10 Ways to Respond to Non-Paying Pubs’ Excuses By Angela Hoy

The next time you see someone seeking writers for no pay, don’t hesitate to respond to their lame excuses for non-payment!

10. We’re a non-profit…

Non-profit doesn’t mean you don’t make any money. It simply means you have to spend it before the end of your tax year. The utility companies, web hosting firms and even printers don’t give their services for free to non-profit publications. Why should writers be asked to do so?

9. We can give you great exposure!

Any publication that is new and can’t afford to pay writers isn’t going to offer writers any exposure. Likewise, anyone who’s been around awhile who doesn’t have any ad revenue (the main reason they can’t afford to pay for content) is also too small to offer any exposure. If you have an impressive circulation, you can afford to pay writers.

8. Lots of editors read our magazine…

Editors are NOT looking in other publications for writers, especially non-paying publications! They can hardly keep up with their own slush piles as it is. Please don