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What is the iPad good for?

April 23, 2012

Tags: Words or phrases to catagorize this post for the tags section

I asked my friend David Dantzler, who recently dazzled me with some photos he'd taken with his iPad, how he used it, so I could figure out if I wanted one. His response (from here on, it's a guest blog entry):

Well, at the moment it's resting on my lap as I recline in the "fainting couch" in the living room (more…)

Pay the Writer (Harlan Ellison's classic rant)

April 20, 2012

Tags: Getting paid, video

In this sequence from the documentary Dreams with Sharp Teeth , Harlan Ellison speaks for freelancers everywhere: Pay the Writer!


Get paid, not played is the hashtag (more…)

Who wins and loses from DoJ's suit against Big Publishers and Apple?

April 15, 2012

Tags: DOJ, book publishing, Amazon, agency pricing, loss-leader discounting

Here's a roundup (with links) of stories and analysis about the Department of Justice's plan to sue five major publishers and Apple for colluding to raise the prices of electronic books (eBooks). Three publishers have agreed to settle. On his blog, After the DoJ action, where do we stand?, Mike Shatzkin, whom I read for the big picture (publishers' view), tentatively summarizes the situation thus: (more…)

How to set your prices as a freelancer or consultant

April 1, 2012

Tags: fees, rates, pricing, freelance rates, per diem

(Updated 11-13-14) How much does an editor earn? What can a writer make? What is the range on proofreading fees? Should I charge by the project, by the hour or day, or by the word or page?
"How much should I charge? ask writers and editors." The answer: That depends (among other things) on
how good, how fast, and how reliable you are ("Cost. Quality. Speed. Pick any two.")
how rare or specialized your set of skills (how valued the hairdresser who knows just how to do your hair)
how deep or specialized your knowledge of the subject (and audience)
what the market will bear, which varies regionally and by industry (book publishing is dirt cheap)
how much the client can afford
how easy (more…)