Great writing advice from my writing partner, Sue Bradford Edwards’ blog, “One Writer’s Journey.” If you’re serious about earning a living as a writer (and graduating from calling yourself “aspiring writer”), her blog is a great place to learn the ropes.
If you make your living as a writer, you have to get a certain amount of work out there to actually make this possible. It isn’t just word count that matters but also earning potential. A 500 word all-rights piece for $250.00 may bring in a fair amount right this minute but ultimate earn less than a limited rights sale on a piece that you can sell to multiple markets.
There are two things that you have to do to make this possible:
- You have to retain some of the rights. If you sell all rights, the publisher has all rights to the piece. You can’t use it again. They, on the other hand, can publish is multiple times without paying you any more after that first check. Note: Highlights buys all rights but compensates the author if the piece is used more than once. To sell a piece…
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