Thursday, January 31, 2008

Letting Go - Aiming High

It's time. I've been freelance writing for 9 months. In that time, my pay has ranged from $10 to $200 per project. The other day, I found myself writing for one of my low-paying gigs. I was working my tail off despite the fact that they promised to publish one of my articles in January and then decided against it. So I had sat on this article for four months, only to be told they wouldn't be publishing it afterall and it was too late to send it elsewhere. But to their credit, they had paid me for other articles. So there I was working hard.

But then something, I don't know what, clicked. I realized that I don't have to do this anymore. I do have editors who love my writing and pay more. Why am I scrounging for pennies when I don't have to? I believe it's a poverty mentality. I don't know where it comes from, but it sends me begging for jobs and working for less than I deserve. Why? I have no idea. So today I am making a conscious decision.

I will only work for publications which honor my work. I will only work for those who believe in me and publications that I believe in. Now understand, there are other publications that do pay little, but which offer a different, non-monetary payoff, and for those I'll continue. What I'm saying is why should I shoot so low.

It reminds me of parenting and how many parents believe that if their child isn't pregnant, taking drugs, or drinking, they've done a great job. Wrong! That is the very lowest of the standard. And that's true of embarking on a career as a writer. It's time to move on, time to move up! ~Karen


Eileen said...

Hey Karen, What a neat idea your side bar of *Coming Soon to this blog!* (May I steal it?) ;) E

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Sure. Steal away. Basically, I put it there because I often have lots of ideas but no practical place to put them. It also helped me to create a bit of a road map. ~Karen