Wednesday, 2 February 2011

What does 'we pay on publication' actually mean?

This post is intended as a discussion topic.

Some magazines, for instance Take A Break, state that they pay writers on publication, as included in their writers' guidelines copied here. Now, it's been a while since I submitted anything to any womag, so I don't have recent personal experience of how quickly or otherwise TAB are getting payments out, but I have heard that lately they are frequently not paying writers until two months after publication.

I understand about month-end payments processing, but what I've heard is that TAB seem unable to state when a writer will be paid for any given story. Surely any company should be able to get a decent payments system in place, so that cheques are printed or payment credited to accounts on regular dates. Is it too much to expect that you should get your money by the end of the month in which your story was published? That gives Bauer four weeks to pay writers, as Fiction Feast comes out at the beginning of each month.

Another issue writers have with TAB payments, is that they have to guess how much they are likely to get for each story. TAB pay by the page, and until the magazine layout is finalised they can't say what you'll be paid. Lucky you if they decide to use lots of pictures and spread your story across more pages, but it's annoying for writers who rely on payments from magazines, and are unable to budget because not only do they not know when they'll be paid, they don't know how much they'll get either!

Have you had problems getting paid by TAB, or indeed any magazine? Let's air our grievances here on this blog. Remember, I accept anonymous comments, so please don't go worrying you'll be blacklisted for speaking out, though of course you should always be professional and courteous as you don't know who might be reading this.

In fact, worrying about blacklisting is a daft attitude to have. I know we all feel we are barely worthy to lick the stiletto heels of fiction editors, but actually the relationship is a symbiotic one. You know those birds which sit on hippos' backs? The hippos tolerate the birds because they get their hides kept free of insects and bugs. The birds get an easy lunch.

Fiction magazines would not survive without fiction to publish, therefore fiction editors would be out of a job without writers. To ensure they get the type and quality of stories they want, they have to pay for the stories they publish. We earn that money, we have the right to be paid on time, and we should most certainly chase payment if it is not forthcoming. Don't undervalue yourselves!

So come on, have your say, all comments welcome.

46 comments:

Patsy said...

With my last acceptance by TAB I had a longish wait for the story to be used, but I got paid quickly once it did appear.

Simon Whaley said...

It's been a while since I submitted a story to TAB but in the past I've always been paid promptly after publication. On the non-fiction side though I am experiencing many more late payers, with money owed for articles published last October.

Anonymous said...

While I agree in principle with all that you say, in particular of course the parts about writers being paid promptly/treated properly, I have to disagree about the symbiotic relationship.

Although in a universal sense this is true, as an individual writer, I'm afraid I feel that the editors can do quite well without any one of us. Take for example, My Weekly, who decided to only accept submissions from writers they had published before, and then only one a month. Has the quality of what they've published suffered because of it? Possibly, but I doubt anyone has noticed. Have they missed out on some excellent stories? Almost certainly, but do they care?
Might a writer end up in the position of being blacklisted by editors if they complain too much about delays, payment etc? Depends on the editor, I would say. Most of then seem very nice, reasonable people, (if not always terribly efficient) but personally I wouldn't take the risk. So, yes, I will politely chase, but I will never complain or be too harsh.
Much as I hate to say it, they can do without me far more easily than I can do without them!

Markets are few and far between. There are lots of other writers, many of whom would be happy just to be published regardless of payment, (hence the increasing number of low or non-paying markets) and this gives the editors the power to choose who they work with and to reduce payments for the stories they do choose, if they want to. Is it fair? No, especially not to those who rely on the income for a living. Is it going to change? I doubt it.

Geraldine Ryan said...

"Might a writer end up in the position of being blacklisted by editors if they complain too much about delays, payment etc? Depends on the editor, I would say. Most of then seem very nice, reasonable people, (if not always terribly efficient) but personally I wouldn't take the risk."

Could I please knock this myth on the head once and for all. SInce we are specifically talking about Bauer magazines, Norah McGrath specifically asked me in an email to let it be known that no blacklisting would ever occur if people complained about late payment.

You MUST complain when you aren't paid. It's your money, surely, and you have been promised it. Not to complain is spineless and has led to the situation we are now in, which is that we don't know when to expect our money and even how much to expect, as Womag states.

Anonymous said...

"There are lots of other writers, many of whom would be happy just to be published regardless of payment, (hence the increasing number of low or non-paying markets) and this gives the editors the power to choose who they work with and to reduce payments for the stories they do choose, if they want to. Is it fair? No, especially not to those who rely on the income for a living. Is it going to change? I doubt it."

I suggest it might very well change if there were such a thing as a womagwriters' union. Individuals feel impotent but there is strength in unity. Thanks for posting, Womag! This situation with Bauer Publishing is well due for an airing.

Gail Crane said...

Anonymous said
"There are lots of other writers, many of whom would be happy just to be published regardless of payment, (hence the increasing number of low or non-paying markets) and this gives the editors the power to choose who they work with and to reduce payments for the stories they do choose,"

I have to agree with Anon. We writers would be lost without the editors but there are always plenty more to take our place.

Anonymous said...

Geraldine,

I do agree with what you say. Of course we must insist on the payments we are due and I'm sure the majority of editors would not take this the wrong way. In no way was I suggesting that lack of or late payment should be let go and not mentioned, as that would indeed be spineless and also rather silly!
As I said above, I will always chase, but will also take care to be polite about it, partly because I think it's the best way to be in business and partly because of 'just in case this is the one editor who isn't nice and reasonable and may take umbrage.'
I have also always found Norah to be perfectly reasonable when issues are raised with her.

To other Anonymous, I would love to belong to a womag union! Not sure how it would work, but would love to hear any suggestions.

Anonymous said...

Although staff at individual magazines are lovely, I've never had a good experience with HBauer's accounts department. Everything I've ever had published by them has caused headaches when it comes to being paid - fiction and non-fiction. I sometimes wonder if they delay payments because of cash flow, as I know some large organisiations do these days.

Anonymous said...

It's likely Bauer wants the money in their own accounts for as long as possible to gain interest payments (however slight).

Norah has nothing to do with the accounts department and is only passing on messages to them. It's clearly not her fault if payments are delayed. Late payments must be as much of a headache to her (extra work) as they are to everybody else.

I'm currently waiting for a payment from last months FF.
I've waited over 30 days now. My usual experience with Bauer is that they pay whenever they feel like it.

I might try an email directly to accounts this time and see what response I get.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered if a private (not found by Google etc) forum for womag writers would be a good idea.

Geraldine Ryan said...

I too have waited thirty days. Good luck if you contact accounts. Everyone blames everyone else. And Norah always says that enquiries about payment must go through her, though she never seems to be very willing to say why there is always a delay - just that it will get better now Accounts have moved to Peterborough. It never does.

Diane said...

According to statute (i.e. UK law), payment should legally be made 30 days after delivery unless previously agreed by both parties. Of course, it's a buyers' market in the short fiction world and basically, if it's known they pay on publication, then they pay on publication. However, if that is their policy, payment should be made (according to statute) within (that's WITHIN, not AFTER) 30 days of publication. Sadly, this statute can only be enforced if an invoice has been raised, and if we don't know how much we're going to get, we can't raise that invoice. But if we do know, as soon as we have that publication date, we are legally within our right to issue an invoice for payment with a 30day due date.

If payment is received after the due date, we are also entitled, by statute, to raise additional invoices for late payment compensation AND interest. If they fail to pay, we can legally take them to the small claims court.

But we're afraid to rock the boat.

We don't need a womag union, we just need to all pull together and do the same thing. And raising invoices in this way with legal due dates, and chasing payment when it's late (politely - there's no need to be rude at all) - shows that we are professional and serious and should be treated with respect.

But people are afraid to exercise their statutory right in this way, and so the magazines that get away with it continue to get away with it.

On to blacklisting, in my experience, the editorial department do not control payment. They usually have a finance department for that, and more than once I've been in actual dispute with a finance department while still enjoying a very good relationship with my editor - for fiction and for non-fiction. It's happening now. I've really locked horns with the people that pay my bills at one major client of mine, but the editor has just given me 7 more assignments.

Most writers that write for TAB know what the page rate is. So once the story is published, you can calculate for yourself how much you're owed. If you haven't already raised an invoice, do one now, at your calculation, with a 30 day due date. If every TAB writer that reads this blog does that, TAB might get the message.

Good luck! :o)

Bernadette said...

I always knew you were powerful, womag, but still...

I've just received a remittance advice for a story that appeared in the TABFF issue published on 6 Jan which states that payment should be in my account 2 days from today.

Never mind blacklisting by editors, Bauer clearly don't want to be blacklisted by YOU! :)

womagwriter said...

You see, I light the touch paper then run away and do my day-job...

I'm so glad to see this topic is being fully discussed. Thank you everyone!

Geri - I think I will write another post in a few days and quote what Norah says about blacklisting being a myth, as this is SO important.


Anon at 08:53 and Gail - you are right, there are always plenty more writers. But don't forget, if an editor has bought a story from you then you are one of the elite, one of the favoured few who are providing the magazine with exactly the sort of story they want. So it IS in the editor's interest to keep YOU happy, rather than start again with a new writer, and Liz Smith's policy at My Weekly bears this out.

Diane - thank you for your long and well-informed comment, and I fully agree with what you say. I feel another post coming on advising people to raise invoices, will discuss this with one or two other writers first...

Helen - hee hee!! Well, this blog's widely read so might as well make use of that!

Karen said...

Trouble is I'm so grateful anyone wants to publish my stories I never think about querying!

Having said that I did take issue (nicely) with a magazine abroad when I still hadn't been paid six months and several polite emails after two of my stories had been published. It was sorted out in the end, but I didn't enjoy being in that position. When I worked for a big company they had people to do the chasing up!

Anonymous said...

"Take for example, My Weekly, who decided to only accept submissions from writers they had published before, and then only one a month."

Just to go back to the point raised above about 'My weekly' and the possibility of people power. I was so disgusted at My Weekly's decision to only accept submissions from writers they had bought stories from in the past that I stopped buying their magazine completely.

After all as a writer what's the point in researching a magazine if you have no chance of ever being published in it?

One woman in my writing group, who had her first publication with My Weekly, felt so disappointed in them and the fact they were closing the door on new writers that she also made the decision not to buy MW or submit to them any longer.

One of the things we do as a writing group is analyse stories together. However, out of a group of 20 none of us buy My Weekly any longer, concentrating on the other womags and putting our money their way instead!

Did this have a huge effect on My Weekly's overall sales figures? Probably not. But if more people did the same then I think magazines would treat their writers better and perhaps respect them as much as we try to respect their guidelines and readerships when writing stories for them.

Anonymous said...

No-one will argue that writers do deserve to be paid in a timely manner, but the fact remains that some mags do have better systems than others, and even the best of them can still have payment hiccups at times.

The nature of freelance writing means that payment will always be an issue. I could sit at my desk five days a week for a month and have no idea whether anything I write will end up in a sale. If mortgage, bills school fees etc. need to be paid, then freelance writing is one of the riskiest occupations to have. So if I'm going to stress over when I'm going to be paid for my writing because a bill is due, then I think I'm in the wrong business.

Again, would I wish all mags paid promptly, of course. But I also have a plan B in case they don't.

Another Anon Awaiting Payment.

Lynne Hackles said...

A friend of mine has had a story accepted by My Weekly. It's her first. She sent it in, regardless of the guidelines and rules which she'd never read. So a first time writer, using single quote marks, indentations and the story genre not written on the envelope gets a yes.

Anonymous said...

It’s a buyer’s market and I personally wouldn’t bar a particular market like My Weekly just because they’ve restricted their subs to people who have already had a story published, but then, I can’t afford to be fussy. I particularly like the way I can email subs to Liz because it saves on postage. What I don’t like is not knowing if a story has been mentally declined immediately, or just filed to one side as a possible. When the 6 months is up, can I sub it elsewhere? I like being paid on acceptance because PF bought a story months and months ago and haven’t used it yet, but if FF pay on publication, then I have to accept it as part of the agreement.

My first payment from FF/TAB was a few days late. I was expecting to be paid when the issue came out, then realised it would be at the end of the month, got a notification of when I would be paid, but it wasn’t in the account by then, and I started fretting… had I supplied the wrong bank details and someone else been paid my money? Had Bauer not received my signed copy of the FBSR sheet? Had they forgotten to pay me altogether? Was I going to discover it had all been a horrible mistake and I hadn’t even sold the story? (My overactive imagination!) I was fretting, partly because the money had already been allocated in my household budget. It’s stressful. But I dare say it’s as stressful as Norah who probably gets emails from anxious writers as well as having to read through so many submissions. If the Accounts Department are tardy with our payments, perhaps they’re tardy with everyone’s. Late payment reflects badly on a company and makes you wonder how buoyant they are; it’s surprisingly unprofessional. If we knew exactly when we were going to be paid and it happened as promised, it would be far better for Norah as well as us.

At least with a discussion like this people who are new to being published in FF/TAB know it happens to lots of people, not just them—and that’s reassuring. Sort of.

Emma Darwin said...

I don't write for the womags, but I know lots of women who do.

For what it's worth, this the wording recommended by the Socity of Authors, to go on the bottom of your invoice:

"Payment is due within 30 days of invoice date. Statutory interest will be charged on overdue payments (Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 as amended and supplemented by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002). The statutory administrative fee will be charged on overdue payments (Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002: Section 5A)."

And still so many writers don't chase. A few thoughts:

1) can you get details for the finance department, and chase direct? It's so often not the editor's fault, and then you needn't feel you're nagging her

2) Even if it's a mag where the editor raises the invoice for you, maybe you should send an invoice direct. Then you can put that wording on it, and accounts can't pretend they didn't know exactly what you expect.

3) Magazines expect to be chased by typesetters, illustrators, photographers, printers, distributors... and they still send each other bottles of whisky at Christmas. Why should we be different? It's business, not personal; it's called credit control. Our mistake is to think it's like chasing a friend for money they owe us. If they want your stories, they want your stories, if they don't, they don't, and some polite but not-giving-up emails and phone calls from you won't change that, any more than they'll stop giving a good printer work because they've had the credit control department phone.

4) But some people find it extraordinarily difficult (for which read, underneath, terrifying) to hold on to their sense of what they deserve - e.g. payment for work they've done. It goes much deeper than spineless, I think, though I think it's quite common to be fine about asserting yourself in some parts of life and hopeless in others. Dare I suggest that more women feel like this than men do? If you've ever had someone in your life who makes you feel "I know I'm right but I just can't stand up to her/him," then you'll know what I mean.

It's rooted in terror of not being 'nice', of being thought a nuisance, in fear of confrontation, which comes down a really fundamental, wired-from-infancy fear of rejection; the sense that you're only valued and loved conditionally, as long as you're nice and good and don't cause trouble. Holding out for what you're entitled to - being a nuisance - in the teeth of the fear that you'll be discarded, is extraordinarily frightening.

As adults we rationalise our terror of being not-nice. Instead of saying what we hardly even know we're thinking - "If I get grumpy they won't love me any more, and I need them to love me," instead we say, "If I get grumpy they won't buy my work any more", "It's not the right moment", "I really get on with the editor and don't want to spoil that," and ALL the other reasons we find for not holding out for what we know we're entitled to; all the reasons for being nice, instead of being worth it.

By not chasing you're holding on to the safety of "being a nice person", of not-being-rejected, of being valued. Just a pity you can only buy that safety by working for free... And you certainly aren't valued more by a magazine for working for free. Always supposing they notice at all.

Anonymous said...

I write full-time and sell regularly to most of the UK and some of the foreign mags.
My preferred market is TAB as they pay well but my submissions to them have all but dried up as I can't afford to wait months and months for payment. I prefer to sub to My Weekly etc and be paid on acceptance very promptly.
I've found TAB pay after publication - if your story is in the issue cover dated Feb 2011 then you will be paid on 28th March.
What I'd really like to see is payment on acceptance. I've nearly 60 stories 'out there' at any one time and I've already waited months and months to hear by the time an acceptance comes through. To then wait another long time for actual payment is mad.
I think My Weekly's stories are much improved now.
Liz has purely made the decision to restrict subs to known authors as she is so short staffed.
Fiction eds do have the upper hand - take a look at Amanda Brittany's excellent blog with a list of how many UK short story writers there are. Mind-blowing.

Emma Darwin said...

It occurs to me that editors could do more to explain how their company's payment system works; I'm sure there are problems caused by us just not understanding when the month's cheque-run is, and so on. But I gather that some editors are chary of sending you directly to Accounts - or maybe Accounts tell them not to. Maybe there's a conversation to be had along the lines of:

"They're overdue again, and I hate having to nag you, because it's not you causing the problem. Could you tell me who I should be talking to?"

And if she really won't say, then you ring the switchboard and ask them...

Anonymous said...

I'd like to compare TAB/FF's track record to Woman's Weekly. I had a story accepted on 17 Jan, sent the invoice the same day. The cheque arrived this morning.

Why can't Bauer run things this way? I would like to send my own invoice. I'd like to know what I was being paid and not be fobbed off with - oh, well, we don't know till the pictures have been taken - and I'd like to be paid on acceptance.

I would also like someone from Bauer to come on here and explain why they are so bad at paying people.

Anonymous said...

Emma Darwin’s remarks re being “worth it” have struck a chord. We get so used to our work being rejected, especially early on, that an acceptance is greeted with relief and a feeling of disbelief, because to be optimistic is to open our emotions up to a scouring disappointment next time our work is declined. Perhaps we suffer from “Battered (Rejected) Writer Syndrome” where we undervalue our worth. Maybe with good reason because there’s always another writer nipping on our heels.

Oddly enough, I had a similar thought to Emma’s re the editors coming here and explaining the way they work, except I was thinking that it would be helpful if Liz clarified how they work at My Weekly, this since I am in a quandary over my subs which have been at My Weekly for a long time now. Womagwriter’s blog is so well used that it would make sense for the editors to do this because I think it would be mutually beneficial.


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Jan Jones said...

Well now, this is odd, because my recent TAB story was paid well over a month before publication, but they didn't know which issue it would be in, so I had to do a quick flick through the mag each week before I eventually found it and bought several copies.

Bernadette said...

TaB pay on, or shortly after, acceptance for the weekly mag stories - it's Fiction Feast that is pay on publication.

Anonymous said...

Ee TAB, has that changed then? I had to wait until publication.

Bernadette said...

I don't know if it's changed. That's what I was told a while (= a few years) back. I haven't sold one to the weekly mag for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Bernadette, things have been going steadily downhill at TAB/FF for the past couple of years, I think. If you've not published recently then quoting something you were told a few years back doesn't add much to the discussion, with respect. We were all told they pay on publication but experience has proven otherwise, apart from the one lucky person who got paid in advance.

Bernadette said...

Sorry if that wasn't helpful. To be more specific, I last sold a story for the weekly mag about eighteen months ago. I wasn't paid for a couple of months so I contacted Norah and checked that payment for the weekly mag was still supposed to be on acceptance. She said that it was, apologised and I was paid very soon afterwards.

I have no reason to believe that this POLICY has changed, although am willing to be corrected if others know differently. How well the policy is implemented is a different matter.

The policy for payment for Fiction Feast has at least for the last four years been on publication.

Frances Garrood said...

I think several comments have hit the nail on the head. Many of us who are published feel lucky; there are scores of people who have never been publlished, and we are aware of that. And because we feel lucky, we also tend to feel grateful, and therefore we somehow feel we owe it to the mags to be nice to them. We don't, of course. The mags need good fiction, and writers need to be assertive. After all, in other professions, people don't hang around waiting to be paid, so why should (and do) we?

By the way, does anyone have an agent? That helps!

womagwriter said...

Firstly, let me apologise for my last comment saying 'Helen - hee hee' when it was Bernadette's post I was referring to. Doh.

I think the discussion about My Weekly's policy to accept only one sub a month and only from writers they've previously published (and the lucky few who chance their arm and sneak past the guards at the gate - well done Lynne's friend!) is another topic so I won't comment on it here.

Thank you all for your contributions, especially Emma for a lovely post on being worth it. I've been thinking about this all day and I do believe that writers really should and MUST chase late payments. And as Diane says earlier, the law is that payment is due within 30 days of delivery. TABFF are already pushing it by paying on publication rather than acceptance (because the goods, ie the story, is delivered at acceptance time not publication time) but I guess we have to put up with that because of the uncertainty as to how much you'll be paid depending on pages used. But in my mind, to then pay 2 months after publication is late. It's well over the 30 days.

Anon 13:02 said: 'if your story is in the issue cover dated Feb 2011 then you will be paid on 28th March.' Because the Feb 2011 issue comes out at the beginning of the month (or even the month before?) that's still a 2 month wait for payment.

Some people have wondered if fiction editors or other staff at the mags should be invited to come on this blog and explain things. Well as you all know, I welcome comments on this blog from everyone, and would be more than happy to hear from anyone at any of the magazines. I know some fiction editors do read this blog regularly. However I'm not going to email them and ask them explicitly to comment. If they want to do so, then great, but I'm not going to put them on the spot. If they're reading this blog then they'll get a good idea of what the womag-writing community feel about this issue, and if they want to pass it on to the accounts department then they can do so. But although the editors are God-like to us, they may not have much clout in the accounts department anyway! By the way, I love Emma's suggested wording of a query: "They're overdue again, and I hate having to nag you, because it's not you causing the problem. Could you tell me who I should be talking to?"

Chase overdue payment, please - you MUST! and by overdue I mean more than 30 days from either acceptance or publication, depending on what the magazine's payment policy is. But chase politely and professionally.

Anonymous said...

I think I might go to my local supermarket and tell them I am buying their food but will only pay for it when I eat it. ;)

Anonymous said...

I've also been paid before publication for the weekly TAB (with no problems) but after publication for Fiction Feast (with occasional problems), but haven't had any in the weekly for over a year or so, so not sure if that has changed.

I've never had any qualms about asking editors about problems with payment, and found all of them have always been helpful.

AAAP

Anonymous said...

Received my remittance notice this morning from FF.

The story was published Jan 2nd.

That's pretty good for FF. I expected to be waiting for at least another two weeks.

Anonymous said...

From Elaine Everest

Can I pass on a little tip? When you send your invoice to the editor of the magazine cc it to the accounts department. If you are unsure of their email address ring and ask. Then, if payment is slow chase accounts and not the editor. Most accounts staff will follow up any query and speed up your payment. I did this recently after a TWN payment didn't arrive. The lady in accounts rang me back within minutes and the payment was in my account three days later.

Anonymous said...

Elaine, you haven't been following this thread! Your tip is worthless. WE DO NOT GET INVOICES!!!!! We have to go through the fiction editor - Norah McGrath. If we try to go to accounts we get asked the invoice number and how much the payment is for. WE DO NOT KNOW EITHER!!!!!

Diane said...

I think Elaine has followed the thread quite admirably. We're suggesting we do submit invoices from now on, if we haven't already, and Elaine is reminding us to cc it to accounts. No-one is stopping us sending an invoice, with an invoice number on, once our story has been published and we know how many pages it has taken up.

Geraldine Ryan said...

Thank you, Bauer. My payment has landed!

Good idea, Elaine. I'll be doing that from now on. Should I ever sell any more stories, that is!

womagwriter said...

Anon at 22:13 - we talked earlier in this thread about being polite and professional at all times. This is only a blog and not a communication to anyone that matters, but I don't think the tone of your comment was either polite or professional.

Diane - thank you, and I agree - I think submitting an invoice once you know what you're owed, whether you are invited to are not, can't hurt and may very well help matters, as you suggest.

womagwriter said...

See also
http://mistakeswritersmake.blogspot.com/2011/02/mistake-no-40-not-chasing-your-dues.html for a related post on chasing payment.

Anonymous said...

From Elaine Everest
Thank you for your polite reply ANONYMOUS!
I was following this thread and with interest.
Can I point out that as a person earning an income from your writing I'd advise you to issue an invoice for every piece of work you sell regardless of whether it is required by the publication or not. If you had generated an invoice and sent it when the story was commissioned you would have had something to query that was dated and had your terms on the bottom.
When it comes to self assessment time it is so much easier to add up your turnover for the year if every commission has a corresponding invoice.

Anonymous said...

From Elaine Everest

Womagwriter, would it be too much to ask if anonymous contributors could name themselves? I'm sure it cannot be one person making so many posts on this interesting thread?
I always make a point of disclosing myself here (that sounds rude!) as I have problems with the Google account but wish to make a valid comment with my name attached.

womagwriter said...

Hi Elaine

I've always allowed anonymous comments because I like commenters to feel comfortable to say what they want to without feeling in any danger of being 'blacklisted' (as we were talking about earlier in this very thread) as a result. I know some magazine fiction editors read this blog on occasion.

It'd be nice if people provide a name but I'm not going to change the settings to force them to - it's up to them.

However, anonymous or not, all commenters should ensure their comments are always politely expressed.

Geoff said...

Does anyone know how long TABFF payments are taking at the moment? I had a story in the November issue (the one that comes out in October, oddly) and wondered when I could go shopping for that shiny new laptop!

womagwriter said...

Hi Geoff

You should get your cheque through fairly soon now. TABFF pay on publication, which actually means the whenever the accounts run happens after publication - could be end of the month.