Angela’s Desk

Why "Free" Publishing Services Can Quickly Go Belly Up, and How They Can Keep Screwing Authors Years Later

Why "Free" Publishing Services Can Quickly Go Belly Up, and How They Can Keep Screwing Authors Years Later

Offering something for nothing is a really dumb business model. While working with a "free" company may seem tempting to some authors, these firms typically go belly-up pretty quickly. And, some end up ripping their former authors off for years after the firm's demise...while holding those authors' books hostage.[...]


From The Home Office

NEED GREEN THUMB ADVICE, PLEASE – Best Seeds to Plant Late in the Season?

NEED GREEN THUMB ADVICE, PLEASE – Best Seeds to Plant Late in the Season?

Since we moved here late in the planting season, and since we were then sick for two weeks, we're VERY late in getting seeds in the ground. We have planted giant pumpkins (not for eating - for FUN!), sweet onions, green onions, and herbs. But, that's all so far. My question is...what can we plant this late in the season that we can still harvest before the first freeze in October?…


Paying Markets

The Prairie Journal

“Arts, literary, cultural small press journal.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 750. Semi-annual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2-4 months after acceptance. Buys First NA Serial Rights. Responds within 2 months. Pays $20 - $200 Pays $20-$200 for 500-2000 words. Read more →

Susquehanna Life Magazine

“Susquehanna Life is a quarterly, four-color, glossy feature-oriented publication with an active, upscale audience evenly divided between males and females ages 38+. Articles take a unique and positive look at a variety of aspects of life in Central Pennsylvania and provide readers with information about places to go, things to do and history. We strive to provide information that is unique and unusual. The most frequent compliment we receive from readers: ‘I’ve lived here all my life and I never knew that until I read it in Susquehanna Life magazine.’” Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Buys all rights. No reprints. Pays within 2 weeks of publication. Payment $75-$150 for full-length articles of approx. 850 words Read more →

ON Nature Magazine

“Published quarterly by Ontario Nature, ON Nature brings readers closer to nature by exploring Ontario’s natural areas and wildlife and providing insight into environmental issues.” Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays 30 days after acceptance. Publishes ms one month after acceptance. Buys First Canadian Serial Rights. No reprints. Response time varies, one week to three months. Pays $1/word. Read more →

Lake Superior Magazine

“Lake Superior Magazine covers the watershed and extended neighborhood of Lake Superior - including the shores of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. All stories must have a regional focus. We are more in the style of the old Look and Life magazines, with solid journalism as well as lifestyle stories and fantastic photography (for which we are noted).” Welcomes new writers. 50% freelance. Circ. 20K. Bimonthly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2-12 months after acceptance. Buys first NA rights. Accepts some reprints. Responds within 3-6 months. Pays $100-$400 for 600-2500 words. Read more →

Film Daily

"Who we are: Always now, forever independent. Film Daily is an online platform connecting audiences with indie filmmakers via news, views, and reviews." Does not accept reprints. Guidelines by email. Pays $50-$250. Read more →

“The Family Handyman brand began 70 years ago with the inception of Family Handyman, a national newsstand DIY magazine with 1.2 million subscribers. Our website,, has 6.5 million unique monthly visitors (plus healthy followings on social media). We're part of Trusted Media Brands, along with publications including Taste of Home and Reader's Digest.” Pays within four weeks of acceptance. Publishes ms within one week of acceptance. Buys all rights. No reprints. Responds within one week. Pays $75 for 350 word article. Read more →

Greenprints: The Weeder’s Digest

100% freelance. “GreenPrints is the "Weeder's Digest." We share the personal side of gardening, not the how-to: the heart, the humor, the inspiration, the significance, the healing, the warmth—through true stories of people's experiences.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 10K. Quarterly. Pays on acceptance. Buys First NA Serial rights. Accepts reprints. Responds quarterly in Feb., May, Aug., and Nov. Pays $75-$125. Read more →

International Living Magazine

“International Living has been helping people discover the world's best places to live, travel and retire since 1979. We know from experience that there are a host of places around the world that are live and retire in. In our monthly publication, International Living magazine, we share with our readers details of the those overseas destinations where they can improve their quality of life, lower their cost of living, and make money while living overseas. Discover everything from adventures in Panama to the best buys on the South of France property market...from how to open a bank account in your new country of residence to how to get the best deal on your next airfare...from the world's best beachfront property bargains to the most reliable local attorneys to help you buy your new dream home...from island-hopping adventures in the Mediterranean to the best summer fiestas in Mexico.” Welcomes new writers. Monthly. Pays on publication. Publishes approximately two months after acceptance. Pays $40-$350. Read more →

EARTH Magazine

“Earth science news magazine.” 25% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Pays on final word count/acceptance. Publishes ms two months after acceptance. Buys exclusive rights. No reprints. Responds within one week. Guidelines online. Pays $0.30/word. Read more →

The Cincinnati Review

“The Cincinnati Review is a literary magazine published biannually out of the University of Cincinnati. Prose and poetry from our pages has appeared in anthologies including Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and others.” 100% Freelance. Welcomes new writers. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3-6 months after acceptance. Guidelines online. Pays: $30/page for poetry, $25/page for prose. Read more →


"America's leading magazine on the art and politics of the cinema" 30% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 10K. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2-3 months after acceptance. Buys first serial rights. Rarely accepts reprints. Responds 3-4 weeks. Guidelines online. Pays: $50-$100. Read more →

Epoch Magazine

“EPOCH magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. In continuous publication since 1947, the magazine is edited by faculty in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell University. EPOCH appears three times per year: in September, January, and May.” Welcomes new writers. Pays on publication. Publishes ms approximately 6 months after acceptance. Buys First Serial Rights. No reprints. Pays $50/poem and up to $150/article. Read more →


“Artzine is an art platform that started as an art gallery and has expanded to include an online magazine specializing in art & culture. Our editorial, The Zine, is an ecosystem that supports and nourishes the arts through giving a voice to creators, and providing a space for creativity to flow in all directions. We are interested in relevant art news told with a twist; groundbreaking, unique art events with a background story, and any interesting content related to the arts world that we feel excited to read about.” Pays on publication. Buys first rights. No reprints. Responds in seven business days. Pays €100 per 1000-word article. Read more →

Bookmarks Magazine

“Bookmarks magazine introduces readers to the ‘best in books’ through consensus-oriented reviews of new books in all genres, classic and contemporary author profiles and interviews, book group and reader picks, and more.” Welcomes new writers. 50% freelance. Publishes ms within one to two issues after acceptance. No reprints. Responds within one week. Guidelines by email to Pays: $30-$400. Read more →

Bear Deluxe Magazine

“The Bear Deluxe Magazine is a semiannual publication looking at place-based themes through a magazine format of journalism, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, poetry, fiction and reviews.” Welcomes new writers. 50% freelance. Biannually. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within three months of acceptance. Buys first rights and online rights for one year. Accepts some reprints. Responds within three months. Pays $0.15/word. Or $75-$400 for fiction and nonfiction, $40 per poem.” Submit query by mail. Read more →

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HYPOCRITICAL MUCH? Amazon bans anti-gun-violence book cover featuring gun…yet sells guitar case to hide your guns in – Whispers and Warnings – 09/19/19

MORE: Parenting book author accused of abandoning "11-year-old" adopted daughter...but is she really 11?; Author accused of plagiarizing AND quoting sources that don't exist?; EU says re-selling ebooks is illegal; Feds sue Snowden over his memoir; Editorial cartoons finding new life online; Google ranking sites featuring syndicated content over original publisher's links?; Librarians are ANGRY about delayed ebook publication by publishers. READ MORE →

Amazon’s rushed delivery drivers have killed people…and Amazon says they’re not at fault?! – Whispers and Warnings for 09/12/19

MORE: Indie bookstores and industry leaders furious at Amazon for violating book embargo (if you don't know what that is, read this!); If you get your morning paper in your undies, you probably do NOT want a free doorbell from Amazon; MSNBC sued for outrageous allegation; "Almost Everything About Goodreads Is Broken;" Politician sues CBS and we're betting that gets thrown out of court. And, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, MISS THIS AWESOME OBITUARY! READ MORE →