I R Scary Eyeball
16th October 2006
Particularly freelance, but if anyone has any insight I'd be glad to here it.
I've applied for a job writing descriptions and reviews for products on a fashion shop's website (I won't go into too much detail, but it ranges from incredibly cheap to high-end designer stuff). They've asked me to submit an example piece, which I've done, but they also want to know what sort of wages I'd be looking for. Now, at this stage I'm not sure how regular the work will be, but the example piece I had to write was around 250 words, starting from quite limited information and doing my own research. It didn't take especially long to come up with something I'm satisfied with, around and hour and a half, which considering it's the first time I've written anything at all on the subject doesn't seem a bad start.
The problem is I really don't know how much I should be asking for. "Hourly rate expectation or ideal cost per word" is what they've asked, I've never liked the idea of being paying by the word, and since I'll be working from home, who's to say what hours exactly I'll be keeping anyway? Does anyone have any advice on this?
10th September 2007
Yes, the post about SOPA was actually my work, if you didn't click the link =p
I write for Funkykit.com. You can actually make a decent amount of money writing freelance articles, but I'm not sure you could write enough to actually live on unless it was for something like the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.
Freelance writers often have separate part time or full time jobs because it takes a long time to write a book and getting it published could taken even longer. Self-publishing will probably get you a few thousand dollars at best, unless you get really lucky, which doesn't happen often.
But yours isn't about books, so I'm not sure. If you want some advice from people who do this for a living, your best bet is to go to Creative Writing Forums - Writing Workshops, Writing Help, Creative Writing Contests. Not to say people here can't give good advice, but the people on that site can help you no matter what kind of writing you're doing, I've been helped out quite a bit, they're geniuses. =p
I wouldn't try to make a living off of it yet, if I were you. I'd go it alongside another job.