Originally Posted by Annikate
Perhaps most people who are just starting out. I've been doing this since "paste ups" at a newspaper meant literally cut and paste the paper together.
Things have changed so drastically, I'm feeling my way around this type of writing via stock houses and $8 (even if I continue to earn pennies for hits) seems like a slap in the face to me.
Though I can totally see how useful it is for some people who love to write despite that, and how wonderful that venue is for those just starting.
Now I can handle $15 a pop if it takes a short time to write. I don't care about the rights. I doubt any of what I'm putting out there now I'll want to publish later on. They're not really cutting-edge ingenious ideas if ykwim.
Oh, I totally KWYM. Many of these web-content sites are causing a revolution in the who/what/how of writing. I know that many professional writers are understandably disgruntled with it.
I started out at AC and left for other reasons, not so much the financial ones Money wasn't why I started writing, it was more of a personal thing in the beginning. Tired of just thinking about how to get out a stain or what was for dinner.
But now that I see the difference in being paid by page views vs. being paid by ad-revenue, I won't go back to AC. Based on my profits for the past 4 months, I'll be earning about $16-$20 per article every year (not counting seasonal/time sensitive pieces). I realize it isn't what the print world can offer upfront, but for now I am not interested in pitching to magazines. I also like how easy it is to pop off an article in a short amount of time and immediately start making money on it.
Like I said, early all these sites offer different advantages/disadvantages and writers can pick and choose what features match what they are looking for (publish whatever they want vs. publish in house format, cash upfront vs. money each month) etc.
Oh and when I said most people would say that $8 is a good offer from AC, I didn't mean that most people would think that $8 was a good offer in general. What I meant is, that an $8 offer from AC
is pretty darn good. I think most people are more in the $5 range. Occasionally I have heard of $10 offers, but that seems to be quite rare.