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April Is All About Pricing

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Pricing—and my book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants—is the focus of my attention in April, with three scheduled events.

On Wednesday, April 17, I’ll be doing a live webinar for Writers’ Life Academy ( The topic is 10 Tips for Pricing Your Freelance Jobs. If you can’t attend the session, you can purchase a recording at the same site within a few days.

Then it’s off to Middletown, Connecticut, where I’ll be giving a presentation on pricing to the Connecticut chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association on Monday, April 22. Learn more about this event at

Finally, I’ll be selling books again at the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors ( meeting in New York on April 26 and 27. If you come to the meeting, be sure to stop by the table to say hello.

More Awards for What to Charge

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

My book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants was one of only two titles to place in multiple categories in the 2011 Reader Views literary awards, which were announced last week. What to Charge tied for first place in the Business/Sales/Economics category and  came in second in the Writing/Publication category.

In November, What to Charge was named a finalist in the USA Best Books 2011 competition, in the Business: Writing & Publishing category.

I am honored that What to Charge is being recognized as a valuable book for operators of small businesses and for those who write professionally.

NAIWE has long recognized the value of this book and has made it available for members to purchase. Just click on



Worse than Out-Of-Stock

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Earlier this month, the print edition of my book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants suddenly disappeared from Amazon. It still appears there, but it can be purchased only from third-party vendors, most of whom charge far more than Amazon. Fortunately, NAIWE members don’t have to worry about buying the book, because it is available in NAIWE’s bookstore (

I emailed Amazon about this problem and received a nonsense reply. When I sent a second email, the response was “We are through with this problem.” Well, I wasn’t!

I then contacted my publisher. They began almost daily correspondence with Ingram, the distributor. The CEO even got involved. It’s now two weeks later. Ingram has informed the publisher that they notified Amazon that the book is still available. At last look, though, it still wasn’t on the site.

What to Charge is print on demand. One of the purported benefits of print-on-demand books is that out-of-stock situations don’t occur, because stock doesn’t exist. I have encountered a worse problem than being out of stock: not being available at all.

I still don’t know what caused the problem or if the fault lies with Amazon, Ingram, or the publisher. (My initial thought was that when the publisher sent an announcement to Ingram that the cover was changed to show the Best Books finalist award, they may have sent the wrong message.) But I do know that for several weeks my book has been in limbo. I hope it returns to reality soon!

Pricing Expert Has More Web Appearances

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This month I have two more Web appearances.

The first is a teleseminar for the Association of Ghostwriters. The event is live on Tuesday, December 6, at 11 AM EST and can be accessed later by members of the Association of Ghostwriters.

The following week, on Wednesday, December 14, I am a guest of Barbara Saunders, Director of the International Association of Self-Employed Communication Professionals, on her internet radio show Solo Pro Radio ( The live broadcast takes place at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern time). This interview also can be accessed later via the link above.

Life never slows down for independent writers and editors!

“What to Charge” Named Best Book 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

The second edition of my book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants was selected as a finalist in the Business: Writing & Publishing category in The USA Best Books 2011 awards sponsored by USA Book News.  This is an especially great honor because all books that first appeared in 2010 and 2011, whether published by a traditional publishing house, an independent press, or a self-publishing venture, were eligible to enter the competition.

NAIWE was one of the first to recognize the value of this book for independent writers and editors. What to Charge was the first book (and at present the only book) to appear in NAIWE’s bookstore. You can purchase it at


Presentation for NY Medical Writers

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I’m giving a talk on Pricing Strategies for Freelancers at the New York Metro chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) on Wednesday, November 9. The dinner meeting will take place from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Skyline Hotel, 725 Tenth Ave (at 49th St) in New York City. The cost is $20 for AMWA members, $30 for nonmembers.

I’ve been an AMWA member since I began freelancing 26 years ago. I’ve given presentations about pricing to this group before, and I’ve been asked several times in recent years to do it again. I’ve declined, explaining that surely members must be tired of hearing me speak on the same subject. But when I looked around the room at recent AMWA chapter meetings, I saw many new faces. More and more people are freelancing, and they are anxious to learn more about this important topic.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can learn all about pricing strategies for freelancers in my book What to Charge. It’s available at the NAIWE bookstore at

Meet the “Pricing Expert”

Friday, September 16th, 2011

As NAIWE’s “pricing expert,” I am giving a teleclass this Wednesday, September 21, on a subject dear to every freelancer’s heart: what to charge.

The subject is perhaps dearer to my heart than to that of other freelancers, because that is the name of my book. I’m honored that NAIWE features WHAT TO CHARGE: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants in its bookstore.

A copy of WHAT TO CHARGE will be given away to a teleclass participant. If you are unable to join the call, you can buy the book at the NAIWE bookstore (

Perhaps you’re wondering why I put “pricing expert” in quotes. None of us is truly an expert; we learn all the time, and we learn from novices as well as the most seasoned freelancers. That’s why I hope many NAIWE members, no matter how experienced, will join me in the teleclass. For log-on information, click on NAIWE NewsWire blog (

Hear About the Book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

On July 6, 2011, Janice Campbell, director of NAIWE, interviewed me for The Freelance Life. You can hear the interview here:

In this 20-minute book chat, we talked about my book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants. I reviewed the contents of the book and what makes it useful for freelancers at all stages of their careers.

Janice commented that she thinks this book is particularly strong because “it looks at pricing as part of an entire career strategy” providing “career-building counseling from someone who’s been doing it for a quarter of a century.”

I am honored that NAIWE has chosen What to Charge as the first book to be featured on the website’s bookstore. Click on Bookstore ( to purchase the book directly through NAIWE.