Previously, I had mentioned that one of the best freelancer resources on the web is through Ralan.com. If you haven’t checked out this site, I highly recommend that you do so in short order. Ralan offers a wealth of information on genre (and even some non-genre) places that request submissions. Even if you aren’t in a position to sell right now, it serves as an up-to-date, accurate guidebook to assessing what rates are for different publications.
I am pleased to announce that not only did Ralan agree to an interview, he was kind enough to be patient with us as we launched the redesign of Flames Rising.
Please give Ralan the attention he deserves; the information he offers on his site is “free” and he survives on the support of others but he is, what I would consider, the true spirit of a writing community.
Ralan Conley Interview from Ralan.com
While you’re at it, feel free to enter the Flames Rising Favorite Horror Game Fan Contest to win prizes from a dozen plus publishers!
Depending upon what market you’re involved in, markets pay different rates based on their distribution and sales. Writing for one magazine could earn you up to $2.50 a word; publishing the same piece in another, lesser-known magazine could pay you anywhere from 5 to 15 cents a word. Higher rates usually mean higher competition, so make sure you do your homework through places like Writer’s Market Online or check out submission guidelines and payment terms on other places like Ralan’s List before you waste your time submitting to something you don’t feel is worth the effort.
There are several publishers, agents, and other folk out there who claim to “get you published” if you pay them “x” amount of dollars. Writer Beware! As a creator, money is always supposed to flow toward the writer—not the other way around. So use your common sense; if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you’re still interested, it can’t hurt to do a little more checking to see whether or not that business is on the up-and-up. Regardless, you should never have to pay someone else for the work you do.