I landed a new gig on a bid site yesterday, and the pay rate was so great, I was compelled to post about it to one of my writers groups. I added the comment that “I hadn’t seen rates like these since 1998!”
The statement was funny, truthful and sad. Consider this: I started my freelance writing career in 1996. The very first item I was paid to write paid 5 cents a word. By 1998, I was making double per word what today’s new gig pays, and we were complaining back THEN about how poorly writers were paid.
Man, if I had the ability, I’d travel back to the 1998 me and duct tape my mouth shut.
This is how far we have fallen as a profession. I mean think about it — I make less now, with 16 years of experience than I did when I was a virtual newbie in the field. How many other professions can make that claim? Would doctors stand for it? How about lawyers? Nope.
So, why are we? We do we let our profession slide backwards financially, even in the face of increasing demand?
I do have an answer to those questions…but you’ll have to wait til tomorrow to find out what I think it is.
Yeah, a cliffhanger folks…I AM a writer after all!