Often, syndicated work in done in the form of a column. The column might be written daily or weekly. This is only one example of syndication. Think outside the column and I’m sure you can come up with more. Group like articles together to make a self-syndicated series. Offer your services to a glossy magazine not as a freelancer, but as a self-syndicated columnist. Are you a blogger? With a little work, it’s likely that your blog could become a self-syndicated column. Offer to ghostwrite self-syndicated articles for someone who would benefit from a column, but doesn’t have the time or skills to do the work herself.
Self-syndication brings numerous benefits to you as a writer. When you print your articles in multiple places, more readers have the opportunity to see your words, note your byline and follow your work. You gain faithful readers – every writer’s good luck charm.
The best news is that with self-syndication, you can bill more than once for the same column or article. The very word “syndication” denotes resale, so there’s no talk of first rights or all rights to your piece. If you are self-syndicated, editors and publishers know and understand that the work will be available elsewhere.
With self-syndication, you keep all rights to your work. A byline (and often a photo) accompanies your article. Typically, a short bio is included at the end of the piece. In other words, self-syndication promotes your writing by putting your name, photo and bio information with each article printed.
Is the business portion of self-syndication difficult or a lot of work? Not more than regular freelancing. With self-syndication, you do the writing as well as handle the business end of things. For most freelancers, this isn’t any different from everyday life. If you are a freelancer, chances are you know all about record keeping and invoicing.
Is self-syndication for you? If you are a freelancer, I think there’s a good chance self-syndication can benefit your career in some way, at some point. Like a good dictionary, self-syndication is a tool for every writer to keep on his or her bookshelf, ready to be taken out and used when needed.