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Old 01-07-2012, 06:33 AM
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From February I am hoping to start payment to authors for new short stories -approx. 8 slots per month. payment would be 10 Amazon voucher initially.
Is this something that people would be interested in?
Website is www.5minutefiction.co.uk

Let me know what you think about this?

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Old 01-07-2012, 07:27 AM
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I think many authors, especially those just starting out are happy, initially, to receive publishing credit for their work.

If you can offer them payment that's great. But I think it depends on the success and size of your publication and the quality of the work you are looking for as to what they will expect.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:30 AM
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If you pay authors 10 each for eight stories a month, that works out at 80 per month. Thats a big outlay on your part. How do you plan to keep that going over a long period of time, say a year at least?
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:35 PM
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Or perhaps you could employ CandraH as your business manager she seems to pretty clued up on math and that makes for good business. No?
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It's a relevant question, Ethan. Paying for fiction is a difficult model to sustain; I know, I've worked on one mag that finally bit the dust because payment to authors consistently outstripped mag sales, and helped set up another that is still going, but struggles.

I've also been on the receiving end, having a magazine fold on me after accepting a story of mine but before writing the check.
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I've also been on the receiving end, having a magazine fold on me after accepting a story of mine but before writing the check.
I had something similar. I had a story accepted by a publication that was re-launching. Their website, submission guidelines and info on Duotrope all promised a fixed sum for stories published, to be paid after publication. My story was set for the first 'new' issue, in which they also made the announcement that they were no longer paying authors.

At the time it didn't matter to me if I was paid or unpaid, I was trying to get myself published and that was accomplishment enough. However, as I was expecting payment it was still irksome and felt ever so slightly underhanded as to how they had gone about it.
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The main reason I care about being paid as a writer is that the more I can earn as a writer, the more freedom I have to BE a writer and not do other jobs that I don't like as much or have crappy hours. But I would also be much happier with an unpaid publication that is going to last than a paid one that will fold before it can pay me because it can't afford to pay the writers.
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With everyone so eager to get published they give their work away letting the market dictate their worth. Try nothing!

But maybe on the other hand they know what their work is worth.
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Ferengi blood runs in my veins... so, I guess I can't be labeled a "purist".
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Thanks for replying to this thread. Some good comments.
Sustaining payment for authors over a period of time is a tricky one, and only by trialing this and other things on my site will I find out if a balance can be struck.
Only time will tell -watch this space lol
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:59 AM
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Just to let you all know that new submission guidelines are now in place at www.5minutefiction.co.uk and that i will be paying 10 Amazon voucher for wach short story published.
Happy writing folks x
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Hey Gail67,
I was delighted to read your post as I am a serious Wach enthusiast with several short stories (Inc.Photos) and two novels about Waches. As soon as I get my querty keyboard corrected I will forward.
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