Anonymous asked: Howdy! I'm an unpublished writer fortunate enough to have landed a short comic script writing assignment. I'm happy just to get the gig but they actually want me to give them a page rate. What's a good starting range that they don't laugh at me for lowballing myself and/or pricing myself out of a job? Thanks in advance for answering!
My mother worked as a catalog editor for many years and one of my cousins is a pretty well-known illustrator and they both taught me a great lesson for a freelance artist.
ask: what’s your budget?
more times than you would guess the editor or art director will tell you how much they are willing to pay you and more times than not it is more money than you were going to ask for. it’s not their money so they often don’t mind spending it
but most importantly never agree to a page rate that is less than you can afford. give great thought to how much money you need to live and how much time the job will really take and ask for that amount. don’t agree to a lesser page rate because you think it will cost you the job, it never hurts to ask for what you need.
no one begrudges you trying to earn a living
Anonymous asked: I've taken quite a few writing classes at a few different schools and so far all my professors have dissuaded their students from reading Robert McKee. Some have even told me they feel like it ruins a lot of young writers. What do you like about the book?
First of all, as a college professor I am telling you you have to take everything a college professor says with a bit of a grain of salt. I think we have all had professors who show more about themselves than they do about their knowledge.
and I don’t subscribe to everything in the Robert McKee book but as he says in the book there are no rules to writing but there are things that work and here are in a bunch of things that work.
what someone does with those things will reveal what kind of writer they are. someone could follow everything he says in the book and still write the worst piece of crap you’ve ever seen because they are not writing honestly and they don’t have any idea why they are writing. that stuff cannot be taught. it can only be inspired.
but that book is a great place for people to start who are trying to put together their own set of philosophies and ideas on writing. it’s also an entertaining book and I am shocked at how cold and uninteresting most books on writing are.
it is something I am thinking a lot about as we put together my book coming out next year. if someone can’t entertain me with this subject, that means everything to me, then how on earth could I possibly listen to them or come to them for advice.