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In amongst last Friday's 'Interesting posts' collection, was one about non-paying markets, by my friend, aalford. in which, he lists some of the non-paying sites that he enjoys reading.
The question of why many writers look down on these types of publications also came up, as well as one about whether or not his readers would ever submit to one.  I gave him my answer (for me, some form of cashy-money payment, however small, is a matter of principal), but it got me thinking about this from the other side. 

Assuming the publication or e-zine is attempting to make money - even if it's just to cover costs - I'd say they darned well ought to pay their writers, just as they no doubt pay their printer/site designer/web-host etc.  I really can't see the downside of offering (say) $5 per story as opposed to a big fat zero.  Unless writers don't care if they get paid or not, in which case, why bother offering, right?

There's certainly all manner of non-paying markets, so maybe it's just me.  Maybe most other writers submit to paying and non-paying markets alike.  If they don't, then I'd say the non-payers are making a mistake, 'cause their paying competitors are getting first dibs on all the good stories.

How about you?

Is asking for free materiel a good business strategy for a publication?

Do you ever submit your work to non-paying markets?

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Nov. 4th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not big on it. I'm not so concerned about the money (in fact with my only decent payment to date I poured it write back into a subscription to that magazine), so much as the quality issue. I think a lot of the time the non-paying markets just aren't that attractive. If a magazine's payment is low, but they're putting together a fine publication, I'm all for it. One of my story sales, the money went to charity, in that case I could totally except non-payment as well.
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I've only made the one sale, but I donated the $3 back to the mag. As I say, for me, it's more about the prinicipal of the thing.

Thanks for sharing :)
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with that! I could care less about the money, but I still think we should get something. And I rather like the idea of pouring that money back into the mag. If not in donation, then by at least buying copies.

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