I have been working with the same client as a writer for the last 2 years. I had a byline etc, but I only got paid £50 per 600-700 word article in that time. It was for a national paper. About 3 weeks ago, when one of their in-house assistants started asking me to do more work in terms of strategy and development, I asked for a raise in my fee.
After 3 weeks of negotiation, they didn't budge. I also asked them to consider me as editor for the small column, since my articles were singlehandedly propping up the column and they were asking for strategy and development. They told me there was no money, and no promotion because they didn't know what was happening.
I put in a notice of 4 more articles and said I would stop contributing after that.
Then today, I found out they hired a new editor 2 weeks ago and are getting ready to hire more writers. So, clearly there is money! Though they keep telling me they love my work, and that they would like me to continue, my disappointment at the poor fee and no promotion is untenable.
How would you end this; what do you say? How much notice do you give?
How should I handle this?