A Gem of a Website

A website that I would classify as a Gem is one that is friendly, easy to read, and offers good, practical help to others. Susan Johnston’s website, The Urban Muse, definitely fits that category.

Every time I visit her site, I take away something valuable. That happened again today when I read her (Sept. 8, 2009) post, “Give Yourself a Raise.” (The site was voted one of the “Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2008/2009.”)

In “Give Yourself a Raise,” Susan not only assures freelancers that they can ask for more money for their work, she even provides sample letters to illustrate how to go about doing that.

“I know it’s scary to ask for more money, but you won’t get what you don’t ask for,” Susan says.

Here’s one of her sample emails to an editor:

Hi Sally, I’m so glad you liked my last piece! I love contributing to the magazine, and I’m excited to get started on this next assignment. Since this is my fifth profile for you and readers have sent great feedback on my work so far, I wondered if we could discuss a pay increase? I hope to continue contributing, but these pieces are fairly research-intensive, so let me know if you have any flexibility in your budget. Thanks!

Now that’s the kind of down-to-earth help that freelancers can appreciate.

You can read Susan’s entire post here.  You can also sign up there to get her monthly tips sent to your email inbox.

Please leave a comment.

© 2009 by Laverne Daley

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2 Comments on “A Gem of a Website”

  1. Laura says:

    thanks Laverne! this is a great website…and of course yours is too. You are as unselfish as you are talented. I get so bogged down in regular work for clients that I forget about the wild and wonderful world of magazines, blogs, etc. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. ldaley says:

    Thanks for your comment and your kind words, Laura. You say such nice things. It is always great to hear from one of my first editors and an old friend!

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