Freelance writing tips

article by Debbie Swanson/  Source:  Writer Magazine

Stick with your payment terms. Alexandra Owens, executive director of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), stands firm that writers should always negotiate for payment upon acceptance.

“It’s unacceptable to wait for payment,” Owens says. “Payment on publication opens the door for never getting paid. If a writer’s piece—through no fault of their own—isn’t used, why should they accept a tiny percentage?”
by Debbie Swanson/ Source: Writer Magazine
When negotiating payment on acceptance, be sure to nail down the terms of acceptance. Kimberley Isbell, staff attorney with the Citizen Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, suggests including a timed provision. “It’s a common contract term. Include something such as: ‘Upon receipt of the article, you have two weeks to accept it, reject it, or request a re-write. Failure to reject or request a re-write within two weeks shall be deemed acceptance of the article, upon which payment is due.’ ”

The time you allow may vary based on the article topic, a publication’s reputation, or the writer’s preference, but usually two to four weeks should suffice.  To see the full article click here:

Stalled, killed or otherwise not used – The Writer Magazine.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. linda
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 05:14:16

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post.



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