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Can you find out if Grantland pays its writers?
Anyone want to submit some rates for Grantland?
What about Coffin Factory?
Something I’ve wondered throughout my writing career: why are pay rates such secrets? Why don’t publications put them out in the open?
Huge fan of this Tumblr! Suggestion: include how many articles, on average, writers have had published in a given time period. (i.e. X a week/month at ________.)
Not sure this would be the most useful information, or easy/possible to keep track of; it’s probably more useful if folks submit the year they were paid a particular rate, the type of relationship they had with the publication (cold pitch, longstanding relationship), etc. We’ve certainly been thinking about the issue of context a lot with this project, and we are open to suggestions, but it seems rather difficult to quantify the experience and career “level” of writers. I don’t believe noting the frequency of people’s work is an effective way to do that. Thoughts, writers? -Ed.
A quick question that I hope you can offer guidance on: When do you ask for payment? In a query or during the submission, or not until they have indicated they want your work?
For cold pitches, I usually ask about rates after an editor indicates they want a piece - but before officially accepting the assignment, so there’s still room for negotiation. But I’m guessing different writers have different approaches. It also depends on the nature of your relationship with the editor. Anyone else want to weigh in on this issue? -Ed.