The friend I mentioned in a previous thread ("Work for free .....") thanks everyone for their input on his issue. Here's the upshot:
"In a friendly, respectful, business-like email, I told the fashion magazine my terms:
"That I would do 12 essays on their topics, due in a week, and would do rewrites as requested. In trade,
--- they give me a contract
--- they give me byline credit on the table of contents
--- they release the rights back to me after 2 years so I can use material in blogs or collected essays
--- they give me 10 copies of the magazine and that I would be willing to pick those up in person.
"And they said no!"
They just blew off a writer who was recently paid a dollar a word for a 3000 word addition to a regional atlas, and who had the first six essays done the day after the proposal was first made. Can you believe they offered $40 for 12 essays to a glitzy magazine that sells for double digits at the newstand?