This weekend I was having a discussion on the Book of Faces with my friend Alyssa, over at Salt Moths, on the price of art.
She was surprised that start-up writers were shocked at her illustration rates, which were completely in line with the professional standards. And for what it’s worth, were entirely reasonable for the quality of work that she would provide.
I understand why we writers would be a little surprised, however. Especially those of us taking the self-publishing route. I mean, we pay for editing services, marketing, publishing, cover design or (and! sometimes it is both) illustration. We would end up spending somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15k if we wanted to do things right, and professionally, before we ever started making any money back on royalties.
We’re putting forth just as much effort as everyone else in the publishing process but the payment is severely delayed.
Is not our writing just as good? Shouldn’t we get paid like everyone else?
Well, of course we should. And writers DO get paid like everyone else.
It’s just we start-ups are conditioned to believe writers don’t make money. And, if we’re not paying close attention, we think there is no other way to make money with our skills except writing books.
Oh, my darlings. There are plenty of other ways.
Freelancing: editing–copy, content, line; journalism; guest blogging; book reviewing. There’s a whole slew of ways to make money.
And there are established rates, comparable to our illustrator friends.
So, while you are writing the next great novel, dabble in the freelancing world. Make some walking around money. Then, you’ll have some extra cash on hand to pay our visual media friends for their services in addition to all the other stuff self-publishing entails.
Put your thumb in ALL THE PIES.
I’m about to provide you with a quick list of resources to help get started. Ready? Brace for pie-related yumminess:
Okay, so that’s the jumping off point. Remember, Google is your friend–you can do this. Now, go out there and make some money!