Writing Nowadays–Not Getting Paid

Steven Harper PiziksI wrote an article about using puppets in play therapy for autistic children
and sent it to [NAME REDACTED] magazine. It received an enthusiastic
response from the editor, who said they wanted to publish it.

No mention of payment in the e-mail.

I wrote back to politely point this fact out and got back a response:

“I’m afraid we don’t offer monetary compensation to authors and if you want to withdraw your submission because of this, we completely understand.”

I’m so glad they understand.  I withdrew the piece.

–Steven Harper Piziks

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Writing Nowadays–Not Getting Paid — 10 Comments

  1. We don’t offer monetary compensation…

    * we will send you a dozen jars of homemade raspberry jam.
    * you can opt for a week of free babysitting.
    * we pay in kittens. Or puppies, if you don’t like kittens.
    * we’ll take you to breakfast at Denny’s, however.
    * we’ll take out a full-page ad in the NY Times celebrating your genius.

    We just can’t bring ourselves to pay you what you’re worth.

  2. Does [NAME REDACTED] magazine have pretensions of academic journalhood? Do they think their authors are paid out of research grants? That’s the only situation in which such a policy makes sense to me.

    • Their authors are “volunteers” (no mention of this idea on their web site) and their editor said the writers are happy to contribute to the “greater good” for autism families. I asked if she got paid, and if the copyeditor got paid, and if the typesetter got paid. I didn’t hear from her again.

  3. Sleazy. And unprofessional. If you’re not a paying market, you should say so up front. Now you have written a piece that (in theory) cannot be placed elsewhere.