I submitted a private audition piece written as kick-off to a possible series about decorating trends. The editor was thrilled with it and it was to run last Thursday.
A freelance contract was emailed to me last Tuesday and I was shocked by its language. I would basically be an indentured writing servant. In its broadest interpretation, Houzz would own the content of this blog and any other writing I may publish. Needless to say, I declined the offer.
Imagine my surprise when today I received notice of a comment on my private audition. Not only had Houzz published it, but they significantly changed the copy. I deleted the copy and requested that Houzz wipe any trace of the audition Ideabook. I've just received notice that they obliged.
Let this post serve as a warning to any other bloggers who may be contacted to write for Houzz.