Simple but interesting “confession” about how much — and how little — real writers really get paid for our work. “Which, if you’re a cup half empty or full person,” Chloe writes, “this could either be incredibly dire or inspirational. I look at this list and think I’ve come a really long way. It’s obvious to say I would like more money.”
I think most of us who are working writers are nodding our heads at those lines!
My friend Karina thinks money confessions are the new taboo. So here’s mine. Everything I list below, I did without an agent. There was no book advance for Legs Get Led Astray, and there haven’t been royalties for either Legs Get Led Astray or Women. The only times i really feel like I “sold out” for my writing was the GRAZIA interview and Men’s Health gig. But not even. I’m glad I did those things, they paid my rent. Everything else was written exactly the way i wanted to write it.
Age 25, pre-Legs Get Led Astray, 2011
- Masturbating with Moxie, The Frisky, $75
- Ortho-tricyclen ruined my relationship, The Frisky, $75
- 7 Day Sex Plan, The Frisky: $50
(Jobs that year: Worked at my dad’s store, MUSICA, babysat)
Age 26, post Legs Get Led Astray, 2013
- Heroin and Acne, Salon.com, $150
- Leaning To Sit Still, The…
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