When I edited a small regional magazine, I once asked a writer who had contributed articles to numerous national slicks if she would be interested in writing for me. I stammered out a figure that nearly choked in my throat because it was so low – $250 for a 2,000-word article. “Is that okay?” I asked.
Picking up on my discomfort, the writer replied: “That’s fine. Frankly, I’m more interested in getting good clips than in payment.”
Can you guess the first thought that flickered in my mind?
a) Delight that I secured the services of a first-rate writer.
b) Relief that she accepted the rate of pay so easily.
c) Excitement over a story …