I don’t know what it was, but last week was a good but long week. So by the time Friday rolled around, I was exhausted. I decided to take it easy on Saturday, and power through a whole bunch of emails that I had stockpiled (mostly newsletters) while alternately checking on my cat outside (Merlin spent most of the afternoon in the backyard). So that was a really good day. And I’m now feeling ready to tackle the new week!
Then a friend of mine contacted me over the weekend asking if I was willing to critique (and possibly edit) a book he is working on. He asked what my professional rate is. I’ve never been asked to provide a professional critique before and had no idea what to charge. Thankfully I have a copy of an older Writer’s Market (2015), which has their handy “What Should I Charge” chart. Using that as a guideline, I was able to come up with a price we both agreed was fair.
Oh, and I also came across some printables from Tickled Think. I picked up their blog planning one and their dream plan act productivity planner; I’m hoping those will help me out with Sustainably North (and just planning for the future in general; I kind of feel like I’m drifting at the moment without a clear plan). I’m hoping to work on those this coming week. 🙂
So how’s your week been? Have you ever struggled with pricing for your writing (and how have you settled on a price)?
Some people send me a ton of forwards, and for over a year I’ve been letting them accumulate in a folder in my email. Over the last month I’ve been going through them; I’m down from about 800 to 150. If I read one that’s really funny, I pass it on to a few select people. If I see something really stupid, I usually delete it without a thought. But every now and then I come across one that is in really bad taste, making me wonder why it was sent to me. Here is an email I just encountered which falls into the latter category:
A New Mouse for Women
After years of research, scientists have discovered that women do not like the standard mouse given away with PC’s. Scientists found that there is not a physical reason for their aversion; It is more of a Psychological problem.
Some women reported that their mouse ‘just didn’t feel right’ in their hands. Based on the research,a new mouse has been designed especially for women.
Various field tests have been carried out on the new design:
Julie from Hounslow said:-
‘It feels so much better. More comfortable, more like how it’s supposed to be’
Susan from Chelmsford added:-
‘I think mice were originally designed just for men, but this new type is definitely made for women. It fits right in with my lifestyle’
Hillary from Kent :said –
‘I took to it like a duck to water, every woman should have one’!
Sally From London Said –
“It feels so natural”
Now I know it’s supposed to be something stupid that you read quickly and then ignore, but I don’t want to let this one go. This email is problematic because it is perpetuating stereotypes about women. It’s women who are supposedly having this “psychological problem.” Yet I know of some guys who are more apt to iron something than I am. Why should they be excluded from this mouse which is supposedly just for women? And why should this mouse be designed especially for me because I am a woman, even though I do not iron clothes? I think I’ll stick to a normal mouse, thank you!
Here is an example of another mouse I found. You can bet money that this one wasn’t designed with women in mind:
There is nothing “natural” about the feeling of an iron in your hand, be you male or female. But by saying it is natural for women to be using an iron is perpetuating stereotypes about women being the ones to take care of the domestic work in a house. But really, why should I complain? Women can have their iron-shaped mice, and guys can have their sports-car shaped mice, right? This is another good example of just how robust patriarchy is. Both of these mice are stereotyping people, women as domestics and men as car guys. There is nothing wrong with a woman liking cars and a man liking ironing.
We need to be aware of such stereotypes and try to keep them from spreading.