Great idea about bartering! Kinda goes with the whole writing "exchange" concept, I figure.
We've been approached by publishers (their editors), lit agents, film studios, and a passel of independent filmmakers. The indies are really the only ones we get along with. We've turned down decks and offers from three major studios, so far... They demand LGBT marketing with the obligatory 2-chicks sex branding/labeling.
We want a "Real Life, Thelma & Louise" - What we did has nothing to do with sex!