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It’s one thing to realize that you have a great story to tell, and quite another to navigate the crooked road to publication. These days most journalism schools offer extensive courses in media ethics and nuts-and-bolts reporting but fail to prepare aspiring journalists for the realities of freelancing for a living. This is why I founded WordRates, which is a website for writers to share industry information as well as rate editors and magazines. WordRates is working to innovate the way that writers bring their ideas to the market by using both the power of the crowd as well as an extensive team of mentors. The mentor team at PitchLab will review pitches for their market potential and then represent them to magazine just like a literary agency does in the book publishing world.

WordRates was covered extensively in the media. For more information visit the website or check out this selection of news articles about the endeavor.

Fast Company – “How Freelancers are fighting for their labor rights

The Nation – “Is Gawker’s Unionization a Sign That Creative Workers Are Finally Realizing Their Worth?

The Pacific Standard – “How do you make a living as a freelance investigative reporter?

Contently (The Freelancer) – “This Startup Will Piss Off Publishers—And Make Freelancers Happy

Columbia Journalism Review –  “A new website wants to disrupt how journalist do business.”

The Writer Underground – “Can Scott Carney’s new website disrupt how journalists do business?

The Storyboard – “Writer Scott Carney launches WordRates & PitchLab Kickstarter

Through the Cracks – “This Guy wants to revolutionize freelance journalism.