I suggested an online kids' magazine.
Her response: "But they don't pay, do they?"
My fingers stopped dead in their tracks. Pay? Well, no, but...but...
But if they publish it, you'll see your name in print. You'll be able to blog about your article just like this. You'll have clips to send, credits to mention. In short, lots of bragging to do. Seeing my name in print means everything to me.
But not, apparently, to several people in my (I sooo love you guys) phenomenal critique group. The crux of the issue seems to be this:
If you don't get paid for a piece of writing, is it still a validation of you as a writer?
If you don't get paid for a piece, does it demean the piece itself?
Few magazines can pay big bucks for articles or stories. Outside the Highlights / Bug Mags market, the potential payment lies in double digits. Is $10 that much different than $0?
What are your thoughts? What makes you feel validated as a writer?