Notes From a Hired Pen

Protip: TURN YOUR STUFF IN ON TIME

Hey there, “Notes from a Hired Pen” readers. I’m still here. Life has been a jumbled mess of breakups and moving and a sick dog, so the blog has been put on the back burner.

But I have a few minutes so I’m going to give you a short blast of information that could extend your freelance writing career by decades:

TURN YOUR STUFF IN ON TIME.

Sounds simple, right? Because it is! Yet an editor friend complained on Twitter today that one of her writers turned in a piece one month┬álate. An editor at a men’s magazine asked me to write a big feature for them for the sole reason that he knew I’d turn it in on time and hadn’t been able to find anyone else who could (well, other factors like he knew I could write and might enjoy the topic played a factor but still!). That was a $2,000 job that netted me another $500 in reprints.

So. Turn it in on time. If something happens where you can’t, tell your editor as soon as you know. They understand that life happens, but if you sit on assignment for a month past its due date, you’re going to have very angry editors, and then no editors at all.

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