I just recieved an email from a lady who writes for a magazine called Prima. She wants to know if she can use my hub about Princess Diana in the mag, she also wants to send a photographer round! argghhh! panic! do I ask her for money for the article? or just hope it brings in readers for my hubs! please help as I have no idea what to do!
Congratulations Nell. Hope you get a big fat check, but if there's no money ask them to put your hp address at the bottom of the article, at least you might get a few viewings.
Hi, thanks yeah will do, but I still need to know whether I am going to make a complete idiot of myself for asking for money!
No you wont make a fool of yourself. Ask straight out, will I be paid.
If you don't ask you might not get.
Prima is a national magazine with a wide readership - and chances are they will have set payment guidelines, depending on how they use your article.
Most magazines like this will have information about the guidelines in the magazine so it may be worth taking a trip down to your local shop and having a browse.
I would ask straight out what they want your article for i.e. is it a piece on you and your article or do they want to reproduce your article and if so under what terms i.e. do they want you to take down the Hub (can't see that they would but you need to know). Then ask what the payment terms are - remember, this isn't some start out magazine, they'll have salaried writers on their staff so they shouldn't expect an article free from you.
Oh ~ and huge congratulations
Congratulations! Let us know a little more, I want to take a look at the magazine. Never hesitate on asking for money, you earned it. She probably expects you to ask anyway. How many writers contribute to magazines for free? Don’t be shy… I think you have a very wonderful opportunity
Hi, I did ask but she said it was a charity thing, the only thing I can do is think of the bigger picture in that maybe it's another tick in the box if I wanted to apply for a job maybe with a newspaper or mag, thanks
at miminum i would ask for a link to your hub profile...
a little blurb about you (eg 10 to 15 words like "Neil Rose is a freelance writer based out of ______. She can be contacted through _____hub profuile link______
otherwise i would say no thanks
Prima is owned by The National Magazine Company, so they can afford to pay and pay well!
Ask them outright about payment and don't let them make you think that they are doing you a favour. The article is your hard work, and is worth whatever value you put on it.
You Don't ASK for money!
I Suggest that You Say to her; "Thank you very much for this mutual opportunity! What are your usual preferred terms in regards to such arrangements?"
This gives you the opportunity to establish a relationship that (as you stated) will be mutually advantageous to both parties over the longer term. If money is involved that person has the opportunity to Offer, rather than be asked!
Consider asking her if they would be prepared to endorse a future article from you on say 'magazine publishing?' - Do you understand what I mean? What is the value of your article, without such an offer? What is the value of having a professional relationship with an industry player? ONLY You can state that Nell! Good Luck... build a nest as opposed to a single egg meal!
Hi, thanks for such great advice, I am just putting my toes in the water, with a bit of luck I can jump soon! lol I hope it works out but if it doesn't at least I have learned so much today, thanks
Hope it all works out for you Nell, and keep us posted?
Hi, my computer crashed, sorry it took so long! typical! evidently it is for a charity donation so there won't be any money in it, but I get to have my photo taken and put in the mag, so that's great! I am looking forward to it, thanks everybody!
Told you your talents wouldn't be blocked for long...congrats Nell!
I too read that article and thought it was beautiful. Congratulations on your work being recognized. You're a Writer therefore you get paid for your work.
What wonderful news - congratulations! You should be paid for your work. I did a quick Google of Prima and pay for writers: the only thing I could find from the front page results was writing contest amounts. It looks like writing contest winners earn about 200 pounds sterling (sorry, don't have the symbol on my keypad). They are approaching you for your article (i.e. not part of a writing contest), so I would venture a guess that the amount should be more than 200 pounds.
I did find this article, suggesting the fee should be from $600-$2000 per article (US Dollars): http://www.freelancewriting.com/article … -rates.php
Hi, evidently there are about 25 of us, and as it is for Diana's charity it is zilch! lol I am not sure if they want my article or just take a bit from it as an example of what Diana was like, we will have to wait and see, thanks for your help though, it will help in the future if I want to try and sell a story or article
If you are contributing this as a result of Diana's charity, you have the right to accept or refuse content, amount of content, and other terms. While they may take the stand that they are doing you a favor, you still own your material. Therefore, you are doing them a favor for allowing them to publish all or a portion. In that regard, protect yourself well and be smart. Make sure your url appears in the article somewhere and if the print a portion of your hub, make sure they have a statement saying to read the full article, go to this link, or some such thing.
Actually, I think it's a bit of a ploy to say it's for Diana's charity. You have the right to ask how these articles and writers will contribute to her charity, and what those specific numbers are. If they can't prove it, then you have the write to inquire what their standard rates of payment are for reprinting all or a portion of any already published article.
Congrats on this great opportunity. Hoping all goes well!
Hi, Daniel, thanks for your help, I am taking all this on board, it has been really helpful. Fiona is going to ring me tomorrow with the terms etc, so I will keep all this in front of me to find out exactly what is going on with the article, thanks
Just wanted to say congratulations and may this be the start of something awesome.
Do let us know when the piece is printed so I can pick up a copy
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