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Happy Summer! This is by far one of my favorite days of the year. It’s the longest (go on, check it out), and it marks the start of my birth season, the time when I’m most in tune with everything around me. I celebrate today more than I celebrate the shortest day, which to me marks the end of those short days and dark nights. I love all seasons, but I don’t do well without sunlight. I’d have made a lousy vampire.
For a Monday, I got a lot of work done yesterday. I managed three client projects and got some writing done for our course handouts. Anne and I spent some time in email brainstorming, plus I managed to read a few blogs, which appears to be a luxury for me anymore.
As I was browsing the Internet, I noticed some talk going around that I just can’t agree with. Here are some things that just don’t add up for me:
It takes ten years to make it as a full-time writer. Honey, I don’t have ten years. I need to make it now. So forgive me for not believing this. It takes as much time as you decide it will take. No one has that magic formula. For me it was a few years. For you, it may be a few months. What matters is you learn, grow, and work hard at it.
What are people paying for this type of writing? I think what I object to with this one is the passive nature of the question. What are they paying? Shouldn’t the question be what am I charging? It’s okay to want to understand the average rate of the industry (and if that’s what you’re after, say so). It’s not okay to accept someone else’s idea of what you will be earning.
Resumes are passe. I can’t recall where I saw this, but it’s completely untrue. Resumes, portfolios, CVs, whatever you want to call them are indeed necessary. You’re showing a client a snapshot of your experience. How else will you do that if you’re not listing at least your published clips or your client projects?
Ghostwriting is selling out. Wow. So not true. Ghostwriting is taking someone else’s idea and helping them find their voice with it. Let me repeat – Someone else’s idea. It’s not as though clients are stealing your ideas and forcing you to write them. I’ve done some ghostwriting (still ghostwrite articles and blog posts). I’m compensated to help someone who’s not a writer write something. I see nothing wrong with that.
What are you begging to differ on lately?