I don’t know what I was doing last year when my writing cohort Lori Widmer started Writers Worth Day, but since she’s declaring May 15th this year as the second annual – well obviously I was mentally elsewhere!
The goal, of course, is both to encourage real writers to quit giving away their talents by charging way less than they are worth and to encourage employers to pay writers more. She’s got a whole slew of ideas.
Not surprisingly, the ones I like best have to do with writers discovering their own worth and charging appropriately. It’s obvious from the list that Lori agrees with me.
At the risk of pissing off half the world, it seems to me that, for the most part, men are much better at asking to be well paid than women. Not all men, and not all women. I’m one of the distaff side that now gets paid well for my writing, but it wasn’t always true. And the truth of it is I didn’t get paid well in the past for two reasons:
- I didn’t recognize my own skills
- I was afraid to ask for more money
Image by Lori Widmer who has given me and others permission to copy it for purposes of promoting Writers Worth Day.