Has anyone heard of these guys before? I applied to them at some point and they want me to write for them, but I can't find the website.
Did you even try Google?
[edit: if this is a clever ploy to get a free link for them; well, it's a clever ploy. lol. I was tempted to break the link, but decided, this idea was nefarious enough to deserve success--that's the marketer in me ]
Hahaha no the story is true, they actually did send me an acceptance letter. But the email says it's a gentleman's magazine looking for nutrition articles (i'm a nutritionist), so I didn't think that link was theirs :-o
They do exist. I am a Denver makeup artist and have done a lot of the makeup for the first issue that is yet to release.
I haven't heard of them, but that doesn't mean that they do not exist. And, not everyone has a website.
I would investigate them and find out as much as I could on them, before you decide to write for them. Make sure you're not giving your writing away to someone, who will use it for their own benefit and not compensate you in return properly.
I'm doing some humor stuff for them. They sound legitimate to me - small and new, but I've seen no indication of any kind of scam. Also, the editor's pretty professional and proactive, which is a good sign. I don't think they've officially joined the web yet, however.
they are pretty much amateurs, don't know how to do...
they wasted my time bothering sending articles and ideas and even a poem to come to nothing. The gal in charge doesn't return calls and her name sounds fake since she appears nowhere. I am upset but life goes on.
No I promise they are real...I'm one of the models featured in their first upcoming issue and have already gotten paid so I can tell you they are legit. I've met the whole crew and the other girls and everyone is very nice and super professional. The website is just not up yet but I'm sure will be soon. And the editor is very real, if she hasn't called back its probably because your not right for the magazine, its not personal. She is very professional and no one working on this I would call amateur. just be patient, the magazine will be out shortly.
These guys ARE amateurs (with the exception of the Editor)....the Publisher is a Hugh Hefner wannabe but couldn't carry Hef's pajamas. All he talks about is all of the woman he has had, including some of the models. They claim to have over 4,000 subscribers but in reality it's closer to 400 if that.
Well, I said that before, and I am not surprised, only contemption is that the Editor IS also an amateur, a.k.a opportunist. It is funny what you say about the publisher, as it is sadder than funny how some girls have to spread their "love"...in order to get attention. To each its own... My only problem has been the poor way they handed my application, making me dizzy all around to the extreme they even sent me a contract and later they didn't even contact me after me (an idiot indeed) trying to reach this "professional" editor for nothing. Life goes on.
Just wanted to let everyone know about American Beauty Denver. I recently submitted this to the Ripoff Report, a consumer advocate website where people can report companies like these.
"American Beauty Denver (http://www.americanbeautydenver.com) selected me as a finalist to write an article for their inaugural November issue. They sent me an email describing who they were ( ..." a gentlemen's magazine"), their distribution numbers (10,000 for their first issue) and instructions on the topic to write. After submitting five ideas for topics, they asked me to write on two of them.
Here is an excerpt from an email from "Lane Fairchild", the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"After I receive your ideas, I will choose a story assignment, and send you our writer agreement for you to release the content and to arrange payment. For the first issue, we are only able to pay $20/article, but due to the huge exposure opportunity, we hope that you consider our offer with hopes of a higher rate for the next issue."
After submitting the article, I did not hear from him in about a month. Finally, I received this email after inquiring about payment
"Since we are only paying $20 an article for this first issue, the kill fee (usually around 25 percent), isn't really worth it (especially to send to Spain). You may sell the article to another company, and we do appreciate the work you did. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
Just wanted to warn American Beauty Denver magazine (americanbeautydenver.com) did not pay me and withholds payments if you are outside of the country. Nowhere in their ad or introductory email did it specify non payment to contractors outside of the US. Looking to spread the word so that other writers won't waste their time with this unprofessional company.
Happy to discuss this company with others on this message board.
First of all "Lane Fairchild" is a 24 year old girl. So, you can already figure out how much in the world of professionality she can know. Second, I did receive the same kind of letter you did, so I presume is it a common form they use to trick/lure people into their schemes. Bottom line is that they are very unprofessional and it is a magazine that is already doomed to crash against an iron-wall. I wish writers out there would actually know about this.
I applied to write for 'American Beauty Denver' back in October, and was approved to write two articles for the November premiere issue.
I received the contract, and it was a joke; essentially, I was to submit full, completely edited articles and I would be paid IF they wanted to run my content--but they wanted a release to use ANY/ALL of my content with a non-Exclusive, non-revokable license.
As a professional freelance writer with contracts with numerous websites, let me tell you: I don't write a word without a contract guaranteeing payment as soon as I sign rights over to you. Period.
This was what I received when I questioned the flimsy contract I received--which didn't even specify I would be working for 'American Beauty Denver.'
"We don't have a contract for payment until we see the articles. I can guarantee you payment as long as they fit our editorial requirements (clever, complete, witty). We don't "guarantee" to buy the content from you until we at least get a first draft. After the first issue has come out, we will have a selected group of writers with contracts regarding payment."
Writer beware BIG time on this one! I have now received a follow-up email claiming that one of the local, legitimate newspapers (The Denver Post) will have a write-up about American Beauty Magazine, and a request for more article pitches from me. Obviously, the fact that I never delivered the previous articles doesn't matter to this "Editor."
Fledgling magazines frequently run scams like these to get free articles--never, EVER send completed work to anyone without a contract CLEARLY defining your pay for your time/work. Any "Editor" with any experience in the business is going to understand that. Not to mention when I originally was contacted in October, these folks didn't even have a website, a suite number, OR an @magazinename.com email address!
Recently, I began working for American Beauty Denver (not to be confused with American Beauty Magazine.) The magazine team continuously works hard to create an image that brings class and sophistication into one local publication. Every employee who contributes their time to ABD does so with the utmost respect to subscribers, readers, writers and advertisers.
As with many start-up publications, there are concerns and criticisms, often which are untrue. We are an honest company and are always open to comments and questions at email@example.com.
There's no honesty ripping OFF writers!!!!!!!! Stop the hypocresy.
You send contracts, make writers waste their time, hours of work researching and putting together articles which you do approve at first, then send a contract and then after weeks you decide is it not "convenient" for your magazine because you want something like Maxim or other magazines. Then, my question is what in the hell for do you first send invitations to this writers and after making them waste time and money you trick them?????
You have even the poor shame to have sent to THOSE SAME writers an email now inviting them to your pathetic opening and ASKING THEM AGAIN to submit 'pitches' and 'ideas' or even 'articles'.
Have you considered not only how unprofessional but low-spirited that is?
I wonder if you do the same with your models (???) DO they have to sleep with someone before they get featured??
Any magazine, unless it is a despicable joke, that has a 24 year old Editor is simple BULLSHIT. Magic doesnt happen like that, you either are a genius or have a nice deep-throat. WHich one I truly don't know. But it is obvious that this American Beauty Denver has NO inconvinient being unprofessional and abusing writers, after all the follow the "way" paved by influences and ass-kissing.
I just read out there that the editor is Courtni Vecchiarelli a 25 year old "model". Then, now we have that Lane Fairchild is Courtni Vecchiarelli?????????
If so........wow what a way to lie and misrepresent? I am bedazzle.
I see a lot of people are unhappy here, but I've had a great experience with ABD and Lane. I've written articles, seen them in the publication, and been paid. My contract says I keep full rights to the article as long as it's unique while they're running it. I'm very happy to help out a new publication, just like older publications were willing to help me out as a new writer (once upon a time). I definitely hope to write with them in the future.
Also, it's common practice for publications to ask for spec work (Query an idea, write an article, and then they choose to run it or not. You only get paid when it's run, if it's run). This idea is not a new one, and is used all the time. Plenty of writers choose not to write on spec, while others are fine with it. It's just the way some publications do it.
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