much of what had been routine in academia: research, reading, thinking, connecting the dots cautiously, and producing content. 

2018 52

Martin Sorrell Exits WPP - End of "Mad Men" Glory Days in Ad World

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Journalists have to produce clickbait so that the most advertising space possible can be sold. Marketing communications content-providers are being compensated at $15 an hour. It was a time when creativity was glorified.

2018 52

Columbia U's Tow Center for Digital Journalism - Game-Changer

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Actually, compensation for digital has been improving.    When Ana Marie Cox was heading the "Wonkette" section of Gawker.com, she was earning about $10 a post and had to produce 10 a day.  Leader in journalism education, Columbia University has changed the game.    On Tuesday evening, it launched the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.  

AOL: Judge tosses lawsuit filed by dummies who blogged for free

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It was filed by 9000 bloggers who agreed to produce work for the digital site for free in exchange for exposure.  "Tasini v. AOL" might go down in history as 1 of the silliest class action lawsuits. 

From Saul Alinksy to Barack Obama - How Ordinary People (even those over-70) Can Change Anything

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Obama tech fundamental produced change even faster. Both compensated me for my "inconvenience." When Hillary Clinton was a fresh (and female) face in the political scene, she brought union organizer Saul Alinsky to the mainstream.

2018 52

Among brandnames in play: Boies Schiller & Flexner

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They contend compensation isn't competitive.   As late Fox News head Roger Ailes was falling from grace because of alleged sexual misconduct, former producers for shows on that cable network consulted with career experts. And he was able to receive plum offers for producer jobs in both Manhattan and D.C. Time will tell if the branding of Boies Schiller & Flexner (BSF) has been tarnished by its association with disgraced Harvey Weinstein.

2018 40

Post-Protestant Ethic of Work - Universal Basic Income

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And, it could facilitate for creatives, like myself, what we keep saying we long for: to produce the whatever which could be a game-changer in society. Those traditionalists even complain about unemployment compensation.

2018 52

Law School - Humans Plan, Gods Laugh

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's one reason why Dick Wolf has produced so much engaging content in his "Law & Order" franchise. They might enter a new world order in which lawyers have access to plum employment with lucrative compensation and great job security.

2017 52

Weil Gotshal Cuts 60 Junior Lawyers: Remember when we in PR were viewed as children of a lesser god

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Today elite BigLaw firm Weil Gotshal & Manges announced, reports David Lat at Abovethelaw.com , it is laying off 60 junior lawyers (associates) and cutting the compensation of 30 of the 300 lawyers who are partners. Sometimes we need   to feel smug, even arrogant.

2013 52

Barnes & Noble: 5Qs of declining sales - Are bookstores going way of Network TV?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Just the way they're produced and distributed is being revolutionized.    That company will handle recruiting authors, compensating them, doing on-demand publishing of the book, and playing a major role in promoting it through user reviews.  There's no room for sentiment.    Not even the bigfoot of bookstores is having an easy time of it.    It isn't just the Mom & Pop ones. 

Universal Basic Income (UBI) - Nothing New About It

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Later, unemployment compensation, extended during the brutal recession in the mid 1970s, financed my start as a writer. I would have taken UBI and learned by trial and error to produce content which was publishable.

2017 52

The Constitution of United States ca. 2015 (what’s left of it)

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.

2015 109

Sustainability: So how will that play out for us writers, excuse me, content-providers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  One model I observe is emerging for us writers, excuse me, content-providers, is to establish experience, expertise, and a brandname contributing compelling material for relatively low compensation to media sites with both traffic and influence. 

2012 52

The Writing Life - A Game, Like Everything Else In Capitalism

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They either won't or can't get the hang of producing clickbait. Currently, the closer the assignment is to closing the sale, the more of them there are, the more the compensation, and the better the treatment since it's in the self-interest of the buyer to keep us happy.

2015 65

Niche Marketing - Not So Easy Finding Exactly the Right Niche for Your Business

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The glut drove down compensation.   Currently, I have more assignments for strategically planning and producing content than for coaching per se.  The genius of Staples way back when was this: It identified a niche that needed to be served.

2018 52

Children of Yu Mein Chow - 21st Century Oliver Twists

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Maybe this collapse of a whole industry by tech will play out the way digital has killed off journalism jobs and triggered low compensation for other kinds of writers.   Around the time of The Great Recession, I began to earn more of my living from coaching than producing content.

2018 52

"Copywriting" New Term for "Ghostwriting" - Yes, executive communications pros, respond to those help-wanted

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It's reassuring that I still have the whatever to produce copy that is picked up by those establishment powers-that-be.    And the compensation is above average.

2013 52

Ghostwriting and Speechwriting: How Baby Boomers Can Get More Assignments than We Can Handle

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

We offer to do that with no expectation of extra compensation.  It goes with the territory that clients may not like the product we produce. Unlike athletes, there is no reason why we ghostwriters and speechwriters can't remain in business forever.

2014 61

Over-50, Still Working: Biggest American Experiment Since Democracy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  It's going to produce a powerful wave of late bloomers like Clint Eastwood, Lou Dobbs, Hillary Clinton, and, who knows, maybe even Jay Leno 3.0.    Those include unnecessary errors of judgment, feuds, inability to let go, and obsession with compensation and perks." "We over-50 represent nearly a third of the U.S. workforce [Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce.] Most of us want to/or need to keep it just that way, that is employed or self-employed."

Andrew Altenburg - Getting Him Back to Work

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They will toss the application of those with 10 years, assuming their expectation for compensation will be too high and/or they will bolt when a more lucrative opportunity comes up.

2018 52