>So good, but no payPosted: October 2, 2007 | |
>I was market-searching the other day and came across American Chronicle, which bills itself as a family of online magazines. Submitted articles are reportedly syndicated nationally and appear in all the major search engines. They list a bunch of major metro dailies that receive their stories. They publish the writer’s bio, photo, and web site address. Plus, the writer can write about almost any topic he or she wants. You’d be assigned your own individual page featuring your articles. Oh, there’s more. They’ll give you your own private email manager and a tracker to see who’s reading what you write.
Dang. Finally, a market that will treat you right. Just one little detail: They don’t pay. You do it for the exposure, for the clips that they promise will impress editors of other publications. So, here’s my question, one that has been asked many times over the years. Should you write for free? When is it worthwhile to do a freebie, keeping in mind that these articles will require research, interviews, and writing time? What do you think? I’ll tell you my thoughts on the subject tomorrow.
P.S. Has anyone had experience with American Chronicle?
UPDATE 2016: American Chronicle appears to be defunct, but the issue of writing for everything but money still exists. What do you think?