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How much should you charge for your freelance writing? Susie Kearley highlights examples of all levels and suggests some guidelines

‘How much do you charge?’

I was asked this question a few weeks ago by a magazine editor. It’s a tough question because I didn’t want to pitch too high and lose the job, but I didn’t want to pitch low and undersell myself.

Some writers expect a minimum rate per hour, which they multiply by the number of hours they expect the job to take. Some take what they can get. I try to aim for a minimum income per day, which can mean working quickly on low-paying jobs. But it can also be hard to estimate how long a job will take, so that doesn’t always work out in my favour.

For many writers however, the answer depends on a whole bunch of other factors, some of which are subjective, and some of which are not related to money at all:

1 How long will it take to write?

2 How much work is involved?

3 How badly do you want the job?

4 How busy is your writing schedule (eg can you easily find the time)?

5 Is it a piece you’d enjoy writing?

6 Are there other perks, such as a free holiday or outing?

7 Have you already written, or drafted, the piece (so a low sale is better than no sale)?

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Make this the month you make your dreams real and start becoming a writer in the Get Serious issue, with advice on: • How a change of attitude will help you, and the wider world, take your writing seriously • How to stay motivated past the difficult mid-novel slump • Money matters: Are you charging enough for your freelance writing? PLUS How to make sense of your royalty statements Cover star Jake Arnott tells us about finding the stories and characters that society overlooks and we explore the style and technique of forensic crime superstar Patricia Cornwell Get your work out there with opportunities to get published and competitions with more than £60,000 total prize money in 20 packed pages of Writers' News. All this plus our definitive guide to writing festivals, courses and other events for 2017
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