How can I get paid as a nonprofit writer or editor? Do I need an agent?
January 11, 2005 9:16 AM Subscribe
I'm a writer, in addition to being a librarian. I'd like to do more writing and get paid more for it than I have been getting paid, perhaps work on larger projects. Do I need an agent? Could I benefit from an agent? [+]
posted by jessamyn to Work & Money (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A lot of the writing I've been doing has been articles in professional magazines, newsletters, journals, and the like [in addition to what I do on my web sites and for other web sites]. I've edited two books, one academicky and one more mainstream but still sort of small-press type stuff. I do a lot of public speaking on the "library circuit" and bring in okay supplemental cash doing that. My library job ends in a few months and I'd like to spend some time editing and/or writing a larger [non-fiction] book with a more popular publisher. I don't expect to make a living off of it, but I wouldn't mind getting paid something. I'm okay with writing proposals and talking to industry types, but I wonder if this is the type of thing that normal people have agents do? My specific questions are:
- Do I need an agent? Do people still have agents? How specifically is an agent helpful?
- For anyone that has an agent, has that been worthwhile or worth the money?
- If I get an agent, do I need to cut them in on the other income-generating things that I do that are not directly linked to my writing, like public speaking, industry writing, etc.?