I received an email (via HubPages) this morning from someone wanting to pay me $200 to publish one of my hubs in a magazine. I haven't heard of the magazine and doing a quick Google search did not produce any results. The author of the email says she manages the magazine and it's published by Reader's Digest Asia. Shouldn't I be able to find something about it online if it's real?
I'm not sure how to handle this...any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Okay, so I went to the Reader's Digest Asia site and searched and found the magazine - apparently it's a new magazine which came out in late 2010. So the magazine seems legit but I'm still not sure if I should go ahead and say yes or not. Is there any reason why I shouldn't??
First of all, well done!
But yes, I would definitely be careful. Ask them plenty of questions: how will you be paid (check, PayPal, etc), when will you be paid, do they plan to print the entirety of your article, will your name be credited as the writer?
Keep us updated!
Congratulations! I would also ask whether you get to keep the rights to your work or would that $200 include the rights.
Great advice - thanks to both of you! This is what the email said regarding the issues you bring up:
"We'll pay a small fee of SGD250 (approx USD200) for publishing the article and also give you the byline (editorial credit)."
I will be sure to ask how payment will be accomplished and about retaining the rights.
I love it when they say $200 is a small fee for an article. Gives me hope that not everyone is willing to offer cut-rate fees.
Okay, so I'm updating...all seems to be legit. Documents from Reader's Digest are forthcoming and I'm working on convincing them to pay me via Paypal rather than bank draft so I don't have to give them my banking info.
She is working on her edited draft right now (she won't be publishing the hub in its entirety) and will send it to me for approval.
She also said that in addition to having my name with the article, she'll also print my url - that's pretty good, right!?
Thanks, Mutiny and Randy!
Randy, the article will be published in a print magazine, not online, so I don't think it will be an issue.
Thanks LR! I thought this was the case. The link should also earn you a nice bonus aside from the payment by the publisher.
I'm curious as to why a magazine that only publishes original content and states that they retain the rights to both print and electronic media would pay for something that has already been published online.
Not trying to put a damper on it but I would definitely be cautious especially if you receive a speedy payment. Most, if not all, print media pay 6 to 8 weeks after publication.
UW - I agree! $200 is definitely not small change to me!
Izzy - thanks!
Livewithrichard - I'm not aware of any of that, but I can tell you that the article of mine that they want to publish will not be in the traditional Reader's Digest - it'll be in a relatively new photography magazine that is published by Reader's Digest in Asia (in English! - go figure). And there was no promise of speedy payment...
That sounds fantastic - very well done to you!
No advice needed, what do you have to lose?
If they had published without asking, would you have known? Not offline you wouldn't!
Therefore, just say yes (subject to them paying by PayPal).
WEll done - you obviously are writing good stuff ! If the payment is an issue tell them to pop it round to my house in Guilin by hand and I will send it on to you via my Paypal !
Well done! $200 is certainly a handsome sum for an article. Congratulations!
wow congratulations .. wouldn't we all like to have a link of that hub...
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