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Meet me in St. Louis!
at the Missouri Writers' Guild Just Write! Conference
A Weekend for All Writers
April 8-10, 2011
Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel
Early-Arrival Seminar with FundsforWriters' C. Hope Clark
Pitches, networking and over 30 classes and workshops and more!
Nannette Croce pleaded with me for a chance to write a piece
on positively writing for content mills - eHow, Suite101,
Demand Studios, and similar sites that pay writers to cover
a gazillion topics to support advertising revenue.
Anyone who has read FundsforWriters for a year or more, knows
that I'm against them. They initiated a wave of attitude, in
my opinion, that now prevails across the web in freelance job
Write ten 50-word pieces for $20.
Blog for us for ad revenue, and get exposure.
Write twenty pieces for $2-$5 each.
You know those markets.
But Nannette wanted to show how the content mill sites work,
and while you won't get rich, she says they serve a purpose.
I agreed, forewarning her I wasn't a fan. She understood and
even wrote me this once I paid her for the below article:
<<Thanks Hope. I'm taking the day off tomorrow since you just
paid me ten times what they pay me to edit one article for
Demand Studios and three times what I'd get paid to write one.
Well, I'll let that sink in for a moment. To put dollars to
that, in case you don't know what I pay writers for their
articles, I pay $45 by check or $47 via PayPal for a 500-600-
word feature for FundsforWriters newsletter. The pieces don't
take a tremendous amount of research.
That means Demand Studios pays $4.50 (or less) for someone
to edit articles, and $15 (or less) to write an article.
And Demand Studios pays more than the others.
So here you go - both sides of the story. With the facts
you can make a more solid decision . . . and assume all
FundsforWriters needs a few specific feature articles.
Looking for writers who have knowledge, experience, and
interest in the following topics:
=> Corporate History Writing
=> Writing for WriterBay.com
=> Resume Writing
=> Government Writing (any style)
=> White Paper Writing
=> Newspaper Column Writing
Byline Daily Calendar is not producing a calendar for 2011.
The editor Sylvia Forbes had health issues with herself
and her 90+ year old mother. She does intend to produce
a 2012 calendar, and is currently seeking submissions from
writers. For more details, see the guidelines at: http://www.bylinescalendar.com/guidelines.php
(Ignore the 2011 calendar reference)
"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off
at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become
successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline
not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment."
~ H. Ross Perot ~
SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
A year ago we corresponded for several days, back and forth,
about the possibility of you reading my partial manuscript
for my memoir-in-progress. You likened my style to that of an
unpolished, verbose version of Erma Bombeck and gave me some
invaluable tips about improving my writing. Thank you.
Long story short, just last Tues, Jan 11, I had my talk radio
debut on Dana Hilmer's Lifestylemom Radio Cafe and since then
have been invited onto another talk radio show. Granted, it's
not the Today Show or CNN and I still don't have two dimes to
rub together, but I am thrilled and grateful to experience the
winds of change. My personal story and the stuff of which my
memoir is made is tragic, yet inspiring. I am thankful I went
through "hell" to now be able to write about it and give hope
to others in crisis. I guess we never know that our suffering
will someday be the fodder for our future work and source of
inspiration to others. I would do anything to bring my little
brother back, but the notion of helping others is comforting
and takes the edge off the pain. I believe there is always a
(divine) "method to the madness."
The pay is paltry and the rewards small. For experienced
writers content site writing isn't a step down; it's like
plunging off a cliff. Yet, as newsrooms close and freelance
markets evaporate, many writers find themselves considering
content sites to bolster waning revenues. If you are one of
them, you should know how they work.
What Is Content Writing?
Strictly speaking, the purpose of content writing is to generate
ad revenues. Advertising dollars have funded newspapers and
magazines since their beginnings, but with content sites the
relationship is more direct. The articles don't just attract
readers; the words in the articles generate ads -- typically
Google ads -- and readers clicking on those ads is what brings
in the money.
How Do They Pay?
Beyond that broad generalization, content sites vary widely,
particularly in their pay models. Some sites, like Suite 101.com,
pay through revenue share, that is, writers receive a portion of
income on every ad click. Others, like Demand Media Studios,
provide content for partner sites like eHow and pay writers a
flat fee per article. Another variation is Constant Content
that serves as a kind of Etsy where writers post work and sell
"Usage," "Unique," or "Full" rights at prices they set themselves.
The site takes a commission from each sale.
Can Content Writers Make a Living?
That depends on what you call a living. If you are a longtime
freelancer, prepare for sticker shock. Demand Media pays, on
average, around $15 to $20 to write to titles in their queue --
mostly how-to and informational -- with a 500-word maximum.
While you set your own prices on Constant Content, forget about
asking beyond $25 to $30 for "Usage." Prices for Full rights
sometimes go as high as $100, but you lose the copyright.
Revenue share is even trickier. Suite 101 allows writers to
post on just about any topic; however, an article could attract
thousands of readers and not one ad click, meaning not one penny
in revenue. One writer actually does earn between $2 and $4K per
month writing for Suite, but it requires a combination of
ad-generating content and thousands of readers who click on
those ads. The odds are stacked against most writers and topics.
If you're beginning to see content sites as your only option
-- and many are -- there are ways to make it work for you.
-Write for different sites. Demand Studios' pay is more
quantifiable, but you'll be writing strictly to format and
losing any copyright. At Suite and Constant Content the income
is less predictable, but, within guidelines, you can pick your
topics and your style, thus allowing you to stay at the top of
your writing game.
-Specialize in one or two areas. Once you get the format down,
you'll spend most of your time on research, and, contrary to
common belief, some sites, like DMS, do check facts. Cutting
down on research time improves your hourly rate.
-Forget repurposing. These sites want totally fresh content,
and while Suite allows you full rights after a year, when you
post on the site, it needs to be brand new.
-Take a pen name. Fact checked or not, none of these sites is
a resume booster. There's no value in advertising your
affiliation. It could, in fact, hurt.
Finally, don't be too hard on yourself. Yes, it's a step down
for many of us, but while you're sending out your resume or
queries that don't seem to generate as many jobs as they used
to, you still have to eat.
Nannette Croce is a freelance writer and editor who has worked
with all three of these sites. Her fiction and nonfiction work
has appeared in various online and print journals including
Rose & Thorn, Bare Root Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
Montana, the Magazine of Western History, and the Mammas and
Papas Anthology just released by City Works Press.
THE WRITER'S SHORT STORY CONTEST http://www.writermag.com/2011contest
$10 ENTRY FEE
We're partnering with Gotham Writers' Workshop to bring you
this contest, which offers cash prizes of $1,000, $300 and
$200 for the top three finishers. In addition, the winner's
short story will be published in The Writer, and the top
three finishers will receive a year's subscription to The
Writer and publication on WriterMag.com. Gotham Writers'
Workshop will also provide prizes. Limit 2,000 words.
English only. 18 years old and up.
THE ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR SHORT PROSE http://www.hofferaward.com/
NO ENTRY FEE
The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose recognizes excellence
in writing with a $500 prize and various honors and distinctions.
Works of short prose must be less than 10,000 words, previously
unpublished, or published with a circulation of less than 500.
The winning prose and selected nominations are published
annually in the anthology, Deadline March 31, 2011. As the
annual judging draws to a close, a small set of grand prize
award finalists is announced. This small list or "short list"
of finalists is an honored distinction of its own and is
announced publicly during the summer of each award year.
2011 EXPATRIATE WRITING CONTEST http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/expatriate_writing_contest.shtml#expatriate_guidelines
NO ENTRY FEE
Professionals, freelancers and aspiring writers are invited
to write articles which describe their experience living
abroad. The first-place winner's entry will receive $500,
the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place
winner $100. Any other articles selected as runners-up for
publication on TransitionsAbroad.com will receive a $50
payment. Submit an original and unpublished essay of between
1,000 and 3,000 words relating to your experience living,
moving, or working abroad. Deadline February 15, 2011.
A STUDIO IN THE WOODS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENCY http://www.astudiointhewoods.org/sitw/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/asitwcalltoartist20112012.pdf
We invite artists to submit applications to our environmental
residency series titled Ebb & Flow: Dialogues between art and
water, addressing the ecological challenges exemplified by
Southern Louisiana. The call is open to artists of all
disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue
with environmental issues and a commitment to seeking and
plumbing new depths. Artists are invited to design their own
interface with the public and are encouraged to propose ways
to engage the larger community of New Orleans and beyond. Four
six-week residencies which include a stipend and supply budget
are to be offered between September 2011 and April 2012.
Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2011.
LIDERES DIGITALES http://www.icfj.org/OurWork/LatinAmericaCaribbean/ICFJDigitalMediaTrainingEthnicJournalists/tabid/1775/Default.aspx
Lideres Digitales: Creating a New Generation of Spanish-Language
Multimedia Trainers. The International Center for Journalists
(ICFJ) will run a four-week online course for 50 Hispanic U.S.
journalists. They will be trained on the latest trends in digital
technology. Using the skills gathered during the course, the
participants will develop a draft for a digital news project.
This program will be conducted in Spanish. The 26 most outstanding
students will be selected for a boot camp training session on
"How to be a backpack journalist". Depending on their geographical
location, the journalists will travel to either Chicago or Los
Angeles, where they will develop their ideas for the digital news
project. For three days, they will be trained on topics such as
social networking for news, mapping, multimedia storytelling,
reporting through mobile technology, and the latest trends in
digital media. After the boot camp, the journalists will return
to their respective newsrooms, where they will finish their
digital news projects and submit them for review. Eight winners
will be selected to come to ICFJ's headquarters in Washington,
DC and participate in a training session on "How to be a trainer".
The two best trainers of the group will be sent to a national
convention, where they will lead training sessions for other
Spanish-speaking journalists in the United States. This opportunity
is funded by the McCormick Foundation. Therefore all expenses are
covered for the journalists selected. The application deadline is
February 14, 2011.
HERBERT HOOVER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE RESIDENCY
Adam Prato at (319) 643-7855 http://www.nps.gov/heho/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm
Open for the 2011 Artist-in-Residence Program. Location West
Branch, Iowa. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers,
composers, and visual and performing artists for the park's 2011
program. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to all
professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the
history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The
park offers two residencies of two to four weeks each from May
through September. Deadline Friday, February 25, 2011.
The articles in each issue cover a wide variety of topics
including culture, history, literature, visual arts (pre-
Columbian, colonial, modern), performing arts, architecture,
science, the environment, politics and economics. Feature
articles should not report on events as news, but rather
focus on their broader implications. Highly technical articles
and articles of limited interest are not used. Américas is
especially interested in articles that portray contemporary
developments in the hemisphere. OAS member countries include:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia,
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Commonwealth of Dominica,
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras,
Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts
and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Uruguay, and
Venezuela. U.S. topics should have some Latin American or
Articles with 2,000 or more words: $450
Articles with 1,400-2,000 words: $250
Ojo Articles (500-800 words): $100
Final price based on actual published text.
Pictures: $75 + $50 for each additional picture
SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH http://www.spirituality-health.com/spirit/guidelines
Spirituality & Health is a nondenominational bi-monthly magazine
that reports on the people, practices, and ideas of the spiritual
renaissance in contemporary society and their impact on personal
and community well being. It provides readers with practices to
aid them in their own spiritual formation and strives for
journalistic objectivity in the presentation of stories about
specific religions and denominations. Short items in our Updates
& Observation (U&O) department are the best way to let us get to
know you. They run 50 - 400 words. Features may run from 800 -
2,500 words. Pays 25 cents/word.
CANDIS - UK http://www.candis.co.uk/guidelines
Readers are women aged 30-58 and their husbands/partners.
Short stories should be 2,300 to 2,500 words. What we're
looking for: Clever, keep 'em guessing story lines; twist in
the tale/tales of the unexpected style writing. Stories of
modern love, romance, friendship, family life. Short, tightly
written whodunits. Warm, likeable central characters. Original
storylines that are all your own work and have not been
published in the UK before. Fee: £300 payable by cheque or bank
transfer. Once you receive written acceptance you will be asked
to submit an invoice for payment.
Overseeing and managing all stages of production material
on NARA's Facebook page. Responsible for the design and
content of these pages. Maintains contact with all NARA
locations nationwide to solicit articles or information for
articles to be posted on Facebook. Writes short features and
selects images that are relevant to them and that have wide
appeal to NARA's online public. Monitors activity on the site
and responds to comments when appropriate. Develops, researches,
and writes articles for publication in Prologue, NARA's quarterly
magazine, its blog Pieces of History, and Declarations, the staff
newsletter. Produces at least one standing feature for Prologue,
evaluating and selecting articles to be highlighted in this
feature and writing promotion descriptions of them; edits and
evaluates articles written by others for content, focus, grammar,
and style. Identifies new outlets for the sale of both the print
and online editions of Prologue and negotiates with representatives
of these outlets, coordinating with other offices within NARA as
necessary while doing so. Shares responsibility as nara@work news
editor; editing and posting the electronic daily news.
Location Bergen County, New Jersey http://newjersey.craigslist.org/wri/2160703675.html
The Press Group (Northern Valley Press / Pascack Press) is
seeking freelance reporters to cover municipal meetings and
other events in the Northern Bergen County area. As a freelance
reporter, you will work from home and be assigned a municipal
beat that entails covering all aspects of the community, from
evening council sessions (2-3 times monthly) to occasional
feature stories. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing
and communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to
produce stories quickly. E-mail resume and writing samples.
Location Plymouth, NH http://higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=175491024
The Staff Writer will participate in the creation and preparation
of copy for University publications and other communications
efforts. This is a temporary position with benefits with the
possibility of becoming a regular budgeted position. The
position begins as soon as possible and is expected to continue
through December 31, 2011. Write and edit content for a broad
range of University publications, including Plymouth Magazine,
as well as for the University Web site. Exhibit originality and
creativity in developing engaging copy that is accessible to a
ANGRY ROBOT http://angryrobotbooks.com/march-2011-open-door-month/
We're publishing novels, either standalone or as part of greater
series. We're not looking to publish your novellas, short stories
(individually or collected in book form) or non-fiction. All our
books are "genre" fiction in one way or another -- specifically
fantasy, science fiction, horror, and that new catch-all urban
or modern fantasy. We're looking for all types of sub-genre, so
for example, hard SF, space opera, cyberpunk, military SF,
alternate future history, future crime, time travel, and more.
We have no problem if your book mashes together two or more of
these genres, but they must have that genre foundation - no
thrillers with the merest touch of SF, for example. Our books
will be published in all English-language territories -- notably
the UK, US and Australia -- so we'll be buying rights to cover all
NOTE: Usually requires agented submissions, but will be taking
UNAGENTED submissions during the month of March only.
Nonfiction: Both Religious and Secular
Fiction: Historical Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense,
Suspense/Mystery, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Women's
Fiction, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
We are in dire need of good, strong romantic suspense and
historical fiction. Keep it clean please. Please be advised
that manuscripts accepted this spring will not be published
until the 2012/2013 season.
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/finditem.cfm?itemid=11273
We publish Contemporary, Historical, Regency and Alternative
Romance as well as mainstream men's and women's fiction. For
lovers of Mystery and Horror, we publish cozy mysteries,
suspense thrillers, and supernatural horror. We also publish
Action Adventure, Western, and Humor books. Under Non-Fiction,
we publish an extensive library of alternative health and
breakthrough diet books. Also, for those who seek to be
inspired we publish Inspirational, Self-Help, New Age and
Occult books. We also publish How-To books and books about
Parenthood and Child Care. We are the leaders in publishing
grisly, up-to-the-minute True Crime novels, as well as, Movie
and TV tie-ins. Kensington publishes under three imprints--
Zebra, Pinnacle and Kensington.
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