A Place to Write About What You Love.
Hello fellow writers! If you’re like us, you’re unappreciated, under-paid, and perennially frustrated by a dearth of opportunities. Even when you land steady work, it might often involve covering less-than-inspiring topics.
Our small group is attempting to remedy this.
Pooling our efforts, the result is “Local Write Up” (www.localwriteup.com), a new interactive blog and cultural magazine. Hobbyist and freelance writers can create profiles, log in, and post about varied local cultural events and interests— anything from art to food, theater, film, books / readings, music, local news and beyond.
It’s easy to think that once a site is in existence, payment of some form comes commensurate with writing. However, this certainly isn’t the case– the increasingly digital world we live in makes reasonable (or any) pay-rates tougher and tougher to come by. We’ve experimented with many mechanisms on our site, and the latest we’ve come up with is crowd-funded stories, whereby you can ask interested readers to pitch in together to make a story (or a further part or series of a story) come to fruition.
An earlier (and still existing) idea involved advertisement slots that appear on writers’ postings, where the ad revenue goes directly to the contributors. Some other ideas are still around as well. We’re looking at every plausible solution to ensure writers can be compensated for their contributions.
We review all submissions before publication, and (sadly) don’t always accept everything that comes our way. However, we’re keeping an open mind, allowing as wide an array of offerings as possible. But to best ensure your work is accepted, please consult our Rules to get a sense of what we’re looking for, and our Tips for our preferred writing style. You’re welcome to check in and ask our thoughts before submitting a piece, but it’s not mandatory. Instead, so long as you can conform to these guidelines and provide quality writing, we’ll likely be proud to display your work (and help you set up advertisements and other features on your pages, to earn revenue).
Local Write Up got started in the New York City area– where we’re from– and is now expanding. The site is ultimately geared to accept posts nationwide.
We have no big investors, which we think is a good thing—it keeps the focus writer-centric. If you can spread the site’s message to other talented people, with good taste and writing ability, that would increase attention to the site and our ability to figure out more ways to make sure you (and other contributors) can be compensated increasing amounts in the future.
Thanks– we look forward to reading what matters to you.
CEO & Founder
Local Write Up, LLC
(Beta launch: December 15, 2013)