Business of Writing
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Jobs Writers Are Hired For
There are many jobs available to writers. With some creativity and imagination a writer may find their perfect job is not only writing the next great novel but something far different from what they ever imagined. A writer may be hired to do:
- Giving Seminars
- Technical Writing (writing manuals, how to pamphlets, etc…)
- Article Writing
- Online Writing
- Speech Writing
- Writing Adaptations of Movies or Television Shows
- Academic Writing
How Hiring Rates are Determined
When a writer is being hired for a specific job, whether it is a writing job or doing readings, the client will consider a variety of determiners in deciding how much the writer’s services are worth. Consider the following ways in which hiring rates may be determined:
- Education: Having a university/college degree may be considered when deciding how much to pay a writer. The writer’s educational background may indicate whether they have experience or expertise in a specific field and set them apart from competitors.
- Experience: Writers and clients alike may consider past experience when negotiating hiring rates. Writers who have many published works, or expertise in a specific area of interest may stand out and be able to demand higher rates of pay.
- Skill Level: A client may look at specific skill sets when hiring a writer, and determining their rate of pay.
- Rights Licensed to the Client: When working on a writing project, be aware of which rights the client is purchasing/licensing and how much these are worth.
- Number of Words and/or Time the Project Requires: Many publications will pay a flat rate per word or per hour
- The Number of Interviews and the Amount of Research Needed: Some projects may not be overly long in word count, but take hours of research and interview time, a writer/client should consider these factors when determining a writer’s pay.
General Tips for Determining Hiring Rates:
- Do some research. There are many online sources that outline how much a writer should expect when being hired for specific jobs. These guidelines will help you to determine whether you are being paid fairly or not.
- Keep in mind that often times certain clients/publishers will already have outlined their potential budget for a project or have established rates that they pay their writers. Often times there is little to no room for negotiations; however, it never hurts to ask or discuss a possible increase.
- The more experience a writer has the higher payment rates they will be able to negotiate. Having your works published is a testament to your experience, and adds credibility when you are looking to be hired for a writing job. (This is tangible proof of your abilities and experience)
For More Information:
Professional Fee Guidelines from PWAC (Professional Writers' Association of Canada)
SWG Hiring Rates - 2015/2016