So I get this message in my Facebook mailbox about a new application that I can add to my profile. It’s called iGo iWrite and basically it allows travelers to write about their trips and other travel experiences – like any of the other travel blog sites out there that are user driven – but with a twist. The creators of the application will compile the best posts into a book and publish it as a new and innovative series of guidebooks created by Facebook users.
Sounds great on the surface, doesn’t it? But wait a minute. Let’s examine this closer.
You do the hard work of writing the story. You maybe even contribute photos. Then they publish it in a book.
But you don’t get paid for it. Nada, zip and zilch.
I joined the app just to make sure and here’s what it says:
“Will I get all the fame and glory?
Yes, you will a receive a byline for your work and will be credited for your participation in the world’s first published writing project conducted entirely on Facebook. In addition, your Facebook photo, or one you select, may accompany your published article.”
So you don’t get any pay. You don’t even get a free copy of the book. You get nothing, but your name as author and “maybe” a photo of you, and in return, they make money off of your writing and hard work.
Don’t fall for this guys. I know everyone who has ever blogged about their travels or read a guidebook has had dreams of their work being published. But you’re better off keeping your own travel blog and then using a service like lulu.com to self-publish than falling for a scam like this.
Unless, of course, you like getting nothing for something.
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