Iâ€™ve spouted off before about my mercenary philosophy for writing. I know that there are those out there on both sides of that arguement. That doesnâ€™t matter, because this is my house, so I win.
Hereâ€™s something you need to consider when you are looking to submit to that anthology that only offers $10 and a contributorâ€™s copy (or two, if very generous)â€”this is a direct statement about the editor/publisherâ€™s expectation for return. If they are only willing to pay $10 for the stories they publish, they donâ€™t expect to sell too many copies. If they donâ€™t have faith in themselves, why should you?
Oh, and, if you are willing to sell your stuff for $10, what does that say of your faith in yourself?
I am certain that there are many, many editors out there, just doing it for the love, wanting to share fiction in a genre that they love with others. I got two things to say about that.
1) An e-zine is free (or can be, because if you want to take over Swordâ€™s Edge and make it a real e-zine again, youâ€™re welcome to it), so if you are doing it for the love, do it for the love and for free.
2) The reason you arenâ€™t doing it as an e-zine is because you want the satisfaction of having a printed copy in your hand. Which is fine, I understand that, but donâ€™t expect me to subsidize your desire. Why donâ€™t you go all out and actually pay professional rates, get professional stories, and publish something of which you can really be proud? Because that would cost too much? Again, donâ€™t expect me to subsidize your desire and also please see 1).
Sorry, I just get really sick of seeing this bullshit and knowing people are still happy to submit to these markets (and these are people whose work really deserves pro rates . . . well, some of them).
If you are doing it for the love, I can get behind that, but then explain again why a free e-zine doesnâ€™t do it for you.
Yes, that was a rant.
Yes, I am a dick.
Yes, you may go about your business now.