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Swimkick last won the day on July 3 2017

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    When And What To Charge For Articles?

    Thank you, @MS.Serena.Fox and @suspensewriter, but I'm not phenomenal, but I do get my content out. I've written for a Christian publication for a couple of years pro bono, but it has given me practice. What happened with this case and a couple of other groups who contacted me: I blog about Christian health, fitness, and wellness, so it attracted the attention of three publications and a medical blog. Sometimes, when they want a fresh perspective, the peruse blogs. In the case of the paid offer, I turned it down for a couple of reasons: one publication this editor represented has articles with sex tips, some of the readers are teen girls and college students; the other they wanted me to write about fashion and makeup tips, not my arena. They expected me to churn out a crazy amount of content for next to nothing. I cannot put out that steady of a stream of content with my other writing responsibilities and health conditions. I just wanted to report back what happened after my initial request. I highly recommend that every writer have a blog without giving away all of your book content. Have a "Hire Me" page. Manage SEO well to have your website come up on the first two pages of Google search (mine is a work in progress). Write well on the topics of your platform. Have a couple of good editors you can call upon. Eventually, you might get an email with a writing offer.
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    Input Requested

    Several of you self-publish, so maybe you can help me out. The Predators and Editors website is no longer available. I would like to know where I can check out self-publishing companies' ratings and any concerns. I am looking into this avenue to publish when I believe it needs to be published, but publishers and agents say the market may not support the topic. Tight deadlines are difficult for me, too. Suggestions or input would be helpful. Thank you!
  3. @lynnmosher I like the new format! I will have to roam around to become acquainted with it. What is the "Store"? Sorry, I have been away for awhile.
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    When And What To Charge For Articles?

    I discovered more on this topic recently. A newer online magazine contacted me to write articles for them, but they wanted to know what I would charge. After a few exchanges, I asked a friend who is an online managing editor for a magazine (not my niche) what is considered fair and sent her a copy of the emails. She recommended to never take less than $.03 per word since I've written for magazines before. When I gave them my bottom-line price, they countered with $.01-.02 per word writing three to five articles per week! @Suspensewriter, thank you for your guideline. There really are some online publications that might ask for our charges, especially for newer magazines and blogs.
  5. Wow! I was away for a while, so when I tried to log in and got locked out! That will teach me to come back more often.:rolleyes: I missed so many of you.


    God is good. I'm still working on a treatment plan for health issues, but doing better.

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    When And What To Charge For Articles?

    Thank you. I am looking for guidelines for in the future, but am looking now.
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    When And What To Charge For Articles?

    I've overheard conversations at writers conferences about this subject and evidently, there are some that don't have clear guidelines. I would like to be able to at least cover my own expenses at some point. My husband plans to retire next year, so I want to help financially through my writing. Yes, writing is a ministry, but if we are "worth our salt" there is a reasonable consideration for modest compensation so we can spend the time needed to put out quality work that speaks to people's hearts. Right now, I am simply asking the question for in the future. The two I've written articles for their online publications were up front. I would like some sort of guidelines or suggestions.
  8. Hi! I have written some magazine articles and guest posts for blogs recently. They were done in exchange for the recognition as an expert in my field to help boost readership and Klout score. My question is this: What criteria do you use to charge for writing articles and blog posts? How much do you charge? Also, do you use a contract? I would rather ask this question before I need to request payment for my work. Thanks!
  9. Still immersed in project and blog posts. God is good!

  10. Hi! I feel terrible I've not logged in for a while. It looks like God has been diligently at work through you. Now I need to catch up on what's happening with all of you here. While I've been away, I did two pilot groups for a church-based focus group study I've been writing. Happily, it went very well. The book proposal is underway. Hopefully, I can take it to the writer's conferences on my calendar. God worked in a big way in these ladies' lives. Often, I don't feel confident in what I've written, but I can trust God will do His work when I obey His call. I will be cleaning up some of the inconsistencies and re-running the pilot groups in the Fall. Satan reared his ugly head in the midst of all of this work, though. My health was making it difficult to focus on writing. My energy was drained. Last month, I felt pressure and tightness in my chest and throat thinking I was having anaphylaxis because of a new hair product I used. I used my Epipen and had a friend take me to the hospital. When I got to the emergency room, I was shocked they were treating me for heart attack. It turned out I had a coronary artery spasm that escalated into a heart attack. Thankfully, my heart and arteries are great! Never underestimate the Enemy, but never underestimate the power of God over the Enemy! I will check back over this week during some down time while I visit with my daughter and her family. Blessings to you!
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    Seeking to thrill!

    Hi! Nice to meet you.
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    Broken Bread and Poured-out Wine

    Hi! Glad to meet you.
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    Beauty and the Christian

    Hi! Great to meet you.
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    Who does newsletters?

    I do one monthly for my subscribers. I share some upcoming events, special topics and contests/challenges as a special perk, offer discounts on services or products from my store, bookings and other events, an inside look at my ministry, and links of special interest to them. Since my website is about Christian health, fitness, and wellness, everything is about that particular subject matter. It seems to be valuable. I always offer to pray for them which almost always brings a handful of people responding back. I hope this helps!
  15. Hey, I have a question about sponsorships on websites and blogs. What is your experience with this both the benefits and pitfalls? If you do this, how much do you charge for reviews, links, ads, etc? Whatever you could tell me would be helpful. Thank you in advance.