seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Musing on Legitimacy of Professional Publications (New York Journal of Books)...

Recently, on LinkedIn, someone representing the New York Journal of Books ( posted a message looking for SF/F reviewers. Looking at their site, and the way in which they made their request, it appears that they are a fair sized, professional book reviewing/news journal, or at least TRYING to be such. The impression of a professional site was further strengthened when they informed us that they only reviewed books submitted by the publisher and were interested in traditional print, not self-published novels.

Yet when I inquired about the pay rate, they said they didn't pay for reviews.

Am I wrong in thinking that this is utterly unprofessional behavior? If I write an article -- be it a review, an Op-Ed piece, etc. -- for any professional print magazine I know of, I'd be paid for that article.
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