A writer for TheSpoof.com has denounced other writers who are moaning about the fees paid for their work. The writer, ranger121, with a 1.85 a day average, says that the others "Should be grateful for anything at all."
Speaking from his suite at the Hilton, paid for by TheSpoof.com, he said, "These guys don't know when they're well off. The kudos of seeing your work in print, having your peers rate it fairly, and climbing up that top 20 writers list is what it's all about. It shouldn't be about the money, it's about the art. Now, excuse me, I have a plane to catch."
Bosses at TheSpoof.com have been resisting calls for a massive increase in fees, citing the usual running costs of their limousines, helicopters and five-star accommodation.
A spokeman for TheSpoof.com said, "The money has to come from somewhere. We are, at the moment, struggling with some transport costs and a large bar bill. But, given time, we can bring this round. Providing Murdoch doesn't screw it up, of course."
Other writers were not so sure. "They must be raking it in, what with the ads, sponsors and goodness knows what else. No wonder the top writers are living it up on champagne and fat cigars, with free holidays and grand hotel suites. They should think about the struggling artist," said one writer, who preferred to be anonymous.
ranger121 caught his flight to the South of France, and has wireless laptop access on the private beach.