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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 08:17 pm (UTC)
It really depends on the market. There are some very good non-paying markets that have excellent editorial control and the fiction they produce is nothing short of outstanding. Why wouldn't I want to be in a venue like that one, even if I don't get paid?

Yes, it's always nice to be paid. I'm not arguing that point. But I've had markets offer to put up a banner to my website and promote me through their magazine when they published me. Sheesh, from my perspective that right there is worth something on any scale.
Nov. 4th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
'...and promote me through their magazine...'

You mean, like an interview or something?

I can see why that might be worth foregoing a few dollars.
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've had that happen, too. *nods*

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