I really admire what you are attempting to do; honestly. In order to grow you're willing to give; and what we give returns ten-fold. I did the same thing when starting a photography business. I went out and photographed events for free until I developed a portfolio. I then began charging, and once I had established clientele, I increased my rates until they were top dollar over a period of two-three years. The organizations I worked with ( County Clubs, United Way, Community Foundation, Arts Council, etc ) didn't mind a slight increase over a period of two-three years. They thought I was worth it, as I had established myself.
I've done the same thing with my graphic design/social networking management business. Once you get the hang of how to build, the business outline is solid on most fronts with very little or zero capital.
What you need to do is develop a portfolio of authors. Design an ad and post it to various writing groups across social networking sites. Don't be manic about it; that reeks more of desperation than excitement to professionals. Just post the ad with the contact information. See what happens there.
Thanks times a million! That is so wise and worth me really meditating on! And I will!
... I was tempted to make a separate post, but let me just say... I value the networking more than the money. I might be the only shmuck who thinks this but I'm a firm believer in the practical value of the gifting economy.
I respect competitive prices, but I've decided against that for my business model. I favor normal to higher prices, but more gifts and wholesaler loyalty.
...And clubs getting group deals.