In my 13 years of being a full-time freelancer, I’ve seen a lot — a lot of good of course, and I still think this can be the best job in the world. But I’ve also seen a lot of ways that publishers try to treat their writers like dupes, dopes or chattel.
My recent best/worst story: A well-known outlet reached out to me to write a feature. I was flattered, but had some big concerns about the contract. Their lawyer told me they couldn’t negotiate my contract because they just wrote too many contracts a week, and it’d be hard to keep track of any changes.