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Startup advice needed

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BballBenGood2Me, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. BballBenGood2Me

    BballBenGood2Me New Member

    New Internet concept needs some advice. Before you begin realize I'm a journalistic noob so guide me if you can with the understanding that, eventually, I'd like to see some people here making some money.

    1. Imagine that I have blogs willing to submit articles to me for editing before they post and when they submit an article the request goes into a que that only approved commissioned editors can see. How should I set up the que:

    a) editors are added based on available time & day slots - the time the request hits the que dominates
    b) first to the que gets the work as long as it's completed in a timely manner
    c) share and share alike

    2. What do you consider to be a reasonable charge to 'light edit' 1,000 word articles from bloggers. By that I mean spelling, grammer, and any suggestive warnings (ie: you stated this as a fact - do you have two sources?). The writer will remain responsible for their work - all we would be doing is assisting them with better copy.

    If you have suggestions, please feel free to add them below.
  2. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    1. queue
    2. grammar

    Not sure what you should charge for a 'light edit' but you should charge more for spelling the words right.
  3. BballBenGood2Me

    BballBenGood2Me New Member

    and why I need editors for this project. :)
  4. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    If you want real advice, I would say don't do this. There are already like 400 internet sites like this.

    Examiner.com, Bleacher Report, Suite101, RafterJumpOn, and a bunch of others. This is not a unique idea and therefore is not a good idea.
  5. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    How do you expect to make money and don't say AdSense?
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Sad to say, but you'd be better off with making sure the SEO terms are prominent in the articles, editing be damned.
  7. BballBenGood2Me

    BballBenGood2Me New Member

    Interesting not one person asked about the concept and a couple already think they know what it's about. Am I seeing one reason why mainstream media is floundering?

    My concept is unique or I wouldn't be doing it. :)

    My concept already has subscribers or I wouldn't consider doing it. :)

    But since nobody is looking for a work-from-home opportunity...

    Thank you all the same.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    We have had a TON of work-from-home, online-type opportunities on the jobs and freelance boards here. Some are good. The majority are junk that good people have wasted good time over. So with that in mind, and being a newcomer here, you'll kindly appreciate that the regulars aren't falling over themselves to ask you about your startup. But best of luck.
  9. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Work-from-home + startup = work-for-free.
  10. Babs

    Babs Member

    If you read his/her post, and I don't think many of the responders did actually that, it sounds like an editing service, not a provider of new content.

    I can think of some people who would pay for an on-demand editing service -- if it was cheap enough. But you'll have a hard time making it cheap enough for people to actually use it. Because not enough people value editing that much. Sadly.
  11. golfnut8924

    golfnut8924 Guest

    Agreed. Especially bloggers. You think bloggers care about editing their stuff? Hell no. Most of them don't give a rats ass about any type of journalism ethics, rules or standards so why would they shell out money to have their stuff edited?
  12. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Most good writers also realize they need to revise and polish their work before they post it. So, if you're going to go the "light editing" route, who is your demographic? Underconfident bloggers with some spare cash? The retired? Upper middle-class stay-at-home moms?

    On the other hand, if you offered an editing service that makes drab prose sing, to punch it up, I could see a market for that. Corporate blogs written by CEOs. That unreadable (and unread) blog put out by your local representative. And - like with a lot of producers in Hollywood - people who are "big on ideas" but want someone to actually put those darn words together.
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