Finding the Right Publication for You
ęCheryl Wright – All Rights Reserved
I recently answered a call for submissions
to write articles for a newsletter. This was to be an ongoing position, but
the advertisement didn’t mention remuneration, article length, or turnaround
I contacted the person who posted the
article and asked questions about these issues.
What I got back was an open email telling
me - and every other writer who contacted him - what the aim of the
publication was (to have articles written for a dating magazine), but apart
from saying they would require articles twice a week, my questions were not
So I wrote back, again asking specific
questions. I received another email, and again my questions were not
answered. The person concerned did however say he was taking ‘quotes’ and
would take the cheapest one.
But I still didn’t know what he wanted. So
I wrote again, this time withdrawing my interest.
What I received back was a very nasty
email from the person saying I was ‘too quick to judge’. In this final email
from him, he finally mentioned that he was looking for someone skilled, but
wanted the cheapest price he could get.
Call me stubborn, even call me stupid, but
I wrote back and told him what I thought – in the nicest possible way. I let
him know that taking the cheapest quote was not necessarily the best option.
That if he needed or wanted an experienced newsletter writer, then lowest
price shouldn’t come into the equation. My twelve plus years of experience
in this area could have proven more valuable to him than securing someone at
the cheapest rate he could lay his hands on.
He wrote back and agreed. By this time it
was too late. I’d had several emails back and forth with this ‘editor’ over
a period of less than thirty minutes. During that time he had been elusive,
arrogant, and downright rude.
After the second email with him I’d
decided not to pursue this position, even though it was ongoing work. It
came through loud and clear that he was not only inexperienced (which is not
necessarily a bad thing), but he had no respect whatsoever for the writers
he was dealing with.
At no time did he disclose the name of the
magazine, whether it was a print magazine or for the internet, and how young
or old the publication was. These are all important issues for writers, and
of course, if the publication was internet based, it makes a huge difference
to the length of articles to be produced.
I’ve only once before come across
something like this, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. If our first,
second, or even third encounter with an editor is not particularly good,
then what will your subsequent dealings be like?
I’ve worked with loads of editors over the
years, but only two have been unprofessional like this. The majority of
editors are easy to work with, very trustworthy, and treat writers with
respect. If they don’t, then my friend, you have a problem.
Writers are the bread and butter of
publications. Without us, there would be no magazine, or website, or
whatever it is they’re producing.
Go with your gut; if things don’t feel
right, forget it. Run a mile. And don’t look back.