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warrenellis - how transparent do you intend to be about things like sales numbers and payment figures?
ScottS . . . since I've been reading this thread I went out yesterday and bought Weird Tales
warrenellis - As Neil says, it'll always be harder to get those stories. But worth it.
warrenellis - See, I think that's a fine thing for new writers -- gives them a good-looking publication to hand to other editors and publishers as an introduction. That may, of course, not exactly be what your intention was...!
How does $436.43 compare with what I could get for the story on the open market? Actually, very well. The story is about 7,400 words long, so in a week of shareware release, I’ve been paid 5.9 cents a word, which is right in line with what the “Big Three” science fiction magazines pay: my Writer’s Market has Analog at 6 cents/word, Asimov at 5 cents/word, and Fantasy & Science Fiction at 5 to 9 cents/word. And consider that the story is still on the market — that is, that people continue to be able to find it, read it and pay for it. It’s not unreasonable to assume more people will read it and pay for it as time goes on — probably not as much or as regularly as in this first week, when I’ve drawn attention to it. But from the point of view of whether or not I’d make what I’m make sending it to the print magazines, everything else from this point is gravy.(It’s not as much as I’d make for at least a few online sites, interestingly: Subterranean Online and Baen’s Universe pay substantially more than 6 cents/word, which is a fact I think is occasionally overlooked. But it’s true! Look it up, people.)
. . . why current payment success may not be an indicator of future performance, or why this experiment might not be repeatable with others:1. This site is heavily trafficked and thus is its own good marketing, which is an advantage others might not have;2. People who might pitch in for a first story are not guaranteed to pitch in for a second story (or if they do, they not pay as much);3. The fact that half of the money netted after service charges will go to charity may have caused people to pay more than they might otherwise.