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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

We want to hear your news and views on the writing world, your advice for fellow writers – and don’t forget to tell us what you would like to see featured in a future issue...

Write to: Letters to the editor, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD; email: letters@writersnews.co.uk. (Include your name and address when emailing letters. Ensure all letters, a maximum of 250 words, are exclusive to Writing Magazine. Letters may be edited.)

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Know your worth!

I would like to share some advice for fellow writers who are starting their careers on the internet: don’t let employers dictate your value.

I’ve been working as a full time freelance writer for almost three years. I began by trolling the content farms for a tiny slice of ad revenue or a shockingly low upfront fee. After one year slaving away on uninspiring projects for less than minimum wage, I decided to move on. I landed a position as a copywriter for a boutique content firm. While the fees were less than I asked for, the steady flow of work was too hard to resist. I soon realised – after a couple of successes in specialist print magazines – that I was being taken advantage of. I started to demand more money from new clients, but the damage was done. Word of my low price had got around until every client I approached knew that I had previously charged less to others.

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