Pay What It’s Worth (PWIW) Pricing for Writing Resources

There are so many writing-related resources available through various avenues (websites, Amazon, brick & mortar stores, giveaways, and so on), and sometimes we can find “the perfect” book, audio, checklist, what-have-you, but realize it’s a bit out of our reach financially.

The Renegade Writer is a resource for freelance writers, and its owners, Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell recently conducted an experiment with their audience that allowed people to name their own price(s) on books and other writing-related resources the authors offer. They considered it a successful experiment and are now keeping the PWIW (pay what it’s worth) pricing for everyone.

They encouraged people to share the news, and so, here I am, as I feel you may find something helpful if you are considering freelancing. I’m not being compensated in any way, simply sharing something that may be of value.

13ways_ebook_cover-188x300-188x300PWIW is pay what it’s worth to you, the minimum being $1, the maximum being whatever you like. Check out the resources at The Renegade Writer Store and decide for yourself if any of the books or other products are of interest and value to you.

Ebooks include:

  • Become-a-Confident-Freelance-Writer-COVER_188x300-188x300Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race…And Step Into a Career You Love, includes exclusive free downloads, too (originally $9.99)
  • The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success, second edition (originally $9.99) –[I have the first edition and found it inspiring]
  • Become a Confident Freelance Writer (originally $4.95)
  • Write for Magazines E-Course book (originally $29)
  • and more!

A new item in the store is a meditation called “Positive Thinking for Writers – Meditation Podcast” (originally $19.99) — with soothing music and sounds from nature, it could be something your muse enjoys.

If you find any of the resources useful, please let us know!

LisaJJackson_2014Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with manufacturing, software, and technology businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

A Few Freelance Writing Job Resources

Here are a few writing-related sites you can check into for freelance or contract gigs. Most of them offer a lot more than jobs, too.

Freelance Writing Gigs:  “Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a beginner, the information you need to be a successful writer is at your fingertips here at Freelance Writing Jobs!” (check out the Resources for Writers tab off the main page; business tips, job hunting tips, writing tips, and a lot more)

Make a Living Writing:  “I’m Carol Tice, an award-winning, fun-loving freelance writer living in the Seattle area. I’m obsessed with helping writers earn more from their work.” (a lot of free resources; podcasts; downloads; monthly membership-fee community; and a lot more)

If you’re looking for work in New Hampshire, I recommend the NHJobsList Yahoo Group:  “NH Jobs List is a mailing list focused solely on jobs in New Hampshire.” (If you sign up, you will be on the e-mail list for any NH job; several technical writing-related jobs come through each month. At the least, you may learn about a company in an industry you are interested in.)

Freelance Writing:  “Helping freelance writers to succeed since 1997.” (e-mail list with helpful articles, tutorials, jobs, and links to writing contests).

This is one of several free infographics for writers from the site – a mind map for how a writer finds freelance work:

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The infographic includes several URLs to other sites for writing jobs.

Do you have a resource for finding writing jobs to share with us? Please include a link in the comments and tell us about it.

LisaJJackson_2014Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with manufacturing, software, and technology businesses of all sizes. She loves researching topics, interviewing experts, and helping companies tell their stories. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Some places to find writing jobs

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There are so many writing job resources and so many niches, that a comprehensive list is rare. We build our resources based on what we need to have and know. This list is a good start, at least, if you’re in need of some places to start looking for writing opportunities.

  • Dan Case‘s Writing for Dollars – a weekly e-newsletter jammed with legit paying markets
  • Angela Hoy‘s Writers Weekly – resources for writers, including paying markets – and a quarterly 24-hour short story contest that is a lot of fun and offers numerous prizes.
  • – related to Writer’s Digest Magazine (which also has job opportunities), this online database has a lot of up-to-date markets. Subscription fee.

PayingWriterJobs– this Yahoo group has its worldwide subscribers posting the job opportunities, it’s a community effort. From the site:

This is a mailing list for PAYING writer and editor jobs. It can be Freelance, Staff, Contract, or Permanent, but must PAY. No work for free or chit-chat allowed. This is primarily a network for writers and editors who are looking for work and editors who are looking for professional writers. This is a moderated list, which means the owner approves of all postings.
  • On Twitter, you can find various job listing folks to follow such as @writersjobs, @writingjobs @writing_jobs, @dnzwritingjobs, @writethismoment, @dnzcontentwrite, @freelanceWJ, @UOPX (University of Pheonix), @AnneWayman
  • Also on Twitter for writers and others: @workfreelancer, freelancejobz4u, @theonlinejobs, @careerbuilder, @AlisonDoyle

Craigslist – Free listings for just about anything you can imagine. But for writers, you can search in your area, or anywhere in the world, under Gigs, Jobs, and Services. It isn’t the best place to find decent writing jobs, but it’s a great place to get new keyword search ideas. Postings that list rates and company names are more trustworthy than anonymous posts that require samples be submitted before payment is discussed.

When looking for writing work, search by area of interest, company you’d love to write for, your location, state/location, editor name, publication name, etc.

You can find writing jobs on LinkedIn, too, by doing keyword searches or even searching by a particular company to see the openings.

The above are some resources I use and think they can get you jump started if you’re looking for writing gigs.

Please add your go-to resources to help our writing community.

Lisa J Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson is a New England-region journalist and a year-round chocolate and iced coffee lover. She loves working with words, and helping others with their own. As Lisa Haselton, she writes fiction, co-blogs about mystery-related writing topics at Pen, Ink, and Crimes, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is a chat moderator at The Writer’s Chatroom. Connect with her on LinkedInFacebook, or Twitter

Favorite Writing Books

Lisa J. Jackson and I were talking about our favorite writing books recently. There are some books that I have read over and over again because I learn something new every time, and there are books that I have only recently found, but have gotten me excited to go to the page. Those are the books I buy rather than download to my Kindle because they sit on the bookshelves in my office like old friends ready to start a new conversation any time I wish. Lisa feels the same way about her faves, so we thought we’d share them with you.


Diane’s List

  1. Bird By Bird, by Anne LamottBird By Bird, by Anne Lamotte. This is the first writing book I reach for when I’m having doubts about myself as a writer or just need inspiration. It’s so funny and fun, and full of practical tips. It’s worth it for the poem by Philip Lopate on page 11 alone, but the concept of “Sh**ty First Drafts” was also extremely helpful for me when I started writing again as an adult.
  2. Life's Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest, by Christina BaldwinLife’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest, by Christina Baldwin. This book gave me permission to journal–something I was compelled to do anyway, since the age of 11, but I always felt like I was wasting time until I read this book. It made me realize how valuable my journaling practice has been in my life. My thoughts go in circles when I am just thinking them, but there is something about the implied dialogue of journaling that allows my thoughts to move forward and resolve when I write them down.
  3. No Plot, No Problem, by Chris BatyNo Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty. I think this little book is a very practical approach to a first draft. It’s humorous and quirky, and I turn to it when I need inspiration to just get the words on the page. It helps me let go of my perfectionism. I’ve only completed NaNo once (in 2008), but with this book I can take that challenge any month of the year!

Lisa’s ListOutwitting Writer's Block

  1. Outwitting Writer’s Block and Other Problems of the Pen by Jenna Glatzer. I have this book so marked up with post-it flags that I can barely flip the pages. What initially caught my attention with this book is the word “Outwitting”. For some reason, that really appeals to me and then since it was a book for writers, I had to pick it up. I enjoy the conversational tone, the exercises, and just the fun I have each time I open this book. If the author’s name sounds familiar, you may be familiar with – Jenna is the founder and editor of the site.
  2. File…Don’t Pile! For People Who Write by Pat Dorff, Edith Fine, and Judith File Don't Pile coverJosephson. I don’t even know if you can find it any more, but it’s one I’ve kept for several years. The title says it all. I still have piles, but I feel they are more organized than before I read this book (and I’ve read it a few times to glean new ideas after I get a couple ideas incorporated into my life.)
  3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (book and associated journal book). I find this an awesome resource for consist journaling. When I first used the book, I also bought the companion book of journal pages – it was large and heavy and I loved writing on the pages. I filled 2 of The Artist's Way coverthe large books before switching to smaller notebooks. It wasn’t the same, but lighter and smaller notebooks are more portable! I admit I haven’t written morning pages in a while, but this is definitely a strong recommendation for spilling out the thoughts in your mind, especially first thing in the morning. Wake up, write to clean out the cobwebs and then have a productive day!
  4. I also recommend Bird by Bird that Diane mentions above.

What are your go-to writing books?


Diane MacKinnon, MD, is currently a full-time mother, part-time life coach. She is a Master Certified Life Coach, trained by Martha Beck, among others. She is passionate about her son, her writing and using her mind to create a wonderful present moment.  Find her life coaching blog at