Saturday, February 16, 2013

What is Byliner.com?

Byliner is a showcase of long-form journalism.  It's articles and stories longer than 3,000 words but shorter than a novel.  I guess you could say they are mini-books that can be read in two or three hour spans of time.  Inquisitive readers with short attention spans should love Byliner.com.  It's mostly nonfiction journalism like the article that placed Byliner in the spotlight--"Three Cups of Deceit" by Jon Krakauer (author of Into Thin Air).  It's about Nobel Prize nominee Greg Mortenson fabricating his best selling book Three Cups of Tea and misusing donations.  More about Mortenson's story can be found in this Washington Post article.
Anyway, the article by Krakauer and 60 minutes coverage of it helped launch Byliner into the spotlight in 2011.  The site offers quality writing by today's most famous journalists as well as up-and-coming journalists and authors.  For around $9.99 a month, a reader can subscribe to the site and have access to these articles.
The writers of these long-form articles and stories also reap the benefits.  It's been said that Byliner splits the profits with authors 50/50.  The advantage Byliner authors have is the editorial assistance that the site offers to the writers.  In a nutshell, Byliner.com is heaven for journalist; not so much for the mass audience.  If you're an aspiring writer for the New Yorker or Vanity Fair, then you'll definitely want to check out Byliner.com.

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