Friday, November 16, 2012

PWAC offering free trial of new web service linking writers and magazines

Magazines across the country are being approached by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) with a no-risk free trial offer of a  new web service that, among other things, allows magazines to manage their relationship with freelance writers.
The new, subscription-based service writers.ca, is free from now to Valentine's Day and is initially being offered to member titles of Magazines Canada, one of four partners in the PWAC venture (the others being the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, the National Magazine Awards, Access Copyright).
Essentially, the site allows editors to search for writers for print or online projects (and writers to search for clients.)
PWAC has always had a searchable database but this site -- created with support from the Canada Periodical Fund --  is more robust and has new features, including a job board, best practices guide, fee guidelines, contract templates and copyright information.
If, after the free tryout, a magazine likes the service, it would be invoiced February 14 for 10% of its membership in Magazines Canada (meaning in a range from $42 to $225 a year.)

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