Even during tough economic times, I have kept many of the same clients and editors over the years. Faithfully.
As a "kept" writer, I've also been fortunate to enjoy "spoils" not afforded to every freelancer.
Word to the wise: not every writer has to be a "starving artist." Much like a romantic relationship, it all depends upon what you are willing to bring to the table, and what you are willing to accept, in terms of treatment.
Though a "kept" woman should never kiss and tell, I disclose this information not for the purpose of bragging, but for the sake of enlightenment.
Here are some of the perks of being a "kept" writer, (that you won't necessarily discover in the "fine print," writer's guidelines, or compensation clause):
- Better pay than what is posted as "standard" freelance rates. In other words, if a publication pays its writers 10 cents a word, I typically make 15 cents. Though this is not true for all the magazines I write for, over the last few years, it's been more of a rule than an exception.
- Periodic pay increases without formally requesting a raise. Recently, I was surprised to discover that one of my favorite editors had tacked on $25.00 extra to my PayPal pay, for an assignment, with a personal note that she was giving me a raise in appreciation of my contributions and consistency.
- Quicker response times from busy editors.
- Choice assignments.
- Better rates on reprints. For example, I just "re-sold" an article for $100.00. Though in all fairness, I should also establish that the article was expanded from the original version.
- Have a good work ethic and a professional attitude.
- Be reliable.
- Keep Confidences.
- Turn in quality work consistently.
- Have a unique "voice," an informed perspective, and the courage to speak your own truths.
Besides the benefits listed above, being "kept" can save today's writer time, energy and stress--particularly when it comes to scouring job boards for new clients, pitching publications, and other marketing efforts. The less rotation the better.
So follow these savvy tips, and discover the joys of being "kept," darling. :-)
Thoughts? Questions? Anything I should add?