So, I was procrastinating on Facebook earlier today and got caught up in reading a thread that annoyed me so much that I had to come here straight away and tell you about it.
Someone asked a bunch of writers in a writing group the most they’d ever been paid for their work. The answers were truly shocking to me:
– $2,000 for a 3-book series
– A compliment
– Paid? Haha.
That these pay rates exist in our industry is problematic to begin with but what gets me more is the attitude of these writers. And once upon a time, oh about fifteen years ago, I used to hang out on forums like these and read similar responses and think that was normal.
Now? Not only have I built a solid writing career that pays very well (six figures and growing), but my students have done so as well.
If you posted the same question in my 30 Days, 30 Queries group, the answers would be very different.
My 30 Days, 30 Queries students know their worth. They may accept a $100 paycheck every now and again but they look at it as a first very basic step or as a passion project.
My 30 Days, 30 Queries students won’t, having joined my group, accept a 3-book deal for $2,000 because they know their time is worth more and with the right kind of pitching (which they’re learning in the course), they can earn that with ONE ARTICLE.
30D30Q-ers love compliments but never in lieu of pay.
30D30Q-ers do not consider making money as a freelancer a laughing matter. Which is why they do.
Every time I step outside of my self-created writerly bubble in which all my students and friends not only want, but EXPECT, to make money with their writing, I’m shocked by how the rest of the writing world does not seem to think or act in this way.
Here’s the thing: It is your choice who you surround yourself with. And the more you surround yourself with people who not only motivate each other to keep going, keep pushing harder, send 30 queries in a month (some have attempted 30 in a week!), and ask for better rates, the more you are likely to do so too.
Thankfully, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. I’ve done it all for you.
With 30 Days, 30 Queries, you get instruction—30 days of it—that includes everything from idea generation, targeting your pitches, finding the right editors, writing effective subject lines, and more.
You also get community. A group of hundreds of freelancers writing for top publications, sharing contact and submission info, and inspiring you by showing you what is possible and how quickly.
For what you get, the course is a steal.
Students who do the work often end up earning back the cost of the course within days. Many of them will have earned multiple times that if they actually get to 30 queries (most of them never do—the work starts pouring in and they run out of time!)
See what some of our students say:
“Within 10 days of starting the course I secured two assignments, together worth $1,800. Those alone paid back the cost of the course many times over.”
– David Masters
“Since I did [30 Days, 30 Queries] last year I’ve written for Aeon, Discover, BBC Wildlife (and was interviewed by NPR in the US) and am now working on stories for Wired, GOOD and (maybe) Marie Claire. [The course] is full-on and intense and she takes no shit—nor excuses!! But it works…”
– Karen Emslie
30 Days, 30 Queries is the best course on the market today for writing and selling pitches and the only one you’ll ever need to get you into nationally and internationally respected publications within months, if not weeks and days.
I can’t wait to see you in class and have you getting assignments from top publications.
I’ve done it, my students have done it, and you will too.