Archive for November, 2010

Rogers refuses to remove writer’s work from Yahoo

This fall, Rogers Publishing started syndicating work by independent journalists on line. The Canadian Writers Group (CWG) noticed in September that stories from late 2009 and early 2010 by Patricia Pearson and Ellen Vanstone, first published in Chatelaine, were posted on Yahoo’s “Lifestyle” site.  When an editor at Chatelaine was contacted, she had no explanation […]

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm by story board · Comments Closed · Tagged with: , , , , , ,

What do you do when you’re stiffed?

A small group of freelancers recently had this experience. They were engaged by a Toronto-based publisher to provide material for some specialized periodicals. The terms of the contract were clear and unequivocal. The price and deadline were set. Payment was due 30 days after publication date. Wait a minute. After publication date, not after submission? […]

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm by story board · Comments Closed · Tagged with: , , , ,

“The future lies in apps, not on shelves”

Virgin’s Richard Branson launched his i-Pad magazine today, taking a flyer on the future of digital-only mags.  “Project” focuses on “design, entertainment, technology, entrepreneurs.” Sounds like a publication after Branson’s own heart. Apparently, Virgin is trying to best News Corp, which is poised to launch its own i-Pad magazine, “The Daily,” supported by Apple. We […]

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm by story board · Comments Closed · Tagged with: , ,

What do you say when they ask if you’ll work for free?

We’re hearing that a certain national TV broadcaster – not the CBC – has been inviting people onto national news programs in return for … no payment. Sometimes, it may make sense for you to appear on a program without getting paid for it. If you’ve written a book and you figure going on national […]

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 10:15 am by story board · Comments Closed · Tagged with: , , ,

Tips for negotiating a contract with an engager

GET IT IN BLACK AND WHITE: Always sign a contract before you begin work. Document your negotiations and the promises of your editors. It will help ensure you get paid properly in case there are any disputes. SHOW ME THE MONEY! If you are an experienced freelancer, avoid working for the minimum rates wherever possible. […]

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm by story board · One Comment · Tagged with: , ,