I want to start this off by saying thanks to Arvind who posted a heart-felt comment on my eHow One Year Later post. In essence, he inquired about why Demand Studios and eHow were opportunities limited to US writers only.
As a result of his comment, I sent an email to Demand Media (the parent company for eHow and Demand Studios). For the sake of easy reading, I’ll re-post my email here:
This inquiry is about international writers. I often get the question on my blog regarding international writers writing for eHow and/or Demand Studios.
I have a small following and some of my non-US readers have asked that I contact you on their behalf to inquire about whether or not your company will offer writing opportunities to international writers.
Although your company does not owe me an explanation, I would like to be able to explain to my readers why they either can or cannot write for your company, or if it’s something on the table for discussion and could possibly be a reality in the future.
My readers give me far too much credit as to my power and pull on the internet, but I’d rather approach you to get a clear answer than offer an inaccurate, incorrect reason for your company’s decision.
I thank you for your time and look forward to reading your response.
Felicia A. Williams
I was pleasantly surprised when I received a rather prompt response. Although the answer does not immediately resolve the issue of presenting an opportunity for international writers, it does offer some hope.
Here’s the response that I received from Robyn Galbos of Demand Media:
This is Robyn from Demand Studios—I was forwarded your email below, and I thank you very much for your inquiry. I will try to answer your question. At this time, Demand Studios and eHow are not able to accommodate non-U.S.-based writers because of current tax-reporting limitations on our side.
We are, however, officially launching eHow UK by the end of the year, and from that experience we will learn to navigate the international waters in terms of payment, taxes, legal implications, etc., and expand from there. I don’t have an exact date, but that is the plan.
I hope that helps. Thanks again for writing.
The good news is that writers in the UK will soon be given the opportunity to write for eHow. Let’s hope that the experiment goes well thus opening the door for other countries to benefit from such an opportunity.
Thanks again, Avrind, for asking the question. Your question reinforced my new favorite saying: Assume everything is possible unless proven otherwise!