I’ve recently discovered About Freelance Writing and I quite enjoy the tips and job postings. I replied to a posting last week and was sent a contract, but have just done the math and discovered that it’s about 3 cents a word. I’ve decided I don’t want the job any more, but how do I tell the editor that, politely? (I haven’t signed the contract yet.)
Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Good for you for not wanting such low pay, although it can work for a few.
You tell an editor no the same way you tell anyone – politely and firmly. You’re wise not to want to burn any bridges; editors do move and you may run into this one again. You can also turn your answer into a pitch for higher pay, and it might work. I’d suggest a brief email something like this:
Dear (name), thanks so much for sending me a contract. I’m afraid, however, that unless you can see your way clear to pay me (x a word) I won’t be able to write for you.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
I wouldn’t waste any time waiting, but it’s totally professional to ask. Of course, if you don’t want to work for them under any circumstances, just thank them and tell them you won’t be able to write for them after all, giving no reason.
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