music & education publishers
This issue's Trireme Award nomination - for "the worst conditions since I was last chained to the oars" - goes jointly to an educational publisher and a outlet for music journalism, both of which will have to remain nameless.
Members of NibWeb, the email network for information book authors and editors, got wind of an educational publisher's offer of just £400 for 8000 words of text for a book. A NibWeb member eventually accepted the gig for £1000 - not much, but still better.
Meanwhile, music journalists' network NBT heard of an offer of £80 for a day's shift work. The advice from the network's members was "aim for £220 a day": one eventually accepted £180 a day. This demonstrates the power of networks to support members in asking for more and in shaming them into rejecting so little: see www.londonfreelance.org/contacts.html#networks.