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Monday, June 07, 2010

Fortitude: A New Paying Marketplace for Writers

FortitudeA new website for freelance writers looking to earn some extra cash has been launched today.

The site is called Fortitude. It is being referred to as 'an online magazine for being human', although in some ways it is more like an article directory, albeit one that pays for the best contributions.

Writers can submit articles (including poetry and short stories) on any subject to Fortitude, and they are then reviewed and rated by other users. Articles rated highly enough are published on the front page and are guaranteed a minimum fee of $10, up to $100 maximum. Right now, with only a small number of members, Fortitude say the chances of achieving a place on the front page of the site are actually very good.

As well as earning money from your contributions, you can earn a small fee by reviewing other people's. And there is also a referral program for introducing new members. If you decide to join Fortitude via one of the links in this post, for example, I will be paid a few dollars for my trouble.

As you may have guessed, there is a fee for joining Fortitude. It's quite modest, however, at US $1.99 a month, payable a year in advance. You would only have to get one or two articles on the front page to cover your annual fee, and after that you would be in profit.

It's too early to say yet whether Fortitude will prove a good source of income for writers, but the program was developed by Locust Swarm, the company that runs Qondio, so they do have some experience in this area. I've joined, obviously, and think it's worth a shot if you're confident you can produce work that other people will enjoy reading. But much will depend on whether enough people join to give Fortitude the initial impetus it needs.

My advice would be, if you decide to give Fortitude a spin, upload some articles as soon as possible. Not only is there less competition for places on the front page right now, you can then ensure you have covered your costs and made a profit even if the site goes under in a few months' time. Not that I'm predicting it will, of course!

* See also my new Squidoo lens for more hints and tips for making the most of Fortitude.

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Blogger P. M. Walkinturtle said...

Heya Nick,

I have been receiving your newsletter for some time, and have enjoyed each new addition to my growing email library. However, this week I just had to write to thank you for bringing my attention to "Fortitude". After checking out the site I was indeed impressed, thank you for all that you do!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, P.M. Glad you find my updates helpful! It's early days for Fortitude, but I agree that the site has a lot of potential if it takes off

8:49 PM  
Blogger Noeleen said...

Hi Nick

I have joined Fortitude and already had an article published a couple of days ago which didn't make the front page, but today I made it to the Front Page with A Cautionary Tale for Travellers. I have not yet covered my membership fee, but well on the way. Many thanks for the tip.

Noeleen Kennedy

7:51 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Noeleen. Yes, I saw your name on the Fortitude front page. Many congratulations!

Fortitude are also now paying $1 a time for submissions that don't make their front page (as long as they meet their minimum quality threshold). This is backdated, so hopefully you will now have this added to your account balance as well. And don't forget that you can also earn money by rating other people's submissions, and by introducing your friends and colleagues to the site.

Good luck, and I look forward to seeing your name on the Fortitude front page again soon!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering about this site. It sounds like a decent place to write, although I am not sure about the fee you have to pay. I would curious to hear more reviews on this site.

I also 'liked' your page, hope you can check out my site.

Thanks for the post!


3:24 PM  

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