Getting (Moniteraly) Appreciated as a Writer: A Scant Thing of Joy

As a freelance writer, I am approached by a lot of websites, magazines, newspapers and blogs to write/edit for them. The harsh reality that we as writers face is that despite enough experience and  a good profile to boast, few of us are actually paid for our creative writeups. Most companies expect us to write for free. Forget paying, getting byline/author bios on their allegedly awesome”platforms” is in itself considered a favour to the Intellectual property holders of the content. (Read with rolling eyes)


In such times I have met two people/companies who have pleasantly surprised me with good pay cheques that too without me opening my mouth. I would like to mention these two names with pride, gratitude and honour.

  1. (Raksha Bharadia Ma’am) – An intriguing website based on relationships.
  2. 2. News Times Post (Virendra Singh Rawat Sir) – An amazing English Fortnightly published from Lucknow, distributed all over India.

I am thankful to have met these two people and I am glad that I got associated with their respective companies. More than the money, your encouragement, appreciation and motivation boost my moral. Thank you 🙂

About Surabhi Pandey 291 Articles
A former TV Presenter at Doordarshan Delhi​, Surabhi is the author of 'Nascent Wings' and 'Saturated Agitation'. She is a freelance journalist focused on Lifestyle and Social commentaries. She has been writing in this space for six years. Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the Times of India, YP SG, Lifestyle Collective, Youth Ki Awaaz and Re:ad Poetry among others. She also writes Tech articles that have appeared on Tech Collective, Kr Asia, SBO.SG, SYNC PR, Entrepreneur and e27. She is the founder of The Vent Machine.

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