This reminds me of some thoughts I had recently about things you can do for your freelance editor that don’t involve paying them more money. Obviously, nothing takes the place of fair compensation, but when you’ve reached the limit of your budget, what else can you do to keep your freelancer happy?
PromotionFreelancers are always on the lookout for clients, and they’ll appreciate your helping them build their reputation and promote their business.
- Add a credit in a book’s acknowledgements or magazine’s masthead.
- Feature your freelancer on your contributors’ page.
- Put a link to your freelancer’s website on your website, or invite her to write a guest post on your blog.
- Write a testimonial or a recommendation for LinkedIn.
- Offer free or discounted advertising space in your publication.
SwagDo you have any company swag you can give away?
- A complimentary copy of the book or magazine is always appreciated.
- Consider offering a discount on buying more copies of the book.
- Do you receive review copies of books or other items that you can pass along?
- For magazine publishers especially: do you have any T-shirts or other brand-name swag? Your freelancer might wear it with pride and talk up the product.