By Terreece M. Clarke
For many writers it’s a bloody stab to the heart – the kill fee (cue scary movie scream). Writers are given a kill fee when a publication decides for whatever reason – change of direction, unusable article, etc. – not to use an article and instead of paying the writer the total agreed upon fee, they pay a smaller fee for the now “dead” article. The fee is usually a percentage of the total owed. Kill fees are a much debated topic among freelance writers. I did a brief interview with two knowledgeable and well-respected writers to get their take.
Iyna Bort Caruso is a writer, author, contributing editor and copywriter whose work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor. She also wrote The Everything Home Storage Solutions book and has written Emmy Award winning video scripts.
Diana Burrell is well-known within writing circles as the co-author of the smash hit freelance writing book series that began with The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and the accompanying Renegade Writer Blog. She has also written for countless publications including Parenting Magazine, Family Circle and the Boston Globe. [Read more…]