Two authors raised a very pertinent point about the post I reblogged, that magazine trying to start up.
The mag charges a (very small) reading fee for submissions, in order to fund the whole effect. Instantly, scamming comes to mind (what if they take my fee, “lose” my submission and never publish the mag? Or what if they already have everything together that they want to publish and are now tricking hopefuls into funding these others?)
However, I’d say that is thinking like a South African, not like an idealist. What if the whole effort is honest, they are honestly looking for great submissions (which I know our authors are capable of producing), they really don’t have $2000 to throw into a risky venture with a high-gloss, high quality print run?
In that case it would be interesting to hear how my readers would suggest they go about raising the funds without charging that reading fee.
I have seen a number of great web zines in the past decade or so, but what one can never really determine is this: Do they pay their authors for submissions? (I crit-edited for one for a while, but I didn’t “charge” anything for that.) Do they ever break even? Do they make money? Or is it all a labour of love, keeping some little old lady (or some enthusiastic young professional) busy over a number of years before falling flat because the latter runs out of fuut?
Please offer your feedback in the comments if you are so inclined. 🙂