The freelance writing market

This is to write nonfiction books:

Our current standard rate is $13 USD per 1,000 words.

That’s thus perhaps $1,500 – with no royalties – to write an entire book.

11 comments on “The freelance writing market

  1. Supply and demand really is as fundamental to economics as Newton’s laws are to physics, innit 🙂

  2. $1500 a week could be quite good. $1500 a year is a piss-take.

    I’m nominally on £90 a day….. for 40 days a year.

  3. I always reckoned on being able to write around 1,000 words per hour if I knew what I was going to be writing (which is always the trick). 13 USD per hour with no allowance for plotting sounds pretty poor to me.

  4. As I commented here a while ago. The trick is to find something people want, work out how to provide it & sell it to them. Not to try & find people to buy what you do. Been working well the past 50 years.
    At present, I’m not learning how to write books*

    *Although writing a book people’d pay you not to publish’d be a smart wheeze..

  5. Mark Twain, after agreeing to make a speech, is reputed to have responded to the question of how much time he needed to get ready:

    “If you need me to speak for 10 minutes, it will take a week.

    If you need me to speak 5 minutes, it will take me two weeks to prepare.

    If you need me to speak for two hours, I can be ready in 5 minutes.”

    Thirteen bucks for a thousand words will get you what thirteen bucks for a thousand words will buy you.

    Good luck with that!

  6. It depends on how you look at it..
    I can waffle up 1000 words in under 5 minutes.. The Spud obviously can do so as well, so as far as accomplishment goes…

    Now, to write 1000 words that are *saleable*…. Better give me an up-front + % of gross.
    Especially since non-fiction is harder… people can check facts and stuff, and once you’re on dead-tree format…. Worse than the intarwebs…

  7. I haven’t tried to time my writing of BS, but I did time handwriting BS literature essays in high school: 750 words per hour was my limit, and I was faster than most. I can type pretty fast, but I can’t always think that fast … so this sounds like minimum wage work to me.

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