That doesn’t work for poetry. Very few publications will pay you, even quite a few established, name publications. I have published quite a few poems in them and always got paid in hassle and honor. That’s just how poetry works. I accept it.

But if I wrote non-fiction prose, articles, etc., I wouldn’t do it for free unless I was just starting out. Too much effort.

I think the sheer volume of free writing on the Internet has destroyed the market. Publications/platforms now assume you will be happy to write for free. That’s wrong.


Honorary Schizophrenic. Recent refugee. Displaced person. Old white male. Confidant of cassowaries.

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