[EDITOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately this site no longer exists.]
Though we’ve covered a wide variety of publications where you can get your first clips published, it’s not often that we talk about places to send already-published stories. Syndicates are a valuable resource to you once you’re a little more established as a writer, offering exposure — and a way to be paid multiple times for a story you’ve already written.
iTravel Syndicate is a site where, for $39 a year, you can submit as many of your previously published articles and photos as you wish and set the price you think they deserve. They’ll be seen — and hopefully bought — by editors (there are over 1,000 of them, according to the site) browsing for content by category.
Travel articles on iTravel Syndicate run the gamut, from 200 to 6,000 words long, covering back-yard destinations as well as far away lands.
You can get an idea of the kinds of articles that editors buy from the site by looking through the list of “recently sold features” on the main page. Another good way is to click on “search content” on the left and then choose a category from the pull-down menu. On the next page, you can read titles and the first few lines of recent stories that are for sale and see how much authors are charging for them.
When your article sells, iTravel Syndicate takes a 40% cut of the price you set, so if you sell an article at $100, you’ll get $60. You’ll want to keep this in mind when pricing your story.
Since syndicates take articles that have already been published, you’ll have to be sure that you’re only submitting stories for which you still retain the rights.
Double check the stories you’ve sold or published for free to make sure you can publish them again, then sign up and start sending your stories in.
Don’t have any clips to submit to a syndicate, yet? You’ll want to check out tomorrow’s eletter… I’ll be talking about how to build your clip folder by submitting articles to small online publications that gladly take stories from unpublished writers — and then using those clips to break into paying markets.
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]