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June 20, 2004

Getting Paid For Writing

I had a good laugh when I read this by Real Live Preacher. [via Barry at Alas A Blog] I've been paid for my writing before too, but on my blog and my web site it's a labor of love. One time a college professor e-mailed me requesting to use a domestic violence article I wrote for Feminista for one of her classes. She said she would pay me! I was like, "Wow, sounds good to me." I probably should have asked for $200.00, but she was probably an adjunct professor who paid for all her supplies out of her own pocket. I felt like I would have been robbing her, so I asked for $50.00. From what Juliette (Feminista's editor in chief) told me, that particular article received more hits than any other article at Feminista. I'm like, that's cool. So this professor sent me a check for $50.00 that I taped to my computer, just like "Real Live Preacher" did. I just stared at it for awhile, thinking "A college professor paid me for an article. Cool." I can't remember what I bought with it. Probably food or DVDs. We do that a lot around here: Eat and watch cheesy movies.

Posted on June 20, 2004 at 09:23 AM | Permalink


When I got my first check ever for an article [$100 from the Minneapolis Strib for an 800-word commentary piece in the OpEd section] I made about a dozen copies of it [one copy got taped to my monitor], then I deposited the check into a brand-new bank account just for money I got from selling my work. Over the years that account has had long stretches of non-activity [no deposits, I mean], but it's also built up enough of a balance to foot the bill for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference a couple times, plus pay for a lot of books and other research marterials I've ordered from Spain and England.
Needless to say, the hub cannot touch that account. To paraphrase Billie Holliday: God bless the woman that's got her own. :)

Posted by: Tild at Jun 20, 2004 12:51:13 PM

The Utne Reader once paid me $20 to reprint (in issue #13) a review of a Ladies Against Women show I did in my zine INSIDE JOKE. Other than that, I've been published a lot but never paid for it. Not that I've ever tried to be paid for it, but there you are.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Jun 20, 2004 3:21:30 PM

Having read several of the fictional stories you have written I say why not go for the money?

Posted by: Rachel Ann at Jun 20, 2004 3:43:48 PM

I'm going for the money for one fictional story right now. It's almost finished, and I'm sending it first to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Last time I checked, they paid.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Jun 20, 2004 5:25:03 PM

Go for it, Trish. I subscribed to Writers Market online this year; it seems to be an efficient way of keeping up with the markets, the going $ per word and the revolving-door world of editors, etc. If I recall correctly, the annual fee is $29.99. It sure beats buying those honking big doorstop size Writers Market books every year or two. here's the URL:


Posted by: Tild at Jun 21, 2004 6:20:37 PM