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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 07:13 pm (UTC)
I don't necessarily look down on non-paying markets - some have a very high reputation - but I don't submit to them, no. It's only under particular special circumstances that I sub to markets paying less than 1 cent per word (EDF is the main exception - which I submit to because of the level of readership, and the feedback from that readership).

I am always prepared to make exceptions if the right combination of circumstances arise, but in general... I want to make money by writing. I have made money by writing. So I see little reason to submit to markets that won't pay me for my writing.
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
'... I want to make money by writing...'

Sounds like a plan to me :)
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it kind of goes:
1). Write stories
2). ?
3). PROFIT!!!

(The underpants gnomes are my business advisors - is this wrong?)
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Lol, underpants gnomes are never wrong :)

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