A freelance writer is always on the lookout for the next writing gig. An article, a column, a book, a ghostwriting gig...whatever pays the bills.
But you don't take every offer (unless you're desperate). As I was going through a box of magazines today, I found one that reminded me of a job offer I did NOT accept - not at the salary I would've been offered.
I'm not going to name names, but I was once offered a job with a small publisher who was a legend in his field. As an audition, he asked me to take a grammar test and to rewrite a badly-done article. I aced both.
Once he decided he wanted me to work for him, he turned on the charm. He told me what a shame it was that I wasn't working full-time as a writer. And he offered me a job.
The job would have required me to move to his city. I thought about it, then sent him a note with the salary I required to make the move and work for him.
Evidently, I named too high a salary. He never even responded to my note.
The magazine I found today had an interview with someone else who worked for this publisher. He describes the publisher as a megalomaniac on par with movie producer Robert Evans. And in addition to being an overbearing, controlling, self-aggrandizing slave driver, this publisher was cheap. He never would have paid me what I asked for. He actually paid highly-trained, college-educated employees at minimum wage!
So I dodged the bullet on that one. But, at the time, when the publisher didn't even try to negotiate with me on a salary, I was depressed for weeks. I told myself, "if I hadn't asked for so much, I could've worked for a legend!"
Now I'm glad it turned out the way it did.