Should You Consider Adult Assignments?

Jun 27th, 2010 | By Allison | Category: Freelance Writing, Job Hunting

Here’s something you may not know about me: a few years ago, I was the sex and seduction editor for now-defunct Daily G2, an online newsletter that went out to both subscribers and to radio stations across the country. As far as topics go, they were adult-orientated, but fairly mild – the stuff you’d see in Cosmo. I’ve also helped a friend do some work on an adult xxx site she was setting up, though nothing had my name attached to it. On top of that, I’ve ghost-written some guides for married couples who want to spice up their lives behind closed doors.

So, yes, I do think that you should consider adult assignments…but actually taking the assignments may not be right for you. You should NOT take an adult assignment if…

  • …the topic makes you highly uncomfortable. You don’t want to hate your work or feel bad about yourself while writing.
  • …you don’t believe what you’re writing. If someone wants to hire you for a book about how to do something and you don’t believe that the advice you’ve been asked to give is a good idea, turn down the job.
  • …you’re morally opposed to the topic. Even if you believe that sex should only exist in a marriage, there could be adult assignments out there for you. However, if the topic doesn’t align with your moral standards, say no. For example, I’ve turned down assignments about how to cheat.
  • …you don’t have experience for it. If you’re asked to write about how to do something that you’ve never done, the job isn’t for you. Don’t feel bad or embarrassed about it!
  • …the job skirts the edge of legality. You don’t want to be associated with anything that could be breaking rules.

Also, before you write anything adult-orientated, make sure that you understand whether or not your name will be attached. I have a personal line that I won’t cross when it comes to using my name with adult-related work. It has nothing to do with pride in my work. You have to be aware that some clients will be VERY put off if they see your name on adult websites and could decide not to hire you because of it.

This post was written by me and first published on b5media’s Bizzia website. It is reposted here with permission.

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