Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Equal to a Hotmail Address is a Yahoo Address

My writing buddy, Heather found another gem:

"I need a writer for various healthcare related articles. Topics include arthritis, nail fungus, rosacea, poison ivy, etc. If you want to learn how to write Search Engine Optimized articles, or just want to build up your resume, this might be right for you. I'll pay after $8 per article after you write 5 good articles and show me what you can do."
In other words, write 5 articles for him for free that he can use. Imagine if he gets 20 people doing this for him! Oh, and send them to his free yahoo account.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Just Beemed In

From a working mother:

I hate working in December. With three kids, it's hectic anyway. Trying to find time to free-lance on top of that is next to impossible for me. Last year I successfully deflected work until January because I turned in a big assignment in November. This year, I accepted an assignment that's due in January, which means I'll have to spend most of December working on it. I am going to cut out the little small things that pay very little during this month, though. And next year I'm not taking any assignments due that month. I just can't handle it, and it's not worth the money to make myself that psycho.

-Kate Beem

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Author of Sacred Feathers Floats to Coffee Shops

When the house is too full of guests and obligations, that's when I retire to my "other office" and take my laptop to my favorite coffee shop. An hour or so out of the house renews my holiday spirit and my patience, and often allows me to dream up new ideas.

I'm one of those people who actually likes to make New Year's resolutions, and to set at least one writing goal for the coming year. To put myself in the mood, I take a brand new notebook and my favorite pen to a coffee shop, and spend half an hour sipping and writing.
-Maril Crabtree

Monday, November 27, 2006

Pearls of Wisdom From Judith Bader Jones

Daily (there about), from now until the crazy season officially ends, I will publish writing tips on how to keep to your writing schedule from some of the best writers in the business. If you would like to submit a tip, just email it to me.

Tip #1:

I get up early (5:30 a.m.) when the house is quiet and attend to email and other correspondence. Next, I devote time to a novel in progress. I reward myself by writing poetry throughout the day in bits and pieces. Poetry is my life blood. It is who I am.
I retire ½ hour earlier than usual during the holidays to jump start early morning writing. I attend to task far better if I have clean house and my decorations done. A tree with lights fuels my creative self. An orderly home helps me put order into my writing projects.
-Judith Bader Jones,
Author of Delta Pearls

Dorothy P-inged 'em

I received this email from the weekend from Dorothy P., who asked me not to use her last name. Dorothy is in Canada, but the editor is in the U.S. Dorothy told me she feels that while these types of editors exist in her country, this editor was so arrogant, she feels it reflects poorly on editors here and on web zines in general:

From Dorothy P:
“I have a specialty in sports and fitness and queried an online magazine site about writing
Canadian content for them. I'm an experienced writer for this sport. The first person I made contact with was a member of a sports related writing association that I also belong to, and who forwarded my query to his managing editor who, he said, does all the hiring.
It was established that I'm a full time freelancer, have won a national writing award, been published in Readers Digest, 50Plus, and similar quality magazines, and have authored three books. The managing editor got back to me promptly and asked for a couple of clips, which I sent.”

The editor then wrote her back and told her they liked what they saw in her clips and experience. He outlined the job, which included writing 2-3 articles per week, monitoring the chat room and replying to emails from their “fans.” Oh, and there was an exclusivity contract – their writers can’t be employed by anyone else in the sports field. He ended the email by saying, “At this time, there is no payment involved, but there are some opportunities to make some cash.”

Dorothy replied:

“Thanks for getting back to me promptly. What you propose as a contribution to the online magazine has appeal for me. It would comprise pretty close to a full week's work, or so it seems. However, I'm a bit confused about your reference to compensation. You say there is no payment, but opportunities for cash. What in the world does that mean? As a professional writer I can't possibly afford to write for free. Plumbers don't work for
free when you have a leaky pipe. Neither does your mechanic. I'm at a complete loss to understand why you think, as a professional writer, that another professional writer should not be fairly compensated for their contribution to your site. Please explain further in case I completely misunderstand what you said.
Dorothy - who's interested, but puzzled.”

Nope. Dorothy didn’t misunderstand. The editor replied that he is offering writers a chance to get their work “out there.” And this is a new one –compensation is in the eye of the beholder.

So, there you have it, writers. When the taxman commeth or the phone bill, light bill or your bank, tell them compensation is in the eye of the beholder.

Thanks, Dorothy for allowing us all to be enlightened.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Starting Your Career Writing to a Hotmail Address

Here's another start up ready to just give new writers a chance:
"Lifestyle Magazine for New York City Women is seeking new writing talent"
This already has me wondering what the magazine is called since both Lifestyle Magazine and New York City Women is all in caps. The ad goes on to tell writers they want pieces in all styles and subjects, but they mainly publish essays and opinion pieces. "This is for published clips only."
Made me want to go and hit send to the listed hotmail address.

And, writers, frustrated by the number of scammers, continue to post warnings on Craig's List:

This one warns about All Headline News, a frequent job poster:
This one warns of an ad calling for a savvy freelance writer:
And yet another warns of an ad seeking freelance writers/copy writers needed anywhere:

And this freelance writer's blog is giving 'em the middle finger:

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Craig's List Success Story From the Windy City

Here's a note from Annie Logue, a successful writer in Chi-Town who proves that good things can come from job boards:

"I have found a few good clients on Craigslist. The first thing I look for is a request for specific skills. In the case of my best client ever, he was looking for a writer who could read financial statements and use spreadsheet software. He had one specific project in mind when he placed the ad, but it turned into a great long-term relationship as his business grew.

Obviously, I avoid any ad that talks about exposure or pro-bono work or anything like that. I'm also leery of ads placed by agencies, because they usually take too big a cut of the billings.

One of the advantages of Craigslist is that it is free to place an ad in most cities, and it's always free to respond, so it's worth taking the risk if you have the time to apply for the jobs. The result is one weird serendipity. In one case, the client turned out to be someone I had worked with years before. He had no idea that I was doing financial writing, and he said that had he known, he would have just called me directly. Instead, as soon as he saw my name, he knew to give me a call.

In fairness, my Craigslist clients tell me that the downside is that they get inundated with resumes from people who are in no way qualified for the work. The person who needed someone who could read financial statements said that he got 300 responses, only about 5 of which were remotely close to what he was looking for."

Thanks for sending that, Annie. It's good to know that there's a little gold buried in all that muck - the trick is to find it.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Humor Without Hate & My Lack of Brilliance

As comments continue to come in on the exchange with the term paper mill guy, there were two that had me scratching my head at first. But then I realized that some people, especially if they haven’t been in the freelance trenches for long or if they were men (or both) just wouldn’t get it:

“Honestly, what sort of reply did you expect from Dave? Did you think that he'd offer up an apology for wasting your time even as you persisted in wasting more of it? Excluding Dave's sexist meltdown you both seem to be operating on the same level of, um, brilliance.”

And the other in response to the above response:

“As a fellow writer, much as it pains me, I must agree with the last post.

Your initial reply was pretty aggressive and had I received it I'd have been insulted. The amazing thing is not that this exchange quickly degraded into a flame war, but more than Dave kept humor in it (and true nastiness out) most of the way.

Of course, what he does IS a very, ahem, morally questionable thing. But it's what he's chosen to do, and usually the more questionable the morality of a choice, the more vehemently one will defend that choice from questions regarding its morality.

That aside, you put him in a pretty tough position. Unless he wrote back 'You're right, I quit' or completely abandoned any defense, he wouldn't have satisfied you. Had he done either of those things, he would have ended up looking the bigger human being (deflecting an attack without responding in kind always looks big, no matter what position its done from). I don't see what all this is proving.

And the further piling on by commenters (especially for things like 'bestow permission') really isn't helping the cause. By getting uber-agressive and twisting his words from humor to hate, you've managed to almost make me feel bad for the guy.

I don't think that's what you want. And remember, I'm also a writer who's dealt with plenty of creeps in my day - if your flame war has turned a natural sympathizer like me into a neutral party (where I stand at the moment), then something has gone wrong.”

From Kerri:

You don’t have to agree with me, but I do want to answer your questions.

What did I want him to say (and I would only answer honestly)? While I do care about people cheating their way through life, especially by purchasing term papers because these people could be my (or your) next doctor, dentist, chiropractor or lawyer, my initial concern were for people of my own profession. If my initial reply might seem "aggressive," I tend to get that way when I find people wasting my time by advertising for writers for what seems to be legitimate writing ventures, when it turns out it is for writing ventures that are um..."morally questionable." As a person who makes a living at this profession, as well as a teacher guiding others into it, he insulted me as well as a number of other legitimate writers. Two others emailed me saying they were duped into responding to the same ad, how many more were there? My message was for this scammer to call something what it is; don’t mislead true professionals into your sub-world.

Ventures such as Dave's are exactly why people believe that our craft is something that can be done by anyone. And by "anyone," I mean that it gives our profession the feel of being unprofessional. And to Dave, "stay at home mom" and unprofessional are the same thing. Trying to put writers down as "stay at home moms," and using crass descriptions of female body parts, evidentially means to the above commenter "humor lacking of true nastiness."

When I read these two comments, I would bet last week's pay both posts were written by men because only women truly would understand that someone using female parts in a bashing tirade or putting down the noble role of being a mother has already “turned humor into hate.” And only a woman would understand why I allowed my emotions overrule my head resulting in a “flame war,” because men using degrading comments about women are just as incendiary to us as any other derogatory insult that’s been hurled at subgroups through the centuries.

It was less than 20 years ago that I learned a white male was making more money than a black male and me at the same company, although we had more experience and advanced degrees. And it was only a few months ago that two men, in two separate tragedies, burst into schools, keeping only the girls to assault before they killed them. Our mass media not once called these incidents what they were – hate crimes. By continuing to allow discrimination against women in the workplace, or on the cover of magazines and in the media, we haven’t come very far from 1920, when it was finally decided that we were smart enough to vote.

The commenter was right about one thing, something has gone terribly wrong. Calling buying your way through college “morally questionable” continues to show our society’s regression in drawing the line between right and wrong (note the recent O.J. Simpson controversy). But that gray area of neutrality does seem to fit the commentator’s stance on humor vs. hate and makes me wonder if he found Michael Richard’s recent racial-slur-hurling-tirade humorous or because it was only minutes of his overall "performance" was he just keeping the "true nastiness out most of the way?"

You can't get a little pregnant and you also cant be a little sexist or racist by keeping the nastiness out most of the way.

Alas, the above commenter will have to find his own way out of the neutral zone of what should and shouldn't be acceptable. I won’t apologize for putting this term paper mill scammer in a "tough position" or insulting his delicate sensibilities about his "profession" or any other that tries to bring our own profession into the gutter with them. Nor will I be laughing at verbiage that tries to define women only by our anatomy. And I think those are the points all of the other commenters were trying to get across too.

Hopefully, that’s what all of this is proving.

And thank you for visiting my blog.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Skip the Ads That Don't List the Business Name or Has Typos

This is from Otesa Miles, a successful freelance writer on the subject of finding jobs through boards:

I've almost completely stopped replying to job-board posts.

I used to only reply to the ones that listed a name,
website or something tangible. I also ignored the ones with tons of errors.
After responding to probably 100+ ads, I received maybe 10 legitimate
replies and landed one job from a company working with a well-known
If I'm bored, I'll respond to one or two ads to add spice to my day,
but I no longer consider it part of my regular marketing mix.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Spotting Scams, Feeling Stupid

This week, we're going to take a look at horrible job board experiences and at the end of the week, we'll hear from a writer who has gotten really great jobs and ongoing work through job posts. We'll learn how she spots the potential scammers. This was recently posted to Craig's List: "I recently replied to a craigs list posting looking for freelance writers. I got the gig and wrote the article. Now I cannot get the company to return a phone call. It's only been 10 days, but if by next week I haven't heard back from them, I will gladly tell the entire craigs list community the name of the place. The message here is: Get paid before you do the work. A lot of the companies that post here are small and know that you won't be able to dedicate the time, $$ and effort that it takes to track them done if they stiff you. If you've had similar experiences, let me know, because right now I feel stupid and alone."
Most of the companies that do advertise on these job boards are small, or they are start ups and we writers, as small business owners do have to take steps to protect ourselves. I've taken 3 jobs from job posting sites and I never take them without first checking out their website, calling to verify they're a legitimate business, doing a free phone number search to see where the phone number is registered and to whom. Talking to them also gives me a more secure sense. Also, my contract demands half of the payment upon signing. If the company wants the piece immediately, I direct them to pay the first half through paypal. If we have some time, I go ahead and tell them to mail me a check to avoid paypal fees.
What are some of the steps other writers take in doing business with new clients?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sitting on the Couch Watching Oprah and Eating Bon-Bons

This perception that freelancers are a bunch of dim-witted people who maybe scribbles a one-liner for a client and then goes off to watch soaps, Oprah and Dr. Phil the rest of the day is an annoying one. Take our friend, Dave, the term paper mill owner (and I know you're still lurking, Dave. Your ego won't let it go) who made several negative references to women or stay at home moms. While he felt he could make more overt comments hiding behind an email address and a first name that probably isn't even his real one, most references to what we do are more discreet.
My goal buddy, Heather Larson, will make the leap full-time into freelancing on December 19 and wrote me a note about what other people think we do all day long. Heather works in a school library and said a male teacher asked her if she was retiring. When she told him what she was going to do, he said, "I wish I could stay home and write full-time." Another one said, "I want to write a book." Heather thought, "As if we sit around and watch soaps and eat bon-bons all day long." She wanted to tell them, "You probly could if you spent the last 20 years doing it and getting better at it, like I have."
Those of us who have been freelancing for a long time are used to this. I've had people tell me, "Oh, I think I could probably do that, how did you find work?" I wanted to tell them, "Well, first of all, you need to learn how to write more than your name, and then you have to learn how to do marketing, accounting and everything a small business owner does while fending off idiotic perceptions by family and friends that you don't do anything all day."
Before I celebrated my free day I went to a conference where a writer was telling us about the writing life. She told the story of a guy (so, we aren't all women, are we) who was an excellent writer. He did well at a number of publications and then decided to embark on a freelance career. The problem was that he couldn't keep himself off of the golf course on nice days. He thought freelancing was only for the days he couldn't be outside. It wasn't long before he was back to a 9-5 job. Another writer on the same panel advised us, "You can't let a messy house bother you when you have deadlines to meet." How true. While my schedule is a lot more flexible now that I'm self-employed in that I set the 60-70 hours a week I work (no more timing into that maddening corporate computer time clock), if I don't work, I don't get paid and if I don't get paid, certain bills go past due - and that makes everyone unhappy.
Heather didn't know how to respond to these people and I've never quite figured it out either.
Give us your best responses in comments.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Jon Stewart, Craig's List and Waterboarding

By now, we've all realized that the term "waterboard" isn't some surfer slang used in California. It's a term used for a particular type of torture. Jon Stewart was as funny as ever last night, bringing waterboarding and Craig's List into the same sentence. One of Jon's fake news correspondents decided to lampoon CNN's waterboard demonstration by volunteering to be the torturer instead of the torturee. His victim? He said it was a guy "responding to a fake Craig's List ad." I guess writers aren't the only ones aware of job board scams, and if it had been a writer on the show, we would have wrote the joke to say it was "someone who had listed a fake Craig's List ad!"

What is it about Portland? Dawn Weinberger, a freelancer in Portland, sent me a couple of ads to post to the blog today. Unfortunately, one had already been removed by the poster. Sadly, it was probably because the poster received too many replies. The other one is an ad for HISQuarterly, a new upscale mens online magazine. The ad is seeking music, book, advice, sports and health columnists:

"We are specifically interested in new and/or unknown writers for this concept. The website will also feature a pay area in which readers may download a digital copy of HIS Quarterly, view additional articles, follow up materials for the last edition of the magazine, and additional images from the magazine pictorials.

If chosen for this uncompensated position, you will receive a submission schedule for your column, a byline, and a steady place on the internet for your work to be featured in the public domain."

Ah, so the publisher pays his rent, utilities, Internet provider, maybe a website designer while taking in money from the paid portion of his site - but he can't pay the writers who will draw readers to the site?
Where do I sign up?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

One Mom and Three Crazy Dog Ladies

Kansas City is a huge metropolitan area, but when it comes to the non-fiction writers community, it is a pretty small place. I had the opportunity to dine with three other writers yesterday, the pretext was to get together with other writers who are all a part of an international writing community we belong to online. But I knew these writers personally from publications for which we formerly had written. Two were from a local alternative paper and another was a former editor at a community newspaper. We're all now freelancers, but we had more in common than the publications and the online forum. Three of us are animal writers. We talked, laughed and lamented over our dogs and rescues we had taken in. While Tammy isn't an animal writer, she likes dogs and (I think) took an interest in our conversation. It at least gave her some stories about the 3 crazy dog ladies to take home to her children and husband last night.
Our conversation and holiday book exchange didn't concentrate on writing so much as it did on our lives. It reminded me that even when getting together with a group of writers, it's fun to not talk shop sometimes, but to just relax and hang out. That's especially important for writers who are pretty much sequestered in their homes all day.
**I've added a new link. Several weeks ago someone posted on that international writers forum about a blog that spears bad listings on Craig's List. Craig's List Curmudgeon's identity remains a mystery, but we wrote via email last night and agreed to support each other's efforts. Visit the site - it's a real hoot!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Mental Masturbation

No, I can't take credit for this hint of brilliance. This is a term coined by the owner of a company seeking writers to pen term papers for college students. And while I should have known the warning signals, dumb me thought they were seeking business writers. Here's the ad from Craig's List: Fast, Brilliant Part-Time Writers Needed (Comp: TBD) (telecommute) :
Date: 2006-11-13, 9:20PM EST Fast, brilliant writers needed for freelance work. Experts in international affairs, economics, financial management, general liberal arts studies are what we're looking for. We're a globally competitive firm with clients all around the world. We pay well and expect the best. It's freelance, so you take on as much as you can handle. The best writers may earn $2,000 per month, if they're fast and accurate. We're trying to grow the business, so ambitious writers are encouraged.

When I sent my cover letter and resume, I got a very long email explaining what this company is really up to. Being in the mood I was this morning I sent the following email to "Dave," who signed the letter. What follows are the continuing exchange until I finally blocked him from my email box just because I had real work to get to:

Me: Dave-
Why do you advertise for business writers when what you really want are writers who can't get work anyplace else except to write term papers for college students who can't write their own.
I'll tell you why. Because if you advertised your low-life business as what it really is, that is the kind of writers you would have reply.
Why don't you quit wasting real writers time and tell people exactly what you are.
Dave: LOL. why are you wasting my time replying? some people's mental masturbation never ceases to amaze me.
Me:How witty. Now I see where you got the idea to have people write idiot's term papers.
Dave:and now you can go back to rubbing the clit that floats in the air between your ears.
Me:Keep it up, you're showing your true intelligence now. And be sure to check out my blog later, please.
Dave:wow, you must be really hard up for hits to your blog.
Me: I'm sure it gets a lot more from real writers than you'll receive in reply to my ad. No need to reply, you've been added to my blocked senders list. I've got real writing deadlines.

It never ceases to amaze me that when these people who advertise for real writers have nothing to fall back on, they rely on insults and profanity. Hopefully, this will help you get started in erotica, Dave, I hear there's good money in it.


Every once in awhile, I'll receive from Write for You readers exchanges between them and the job scammers. Spike Benjamin, a Portland freelancer recently responded to an ad for an editor for a new launch, Prose Magazine, out of Portland. Here's Benjamin's snarky response:

I'm responding to your recent CraigsList posting seeking a feature editor for Prose Magazine. At first glance, the arrival of a new magazine in Portland is cause for celebration -- another market, another voice, a new opportunity to connect with readers.

Unfortunately, in the case of your new magazine the elation ends quickly. Though you'll undoubtedly be deluged with letters of interest from self-loathing freelancers and aspiring writers who are willing to handle both the editing and production tasks you outline, I thought I'd take an alternate tack and tell you why I'd prefer to stay dry and clear of the applicant pool.

In no particular order:

The job is called features editor, not feature editor; that is unless you intend to publish only one, ever.
How can you demand that applicants possess "extensive knowledge of writing and editing techniques" and the Chicago Manual of Style, yet misspell both journalism and digital? (that's a rhetorical question)
What is the difference between taking over the duties and assuming the duties? (also a rhetorical question?)
Is it part-time? Is it an internship? You say both, but for the $250+ compensation you mention, any "feature editor" would be better off flipping burgers and that goes for the 10 staff journalists you're seeking at the $250 rate as well.
Here's a suggested revision to your CraigsList posting:

Prose Magazine Features Editor

Prose Magazine is looking for an independently wealthy individual in need of a hobby to serve as features editor. The ideal candidate will be able to put in long hours, but receive no compensation or benefits for their efforts. The successful applicant must be expert in writing, editing, and production and be willing to spend long hours with the publication founders reviewing basic spelling and explaining how style guides work. The successful applicant should have extensive investigative journalism experience and an advanced journalistic education, yet have no other professional options available to them with any media organization or publication that knows how to spell journalism. The successful applicant should have a well-developed personal and professional network in Portland and be willing to pimp out those contacts relentlessly. The successful applicant must not only edit features, but also complete all necessary production prior to publication.

If you have great credentials, don't need any compensation, and want to associate with dilettantes, please send a concise email detailing why you are qualified for this position to

For $250, you'll get $250 worth of journalism that won't come close to achieving your stated goal of producing "in depth and unbiased regional news coverage."

There's nothing wrong with being in bootstrapping start-up mode, but don't present yourself as a "real" magazine and then write such an amateurish job posting with such insulting compensation.

And part of the editor's response:

"I will pay what I can, when I can, and will mislead no-one. When the magazine is able to generate revenue, I will continue to pay as much as it takes to continue to publish high quality writing."

And Benjamin responded in part: "In your response, you mention that your ability to pay writers depends upon Prose Magazine generating revenue. Does your ability to pay your web hosting fees, your advertising sales staff, or your printer depend upon generating revenue? Why is it that those creating the content from which you intend to derive revenue rank so low among your priorities?

As to what you should pay your writers, I'd suggest market research: consult editors of publications you aspire to rival, contact any of the many industry trade groups such as the Society of Professional Journalists or American Society of Magazine Editors, or -- this would really require going out on a limb -- talk with some writers. No writer expects a start-up magazine to pay rates on par with The Atlantic or The New Yorker. However, writers do expect rates that don't belittle their efforts and few professional writers will work for what you're offering.

Although you've staged a defense in your email, I notice that you've removed both Prose Magazine job postings from CraigsList and removed all staff names from the Prose Magazine Web site. Perhaps you've had a change of heart and amended the Prose Magazine business plan to include a budget line for paying writers or perhaps my response just embarrassed you.

Here's to the hope that you'll become an editor who values writers and eventually reap the rewards that accompany that belief."

Good job, Benjamin. Keep 'em on their toes!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Lots of Experience With No Pay

What are you worth, exactly? That's the question every freelancer faces on a daily basis. If we have lots of work in the hopper, we might be inclined to turn down lesser paying work. If we don't, we may be forced to take below market rate. But what is "market rate?" Many freelancers agree that it is at least $1 per word for high gloss, national magazines. Some pay regular freelancers up to $2 a word, but those jobs are few and far between. For a 1,000 word article, then, the freelancer who can score $1 a word will make $1,000. But how long did it take to write the article? That fee isn't very much if the article was laden with heavy research or multiple source interviews.
Freelancers also agree that it is usually more beneficial to calculate our worth by the hour, rather than by the word. When I started doing this year, not only did my annual income start to increase, but I was finally able to nail down what I needed to actually make a decent living. And while I'm still not making what I did in the corporate world, it is enough to pay the bills and justify not putting wear and tear on my vehicle or my mind.
What are you worth?
People ask me all the time why I bother to out the scammers who would have people work for nothing. I'll repeat it for the last time this year: I do it because these people, who would set up shop and run a business based on having people with the professional skill set of writing, are the reason the $1 a word pay hasn't increased since the 1970s and 80s.
Now, this week's winner, another start-up opening a business that relies on professional writers, yet not having a budget to pay for the very skill they are promoting. This is for a hip-hop urban magazine. The ad requried a resume, writing samples and a huge amount of skill: "If selected, you will be responsible for writing approximately 5-10 news blurbs of about 50-100 words every day, including weekends. Specific images and news feeds will be submitted to your e-mail. You will be expected to paraphrase these items and upload your work to the backend of our site. Ultimately, you will also manage a team of news writers. Positions are currently unpaid, however, with the magazine's growth, salaries will be negotiated. This is an excellent opportunity for the right individual to become part of a fast growing online magazine."
Excellent opportunity? Let me run for the exposure.