Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Will write for food

I've been a struggling writer as long as I've been a professional writer and I laughed when I saw these survey results citing the high *insert chuckle* wages of public relations professionals in Texas. Now, I've only dabbled in PR and spent most of my time as a writer, but this was amusing to me:

Geographically, the markets offering the highest pay levels are Dallas and Austin. Houston and Fort Worth markets follow but are about $10,000 per year lower, at $67,000 to $69,000," says Jim Haynes, chairman of the board of trustees of the Public Relations Foundation of Texas . "By industry, the highest paying jobs appear to be in manufacturing, high technology and energy, while nonprofit organizations, education and state and local government jobs are among the lowest compensated."

Yep, leave it to me to work for the stat and a non-profit during my only two PR stints.

I loved the response of one of my colleagues who said she would start promoting her self in the following fashion:
Professional writer for more than 10 years. Will work for bargain rate of $55,000.

Now, that is good one.


  • At 10:29 PM, January 08, 2006, Blogger MrsDoF said…

    My sister is the safety director at a coal-burning power plant in West Virginia. With all the hullabaloo about the trapped and non-saved miners, there has come a request for PR and well-written press releases.
    Sis got drafted, seeing that she did all those research papers to earn a Master's Degree.
    Says writing is too difficult, she would rather get paid to climb the smokestacks or walk the chute while wearing a hardhat.

  • At 9:40 AM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    It is funny that most people hate to write and it just comes naturally to others. I truly believe that spinning news for the PR hacks and writing things concisely in easy to understand language is a gift that few truly have. It would be nice to be compensated as such. *shrug*

    As for me, I'm still hanging out in downtown with my "will write for food" sign.

  • At 2:02 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger MrsDoF said…

    We went to see GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK the other night at our historic theater.
    Talk about good, concise, clear writing! Edward R. Murrow can never be duplicated!

    ps: about your other posts, I am sipping hot tea with honey because I believe a trip to Snot Land is coming on.
    Doggone meetings with contagious people....


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