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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 09:17 pm (UTC)
Um - a question-
What constitutes "pay"? I wrote a background myth for the novel I'm working on, and, on my sister's advice, sent it to "Mythic Circle", the literary zine of the Mythopoeic Society. They accepted it right away, but I only got one free copy. Still - this is a society I've heard of all my adult life; the magazine's been around awhile, and they did give me a free copy. This was (other than a set of books I won for a Lewis essay contest) the only pay I have ever gotten for anything I've written as of yet, so I didn't mind. Far from it! However-

Though I, most of all, want to tell a good story and find readers who appreciate and enjoy my work, and though I'll never make a living solely through my writing, I would prefer to get some kind of payment. I hope the next sale I make will have a monetary payment attached, and I expect most of my fellow writers would feel the same way. But there is more than one sort of payment for one's work, isn't there?

My two cents-
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Re: What constitutes "pay"?
I guess that's up to you. For me, it's a cash payment. It doesn't have to be a lot eg: Every Day Fiction (www.everydayfiction.com) and Flash Me magazine (http://www.wingedhalo.com/index.html) offer a token payment of (I think) $3 and $5 dollars respectively.

As you say, though, there are other ways to pay, though personally, I tend to include contributer copies in with non-payers.

If you're looking for a database of paying markets, I recommend www.duotrope.com, or cloudscudding's www.aswiebe.com :)
Nov. 5th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: What constitutes "pay"?
People do tend to link contributor copies in with nonpayers, as you say. I do, too. But why? If you will accept a token payment of no more than $5, how is this different from accepting a magazine that sells for $10?

Of course, I do know the answer to that. You can do whatever you like with the money - including buying the magazine, if you choose. Getting a contributor's copy doesn't give you that freedom. But, from a monetary point of view, there really isn't that much difference, is there?

Thanks for the links, BTW. That's very helpful.
Nov. 5th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: What constitutes "pay"?
Re: thanks for the links. My pleasure, I wish you luck if you decide to pitch your stories there :)

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