I don’t do these sorts of posts often, but I will now. As an aspiring writer in the spec fic genre, I like to keep an eye out for oppurtunites, and the other one on our collective reputation. So, to the point:
According to this little publisher, we’re worth about $.002 a word. At a rate of 1000 words an hour, and not including revision and editing, our time appears to be worth $2.00 and hour. It’s good to know that the fast food employees aren’t at the bottom of the totem pole. I’m sure Mr. Scalzi has done a much better job of expressing the insult uttered so casually here.
Of course, maybe I shouldn’t talk. I work as an editor for a non-paying e-zine market. At least BMP is paying something, here. But then, the e-zine I work for is a free one. No cost to download and read and the staff puts up all necessary time and money ourselves. BMP sells their mags for $9.95 on CreateSpace. And their rejection rate is much higher as well. Anyway, I’m sure you’re all capable of making your own decision.