Fact: a proper publisher (book, magazine et al) will NOT charge you to publish your work. It’s the other way round.
Yes, there are a good number of very good mags and e-zines who don’t pay, but you are getting readership, credits to put on your CV etc.
It’s a nice (and rare) thing to be asked to contribute to a magazine. So when I received an email from First Edition magazine earlier asking me to do just that I was chuffed (I thought it may have had something to do with the story I sent them in July – it wasn’t and I’ve since withdrawn it).
And then I read on.
And was not chuffed. I was angry and pretty bloody insulted.
They weren’t asking me to contribute. They were giving me the ‘opportunity’ to have my short story published online as part of their downloadable e-book content.
Customers would pay a nominal fee (based on word count), which sounded okay.
And all I’d have to do is send them the work. They’d edit it, convert it into their electronic format and pay for distribution (what distribution???) etc
AND IT WOULD ONLY COST ME £25.
As I said, proper publishers do not charge writers to publish their work.
So what’s going on here? I thought First Edition was a great idea. A print mag for new writers. Sold on the High Street as far as I remember.
I’ve just checked their guidelines.
They don’t pay contributors (aside from a non-specific cash prize to the best in a category).
The do sell advertising space.
And now they’re charging to people to publish something which, as far as I can understand, doesn’t have to pass any sort of editorial scrutiny.
Where’s the money going, First Edition? And why the sudden change?
I’m going to email a copy of this to First Edition and offer them the opportunity to explain themselves. I hope they’ve made a very silly mistake because if they’ve not, it’s a pretty cynical exercise in exploiting the new writers they originally claimed to be supporting.