Patrick S. McGinnity wrote:Coming up through the academic/literary journal side of things, 90% of my pubs were not "sales" per se.*
*Unless, that is, the following scenario is also a sale:
A neighbor is making pies. He asks me for some flour to complete the recipe. When the pies are done, I get a slice of one. Did I just sell him a cup of flour?
I got offered 15$ on Paypal once and told them to reinvest it in the mag as I didn't then have a Paypal account. I did get paid $280 to write a pamphlet for a methadone clinic, though that doesn't really count.
I want to revise my scenario:
Again, a neighbor is making pies, only this time we've never met, though we both dig pastries. He issues a call for flour, and I send him my cup, wait several months, and then learn that my cup of flour was almost,
but not quite, right for his pies. I submit it to another pie maker I've never met and get lucky: she can use it! Several months more pass, and then, when the pies are done, I get sent a slice of one. I offer to share the pie with everyone I know, but no one is quite as excited as I am. Undeterred, I go back to grinding meal.
And George, yes, you do have significantly more to show for your writing than I do. Bravo! There was one contest when I was an undergrad, but I haven't entered any contests that charge a fee (which most seem to do these days) in a long time. All the more reason to be grateful to WOTF, even if we never win.