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Spreadsheets: Professional Online Genre Magazine [May. 8th, 2012|08:45 am]

[User Picture]From: jimkeller
2012-05-08 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing these. Most illuminating.
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[User Picture]From: ellen_datlow
2012-05-10 02:16 pm (UTC)
What about paying the editor? That's part of what makes a professional magazine.
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[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2012-05-10 02:26 pm (UTC)
The days where someone will pay an editor gobs of money just to pick fiction is long over, I suspect. :p Those were the crazy early-Internet days. No one in the right mind, apart from a full-time editor, would look at a professional magazine in terms of salaries. The readership certainly doesn't care, so long as you deliver the goods. (CLARKESWORLD is a classic example. Or STRANGE HORIZONS) Mind you, I wouldn't mind seeing more of the established editors launching their own magazines, but I do think there is that expectation of being paid way above the current level of most online magazines, which means that the overhead makes the magazine almost certain to fail. (BAEN'S UNIVERSE?) You have to walk before you run, after all. And, if people are waiting for online magazines to grow to pay them those salaries, the chance will have passed. Either way, no one, from readers to authors to SFWA to Campbell Awards, consider paying professional salaries, whatever that means in this world, to constitute what a professional magazine actually is.
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[User Picture]From: ellen_datlow
2012-05-10 09:46 pm (UTC)
Who's talking about gobs of money?I'm talking about paying an editor, copy editor, and proof reader fairly just as you pay the writers.

It sounds like online magazines are all being run as fanzines, which means editors like writers need "day jobs." So much for "editing" being a profession.

Edited at 2012-05-10 09:47 pm (UTC)
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