I am and have always been of the view that freelancers, especially freelance writers, should be open about their income; there’s a need I think to demystify these facts and ensure that conversations about money don’t happen entirely behind closed doors
I want to be upfront in saying that my freelance writing is not my primary source of income; I’d like it to be, eventually, but it isn’t now and hasn’t ever been. (It probably won’t be for any time soon either.)
As a result, I have also written quite extensively for free. That’s not something I’d recommend necessarily, nor equally is it something I’d disavow entirely; my willingness to do that has afforded me certain opportunities (and that’s how I’ve always rationalised it, looking at it as being paid in kind) and I don’t believe that I’d have the career I have now without that willingness, complicated though my feelings about it now are. Equally, it is worth noting that said willingness is one absolutely borne of a certain privilege – as is the ability to not only write for free, but in some cases at cost, where for example I’ve paid travel expenses etc to attend interviews.
Listed below, then, is information about what I’ve received for my writing from different publications.
Between December 2015 and May 2016, I was not paid for the articles I wrote for Yahoo.
From May 2016 until August 2018 and the termination of my weekly column with Yahoo, I was paid $35 per article.
Since then, I have published three articles with Yahoo, which have paid $70 each.
I was paid a base rate of £20 per article at Metro; if an article received over 10 000 views, I received an additional bonus payment of £25.
Largely speaking, Flickering Myth does not pay; writers do receive occasional payments based on both the number of articles written and how many views these articles received.
For example, I received £12.75 total for nine articles (interviews and reviews) written in the period November-December 2019, and £14.40 total for eight articles (interviews) written in the period January-February 2020.
I received £45 to review Star Trek: Discovery’s first series, equivalent to £3 per episode review.
In early 2017 I wrote 12 articles for CultBox, none of which were paid.