Think, before asking writers to pay for your hobby
I’ve been approached twice in the past couple of months about submitting to a non-paying markets which wanted to raise their profile, in return they offered exposure. Here is my reply to one of them.
Hi [Nameless editor],
I have a lot of sympathy for starting a new magazine. When we started Shimmer, our token payment was $5 and a copy of the magazine. Our editor-in-chief looked at how much she was spending on yoga and felt like she could afford to spend that much to support her fiction hobby.
After two issues we went to $10 per story and then to .01 per word. Each time we’ve raised the price as soon as we could sustainably afford it. It’s still a token payment but enough money to buy a meal to celebrate and a physical copy of a magazine that one can show to people.
The thing that we did to increase our profile was interview “name authors” since we knew that we couldn’t ask them to sell us a story for five bucks.
I’m sorry if it seems like I’m lecturing you, but I guess… I guess I am. I think my point here is that sometimes you have to pay for your hobbies.
Sorry for the lecture and I do wish you luck with the magazine.