I just got back from the annual meeting of the American Society of Journalists and Authors in NYC. All my freelancer friends bailed out after member’s day, which centers on something called “personal pitch.” You enter a lottery and get to meet with one-on-one with editors for ten minutes. Speed dating for writers but it seems to work. I got a good assignment out of it last year.
But, it was a non-members day that warmed me to Featurewell, “an electronic marketplace for the global publishing industry.” I had heard about it and had been planning to look into it. But, I assumed it was just another way to get ripped-off for my work.
As I told founder David Wallis after his talk, he had me at “Don’t write for free.”
I really don’t see how some web publishers think writers – unlike page designers, artists, ISPs, landlords – should be happy to provide their services for free.
Anyway, Featurewell shops your already published work around the world and sells reprint rights. They gets 40%, you get 60%. Check it out.