The Writing Life, Part 1—Working With Agencies

Agencies that hire and place writers are much like temporary agencies that hire office personnel or laborers. They find clients who want to hire writers, then they negotiate the contract, find and hire the writers, schedule the interviews with the client company, collect the payment, and pay the writer, keeping a percentage for themselves for the work they’ve done.

It’s fair, but it means you’re working for much less than you would be paid if you worked directly with the client. Still, I loved working this way when I was relatively new to freelancing and still learning how to find clients and negotiate contracts. I also appreciated that the agency would go after any delinquent payers.

Still, after a while the constraints of working for an agency became apparent and I determined to work for myself. More about that in Part Two of The Writing Life.

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