Bloody Thursday

Unfortunately, we had to take a surprise trip to the emergency room last Thursday night. No, it wasn’t for one of the children. It was me.

Letters To The Editor For March 29th

This Week:

  • I’m A Victim, Too!
  • Another Way To Know If It’s Selling
  • Either Obtain Permission Or Don’t Use It – It’s That Easy!
  • Thanks!

Should I Bid on Writing Jobs?

As a freelancer, I am used to editors and publications stating that they will pay flat fees for a certain word count or pay so much per word, but I have come across a situation that is new to me and my circle of writing friends.
A local business with international contacts is looking for freelance writers. This business does quite a bit of work with government and commercial contracts and the freelance work is for a company publication which will go out to employees and retirees. I have submitted a resume and clips to them and now the department which solicits bids needs to contact me. At this point I will be asked to submit bids regarding the articles possibly based on word length or even number of sources.
How should I approach this as I am unfamiliar with what would be a good market rate and what if they want a bid based on something other than word length or type of article?

Whispers And Warnings For March 29th

This Week:

More Maxisms

Gifford’s opened for the season last weekend and we were very excited. The opening of Gifford’s is a sign that Spring is imminent. We asked Max (age 4) is he remembered what Gifford’s was. His response was a puzzled look.

When Writers Steal from Other Writers

When Writers Steal from Other Writers

We received a huge response to our article two weeks ago about the writer who received $500 for the unauthorized use of her work, and an even bigger response to last week’s article, When Someone Steals Your Work. What all authors need to know is that there are not just companies and websites that steal from writers. There is also a growing problem of writers stealing from other writers…

You Want to Bill Them HOW? By Crystal Schwanke

If you’re like me, the, “How much would you charge me for this article/project” question brings a clammy coating to your skin and you could swear the temperature in your office just dropped by at least a few degrees. There are several ways to calculate costs. Take into consideration how much research and time will be involved in the completion of the task. Work from there to discover the best way to bill your clients in order to remain fair to them while also remaining true to yourself and your financial needs.

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