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Re: First time freelance advice...

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Re: First time freelance advice...

Postby mammamaia » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:26 pm

ditto all of the above!

don't be a putz... act like the pro that you are, since you had a piece accepted, and get the info you need... if you don't like the terms, then thank them for their interest and politely pull the piece... and from now on, before you submit anything else anywhere else, be sure to find out if it's worth it...

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Re: First time freelance advice...

Postby rosebud » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:44 pm

Hello ziapapaya,

Don't be shy about the money question. As far as you know, you didn't offer a free article. You have the right to know and understand all the terms of the agreement. I realize you may feel uncomfortable about the money issue, but don't. Just be the professional writer you are, call the editor or publisher, and get your answers. Once you do it you'll feel better. :D

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Re: First time freelance advice...

Postby ziahpapaya » Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:39 pm

OK...I feel much better now, thank you everyone for your encouragement and advice :)
You are of course all completely correct - I've just been shy and a little lacking in confidence, but now I can see that's not going to get me anywhere in this business!
I'm off to write my confident and professional letter to New Dawn's editor...

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Re: First time freelance advice...

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Re: First time freelance advice...

Postby ziahpapaya » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:12 am

Oh gosh...yes phone anxiety is definitely a factor but I'm sure it's one I can deal with! Thanks for the advice.

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Re: First time freelance advice...

Postby rosebud » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:14 am

Good luck! :D

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