One reader of this blog left the following questions under a recent post, and I thought it might be worth having an open discussion about these points, so I've copied her comment here:
What are your views about the length of time taken by mags to respond? Not that one can do anything about it except stop sending. Six months seems unfair and unreasonable. So does the delay in payments once accepted. How would editorial staff like to wait months for their salaries?
Six months is a long time to wait for a response. It's even longer to wait for a non-response (I particularly hate My Weekly's policy of not sending rejection notifications and just telling you to assume it's a rejection if no news for six months). To be fair, some magazines do respond much quicker than that.
And the delay in payments is irritating. You end up spending valuable writing time chasing payment. At the moment Take A Break seem a bit behind - I'm awaiting payment for one and have heard of other writers who are also owed for several stories.
So, come on, what do you all think? Let's have a rant and a moan. You never know who might be reading this. This blog allows anonymous coments so feel free to make full use of that facility!