WordHustler is a really interesting new online application created by a couple of writers for writers. The idea is that writing is hard enough, without all the hassle of having to deal with markets and submissions, so they’re trying to take all that stuff away.
The normal process of submitting your prose usually revolves around lots of photocopying, stamp licking and market research, which WordHustler claims to do for you. So all you have to do is focus on writing that brilliant screenplay or short story and they’ll do the drudge work. Sound good?
The site contains a community rated database of over 3000 markets for various types of writing, and members get a set of tools to organise their work down to the last stamp addressed envelope. Project management, a submissions control panel, cover letter writer, it’s all in there somewhere.
It’s all rather cool and inviting, and the interface looks great from a distance. There’s a charge for all this of course, starting at around $3.00 for 4 pages worth of stuff, and the big fact of course is you have to produce stuff that is actually worth reading if you’re going to make it pay off, but that said, anything which makes it easier for us poor scribblers to make an honest living gets my vote.
It looks like US only at the moment, but still worth keeping an eye on to see how it develops over time.
It’s a simple fact: the more writing you send out, the more likely you are to get published. But who wants to spend all their time searching for those elusive writing opportunities, mastering the art of mail merging, and sifting through a huge stack of papers, collecting nothing but a headache in the process? Should we even mention the line at the Post Office? We didn’t think so. WordHustler does more than simply listing places to publish your work. We match your projects up with the best markets, then we print, send, and help you track the results. WordHustler offers more features, more community, and more data than any other writing service in the world. Bottom line: you’re a writer. You should be spending your time writing.