They Wanted Their Bottle Back…Or Else

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty much the same old, with the papers, comics, and what-have-ya.

Now yesterday was a bit of a different story. I did mowing yesterday, which was nice–to be out in the sunshine, at least.

Mom and I went to Kroger to pick up a few things. Which included three glass bottles of milk marked down a heck of a lot because their sell-by date was that day.

As they rang up, Mom and I were a little shocked to see a $1.25 bottle deposit tacked onto each one–making them cost 6 times as much as they did without the bottle deposit. I’d never seen that before.

This place is actually a private dairy headquartered about 90 minutes or so away from my house. So, we bring back their bottle, they give us the money back, and everyone’s happy. They also incentivized it by the upfront cash–kinda like how Aldi stores do it–you put your quarter in the cart, and after you’re done, you hitch up your cart to the rest and you get your twenty-five cents back (although you’d be surprised how many people are still willing to leave that quarter behind if they’re in a rush). These are all multiple subjects for another post or three, but I thought I’d bring them up anyway.

That’s not my point–what is, is about this bottle. They want it back, you pay upfront.

Why would they want to do that?

Because glass is expensive? Maybe, even though it looks to have been blown by machine.

Because it has their name, slogan, and what-have-ya on there? Could be.

Because they can? Hmm, now there’s an interesting point, and one I’d like to focus on.

Fiction writers and copywriters are different animals on this to an extent. In my experience, and those of others I’ve read, fiction writers work with editors and publishers (as far as books and other pieces). You can choose when you work, but a lot of the time, people are keeping the normal 9-5, or thereabouts. As long as you get your work done, things are fine–you can run your biz how you’d like–as long as that fits in with the schedules of other people you’re working with.

I heard a story about one gal who only checks her email at night–and that works for her.

Copywriters have a teeny bit more freedom. Most of the time, up to this point, I’ve found that it’s just me and the client–they handle all the hosting, uploading, and what-have-ya, and I give advice/write copy, or give them pointers on what to do if they’re not familiar with something.

If you have things that you like or need to have done at a certain time, you can mold your business and your writing around those things–like taking care of a parent, children, work, or any number of things.

For instance, I never schedule client consultations on Mondays. People are picking up from the weekend, and it’s just awful. The one time I did have a consult with an author client, from what I remember, we had to cut things short and reschedule. And I’m just his editor.

As an editor or copywriter, I tend to be on the phone with clients more, too. With fiction and nonfiction writing for magazines or websites, correspondence through email is about it.

I also have two consultation spots per day, and that’s it. I like to have a bit of room so that I don’t overbook and have clients crashing into one another (so to speak–most of my clients I’ve never met in person).

This is almost like using your own background and life like a character sketch and using those quirks to set up a schedule that works for you–allowing you to stay sane, get work done, and have time for things outside work that make life worthwhile–family, friends, and more.

If you’ve got an idea that works for your, your writing, and your life, feel free to drop in the comments, along with your thoughts.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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