I just secured a brief to feature as a columnist in a new glossy magazine. The mag is an upbeat, lifestyle mag. My column is mainly to address issues concerning women in their different roles as girlfriends, wives, mothers etc. I will also have another column covering the latest trends in fashion, make-up, fashion police kinda stuff. I've done stuff like this before, but it's mostly been as a hobby and as such, my services were pro-bono.
The publisher is aware of my ignorance as per going rates and will most likely capitalize on this when we meet to discuss my fees, by asking me to say how much i want. I do not want to short-change myself, neither do i wanna scare him off by quoting too high rates. So, please advise me. Thanks.