Writers have always, and will always be at the bottom of the art pile. Sure, you hear of the success stories like J.K. Rowling, E L James, Stephen King et al, but too the many of us, we write for the enjoyment of giving a story a few readers.
Writers never make the headlines for writing great stories, but the actors who play in those stories are splashed across the papers. When was the last time a writer got a multi-million dollar contract?
My experiences. Before I go further, I will sate for the last three years I have tried about 70 various sites to get a writing job for an on line magazine, and come to a few conclusions.
The cost. Most of these jobs will ask you to pay about $100 for material, before you see a nickel. So, before you start you're already $100 down, and at $0.50 a page, that is a hell out of writing to do to break even. Oh! Don't don't forget, that is assuming you get your article published.
A degree. If you are to get off the first page of the application form, a degree is vital.
Best case scenario.You will be paid about $0.50 a page to do cheap publicity for a multi-dollar firm.
Why? I ask myself that question, these people pay thousands of dollars a month for professionally trained advertising. So, why put out for some unknown writers to publicise their goods?
Answer. Because by paying you a tiny fee, they hope your network will boost their profile. What do you get? If you're lucky a flat fee of about $2.50 per article.
Efiction magazine. About a year ago, I approached this magazine, with the intention of attempting to MY work published. At the time I had a high on line profile, so, the editor decided. Rather than put my work in the magazine, he would get me to do some publicity for the magazine -- no mention of my work going in -- the fee? For every 100 people I got to join, I would get $1. What a con.
Albedo One. In short, avoid this magazine unless you can prove you're Irish, or have Irish relatives. They rarely publish non-Irish writers.
Abandoned Towers. This Vancouver based magazine was the only magazine to take a serious interest in my award winning book Chronicles of Mark Johnson -- now not for sale. Until. a lady who said she would edit the stories for me, did the dirty, and left me out to dry. I was later contacted by the magazine, not as a writer, for slush reading. In other words, I review other writers work, with no chance of mine being published.
Worst case scenario. You get a job writing for some Asian on line magazine, whose 'editor' -- I hate to use this term -- as I know some good/ qualified editors, has no idea what he/she is doing. They appear to have gained their qualification -- if any -- from Bangalore University. In this case, the University is some back water establishment, which requires a % success rate to maintain its status. I have read some atrocious work from people degrees, including a 25 line paragraph, with no breaks/punctuation.
Page setting. The front page of your website is what people judge you on. Most of these Asian sites have no idea how to set a page up. This includes no proof reading, bad grammar, incorrect word breaks and disturbingly bad centring for articles. In short, if you go on here, you will only damage your reputation.Payment? Perhaps $1 for 10 pages.