Weekend Reading: Writer’s Worth Month

Every year Lori Widmer, a good friend and fellow freelance writer behind the Words on the Page blog, goes out of her way to help new writers understand what their services are really worth. This started out as a special event called Writer's Worth Day. Over time, it was expanded into a month-long event.

During Writer's Worth Month you'll find content from Lori and a series of guests on topics like making sure we don't settle for less pay than we should, how to determine what rates are right for us, how to build confidence, find new opportunities, and much more.

This year, Writer's Worth Month was in May. For anyone who missed it, here are links to all of this year's Writer's Worth Month posts from Lori and her guest contributors. Happy reading!

Did you struggle to understand how much value you bring to the table when you were getting started as a freelance writer? Do you still struggle with finding the confidence to stick to your rates or even increase them? Tell me about your experiences in the comments, or use the All Freelance Writing free writing advice form and there's a chance I'll answer your questions in a blog post of your own.

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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, consultant, and indie author. She runs numerous websites & blogs including All Freelance Writing, Freelance Writing Pros, NakedPR, and Kiss My Biz.

Jenn has 25 years' experience as a professional writer and editor and over 20 years' experience in marketing and PR (working heavily in digital PR, online marketing, social media, SEO, new media, and thought leadership publication). She also has 19 years' professional blogging and web publishing experience (including web development) and around 18 years of experience as an indie author / publisher.

Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names and is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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4 thoughts on “Weekend Reading: Writer’s Worth Month”

  1. “Do you still struggle with finding the confidence to stick to your rates or even increase them?” Absolutely, yes. I’ve set my minimum hourly rates (thanks in part to your calculator!). But I’ve recently taken on a couple of clients that fall under my “minimum.” I’m still trying to convince myself to cut ’em loose for better opportunities.

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    • Don’t forget, the calculator on this site is designed to help you figure out the bare minimum to reach your goals. Remember you can always add to that based on your experience, credentials, working in a higher-paying specialty area, etc. So don’t feel limited by what it comes up with. 🙂

      Cutting clients loose can be a bit tricky. It always comes down to what’s going to motivate you more — keeping them while you search for better paying opportunities, or dropping them earlier so you have more of an incentive to seek out something better. It all depends on what’s going to make you move toward something better the fastest. Do you have any plans in place for how you would approach leaving them behind for something else?

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      • Hm, very good points. One of my lower-paying clients is a huge time-suck; I could cut ties after I finish current assignments this week, and use the extra time to invest more into my marketing. Like finally writing that whitepaper for myself I’ve been meaning to for a while. I’ve been doing some pretty aggressive marketing in the past month or so that’s paid off in a couple of great new clients and some prospects in the works, so I’m confident I can replace them with someone better within a month or so. Thanks for the push, Jen 🙂

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