Why I Love Magazines
As I sit here busting my tail at a gig that pays okay, but not great, I only have to think back to last week. For last week, I did what most writers dream of doing – I wrote, handed in the assignment and collected a very nice wage. See, I signed on to write semi-regularly for a magazine that is professional enough to pay a very good wage ($1/word) and not bitch about it. Better, there are clear instructions from the magazine’s editor, and there’s a contract. Amen, Alleluia.
That’s not to say other gigs aren’t worthwhile – some are. But there are some that will cause you to spin your wheels, spend more time than you should at them, and generally pay you almost – but not quite – what you should be getting. These seem to be more the rule than the exception, at least in my career. sigh
That said, tread carefully in your quest for new clients. Don’t be afraid to say, “You know what? That’s not acceptable.” And don’t be afraid to expect to earn a fair wage. If your would-be employers were the ones looking, wouldn’t you think they’d be all over you to pay them fairly? Feel free to mention that should you hit upon resistance.
And here – give some of these a try. There could be some jewels in the crowd. I cannot guarantee what these gigs offer, but I try my best to bring you only those that sound both legitimate and worth your time.
Copywriter/Publishers Clearing House
Freelance Copywriter (some in-house required)
Freelance Healthcare Marketing
Freelance Travel Writer
Finance Web Writer
Freelance Automotive Writer