The satisfaction of doing a deep dive into a subject, the sources' pleasure at being interviewed and folks contacting you after they see your byline. All that is heady stuff. And that's why I suspect my love of journalism is really a schoolgirlish crush I never got over.
After all, compared to ghostwriting it pays peanuts. Today, the publisher of a regional parents' publication offered me $60 for a 1,000 worder on online education. The number was so low that there was not even a moment's ambivalence. I turned it down.
For 1,000 worder with a client's byline on, say, an opinion-editorial, I would be paid a buck or two bucks per word.
Today's shock did it. I hunkered down and sent out pitch letters to corporate communications departments. I focused on Executive Communications. Only.
My long run as an accidental journalist may be over.