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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter Nine

Mostly Not Boring Business Basics

“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.

Payday!

In freelance writing, payment is all over the place. It’s sometimes great; it’s sometimes ridiculously bad. But sometimes the ...

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