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How Much Is Your Writing Worth?

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Substack Writers at Work is the only place you get a full Substack education. Trying to do everything all at once or piecemeal is a recipe for overwhelm and stasis. Let me guide you.

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Unlike in the days of yore when I started as a writer and teacher of creative writing, today anyone can publish.

  • Substack is here.

  • The gatekeepers are gone.

  • Writers are making money.

The question new writers used to ask, When should I start charging for my writing? When should the “paywall” go up? (NOTE: Paywalls are not necessarily the best paid strategy. More on that later.)

This speaks to a larger question: When should I expect readers to spend money on my words, talent, and ideas?

Which speaks to a deeper question: When will I know my writing is worth something?

Which gets at a deeper question: When will I know my writing is worth writing?

Which gets at an even deeper question: When will I know I’m worth something?

We won’t delve into personal worthiness here (you’re 100% worthy); instead, let’s discuss the two main issues that come up when we talk about paying writers for their hard work.

The Issues

  • Issue 1: Professional writers deserve to be compensated, but the general public thinks we should write for free and not be able to pay our rent.

  • Issue 2: Anyone can charge for their writing, so how can readers know when it’s worth paying for?

Issue 1: Professional writers deserve to be compensated, but the public thinks we should write for free and not be able to pay our rent

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Sarah Fay | Writers at Work