Moving Off The Web


Looking for Writing Work in Traditional Publications

I have a Hollywood friend, Dawn Willson, over from California this weekend. Dawn has worked in television for fifteen years as a researcher, writer, production assistant and now acts as a producer for a private indie outfit in LA (Hub Media).

As we downed a few pints of Guinness we drifted onto the subject of writing. Dawn has ghosted a couple of books and has several TV and movie credits to her name but being a producer means she doesn’t get to touch the keyboard very often these days. Nevertheless, in my eyes Dawn is a real writer.

Dawn pointed out that actually I’m the one writing and getting paid for it and we started talking about money. I’m quite pleased that I’m getting $25 for 1,000 words at the moment. That makes a huge difference to my income as well as my confidence levels and I know I can make more than that. It came as quite a shock to hear from Dawn that she doesn’t think that’s very much but what can I expect as it’s writing for the web.

OK Ms Smarty Pants, with the fake boobs and the California tan, tell me how much I should be looking for and where?

Dawn recommended I pick up a copy of The Writers Handbook which is an annual publication detailing who, what, where and how much for selling your writing. Dawn used this herself and it’s how she managed to find writing work when she was based in Spain with her family a couple of years ago. From the sound of it, this appears to be the real world equivalent of freelance sites such as GAF and eLance.

Dawn also recommended I pick up a copy of The Freelance Writers Handbook by Charles Croft which contains some useful practical guidance for dealing with real-world publishers.

I’m going to conduct a real-time online experiment and see how far I can get with using these resources and making a move from being a writer for the virtual world and into the real. I’ll keep you posted with what I’m doing and we’ll see if I fall flat on my face or manage to wipe the look of disdain from Dawn’s face when I say “I get $25 for a 1,000 words!”