“The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” — Robert Benchley
“When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.” — Margaret Laurence
“Why did you become a journalist?”
“Better than working for a living.” —Leslie Cockburn, Baghdad Solitaire
And now, for the least fun topic of all: business talk! I promise to keep the math simple and the windedness short. Remember: This stuff may be a pain in the ass, but it’ll keep the lights on and the water running and, with hope, buy you a yacht someday. Here are the basics.
In freelance writing, payment is all over the place. It’s sometimes great; it’s sometimes ridiculously bad. But sometimes the ...