Anyone familiar with this blog knows that I have extremely mixed feelings about the print-on-demand magazine industry. On the one hand, it provides an outlet for creative people to do some amazing work with no financial outlay. On the other hand, that very lack of required financial commitment has created some rather callous attitudes among people who now claim the title of “editor”.
One recurring statement from these editors drives me particularly crazy, that they do not give “free” magazines to contributors. And yes, they usually do put the word ‘free’ in quotes, whether for emphasis or irony I’m not sure. In one distinctly memorable case, a magazine’s submission guidelines stated quite emphatically “we do NOT give out free magazines, so DON’T ASK”. This is the attitude I have a problem with.