I just came across your website and have a question that I wonder if you can answer.
I submitted a 1,057-word article to a trade magazine, (magazine title confidential).
I submitted it over six months ago and just received an email today informing me that it is going to be published in the May/June issue.
I was asked to submit an invoice.
I am not a writer and have no idea what to charge.
I don’t even remember how much time I spent on it (maybe 6-8 hours, I’m guessing). Can you give me any guidelines or point me in any directions that would help me come up with a reasonable, professional fee?
Many thanks for your help,
I love it when someone stumbles into my site and stumbles into freelance writing. Congratulations on getting published! And good for you for finding a trade magazine and trying an article on them.
Magazines, both trade and consumer, generally have a set fee they offer. I googled up the magazine’s website. In this case I found, under Editorial Guidelines, they offer between $100 and $200 for articles between 800 and 1,500 words. I suggest you invoice them for $200 because they say they make some determination about pay based on the quality of the content. Go for the higher number and you’ll probably get it.
There are, I think, at least three lessons that any freelance writer can benefit from:
Dare to write. For those of us who want to write, even need to write, nothing will happen until we actually put words on paper or screen. We need to be willing begin with an awful draft and then improve it. There’s nothing to fear from beginning to write, I promise. HJ did this.
Dare to submit. Once you’ve done your draft and edited your piece, submit the darn thing. In this case, HJ had a market in mind when she wrote – that’s a decent strategy, but it can work the other way too. But get the piece sent off – you have absolutely no chance of getting it published if you don’t submit it somewhere, and maybe again and again.
I’m beginning to think Google can answer anything! Seriously, it’s absolutely amazing what you can find on Google. Over time the search site has gotten better and better at understanding natural language questions. The search I actually used to find the answer to HJ’s question was how much does (name of magazine) pay for articles. Next time you have a question, any question try Google. You may be pleasantly surprised.
What’s keeping you from writing and submitting?
Do you have a question about freelance writing? Email me, with Q&A in the subject line and I’ll do my best to answer it.