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The following YouTube video was posted on Freelance Writing Jobs, a blog I follow faithfully.  It is a clip from a movie featuring writer Harlan Ellison.  In it, Ellison makes it very clear that writers have a skill they should be compensated for.  He makes no bones about it, so if you’re averse to swearwords or in a location where it might not be safe for such language to be issuing forth from your computer’s speakers, consider yourself forewarned.  I especially like his comments about how writers are supposed to be thrilled to give our work away for “publicity” reasons.