There's an article in the Los Angeles Times
about the freelance marketplace. It's not a pretty picture but does jibe with what writers have told me personally about their freelance careers. These are the vicissitudes of the freelance life which like everything else bottoms out at some point and starts to go back up. I think the key is finding only those markets where professional writing skills make a difference and where thousands of non-professional writers can't get entry unless they do become professionals.
I know there are a lot of professional writers in this network that have a better take on this than I have. What is going to have to happen to push freelance rates up, given the fact that you can't control the market? Editors and web site owners want cheap material and there are plenty of writers willing to deliver it. So, what is the answer if there is one?