Now here’s a noble idea whose time has come, particularly within the freelance context (unfortunately, I just can’t envision the literary journals all joining in). Writer Lori Widmer has declared tomorrow, May 15, as “Writers Worth Day.”
According to the press release, the project is designed “to promote the fair market value of writers through education, awareness, and ongoing support.”
“Writers Worth Day was established in response to the increasing amount of job postings that offer little, if any, compensation for the amount of work expected,” says Widmer, a veteran writer and editor, who has seen a decline in market rates. “More beginning freelancers accept abominable rates. The message of Writers Worth Day is every writer has marketable skills, and those skills should be compensated fairly and within industry-acceptable standards.”
All this month, Widmer’s weblog – Words on the Page – is highlighting numerous career tips for new writers and extending into the blogging community to inspire other established writers to educate and offer guidance to their followers and all within the writing community.
So there you are. Think about it for a moment. Imagine a world where it’s more possible than not to support yourself, feed your family, heat your house, and save for retirement through writing. Then go visit Lori’s blog and read through some of the tips and advice she is offering.