It's innocent, and it works.
Thanks for the advice, Diane! Indeed, when it comes to payment, there are complications, as I think about what amount would benefit me the most while at the same time not being overpriced. I will take your advice the first chance I get!
such an important discussion! Thank you, Dianne. Unfortunately asking for what we deserve never gets easier, and sometimes only harder (as the market changes) so it's so vital we all set a boundary with ourselves for our time, and agree not to go below that--for the sake of the market, ourselves, and other writers.
Thank you for these suggestions; also, for your bonus article on Peg Bracken and finding your voice!
A wise teacher once said to me, “I never hesitate to ask in a good cause!” I consider that the income to take care of myself and my family is always a good cause!
I've been using this trick for years - sadly, 9/10 responses because it is people contacting me about doing brand work on my food blog they reply that they expect me to work for free, just getting their gifted product for free. It is more my way of politely pointing out I'll want paying!
I see it with services or equipment, and I always fear it will go like: what’s your budget? $2000… oh great, we have one here for $1995, let me sign you up for that. And the $1500 version just went up to $1995 😟
Have to say I hate it when people ask me ‘what’s your budget?’ - I like your phrase much better and... it worked!
What a great suggestion. Also this: I recently pitched a food company (fish) about consulting on how to attract a niche audience I know well. They immediately responded to my question about pay with that dreaded, “We pay in product”. I decided to opt for humor and responded, “no thanks. If I get paid in product I’ll be swimming in fish”. It worked! The convo continues and they’ve agreed to my fee.
So looking forward to listening to the podcast! You plus Abe Books seems like an ice cream sundae for the ears!
That phrase, and then waiting for the response without feeling I have to fill the silence, has always worked for me, too.