Jack London in the News: Troubles of a Freelancer

From finebooksmagazine via mediabistro and galleycat, letters from a private collection (just auctioned) reveal some of London’s thoughts on freelance rates: ‘

Jack London wanted more than four cents a word, bless his freelancing heart. In a five-page letter London wrote on May 6, 1905, he chided his Cosmopolitan editor, John Brisbane Walker, about his article, “Revolution,” and the paltry fee he was offered via telegraph. “I couldn’t see why an article ten times stronger plus my name was not worth five cents a word,” he wrote.