I had a bit of a guilt trip earlier this evening after watching a news feature on TV about the exploitation of interns, particularly in the media industries. I began to wonder if the reason my regular magazine contributors have disappeared off the scene a bit recently is due to them feeling exploited. Paranoia has officially set in.
I remember when I was writing for an online magazine about a year ago and not being paid. I did it because I enjoyed it and loved the fantasy of being a little Carrie Bradshaw writing my little articles on relationships. But then when I was chosen to be a paid contributor and I committed myself to writing five articles a week at £3 a pop. I started to feel resentful which dried up my creativity, and soon gave it up.
I don’t offer any form of payment to my contributors at A-MUSE Magazine, simply because the magazine doesn’t make any money to give. I edit and run the magazine without being paid because its my baby and I love it, and I hope that contributing writers love to write and are submitting their work with that in mind, and not feeling like they are being used. My intentions for A-MUSE was always for it to be a collaborative creative space, and I am upfront about that from the outset. But I can’t help wondering where my lovely contributors have gone…
Of course people have busy lives, me included. I am aware that a week is a much longer time to A-MUSE than it is to them. I guess I will just have to focus on trying to fill the gaps myself for a while until I get some new writers on board.
Oh if only I had funding… or a cloning device, and I could clone a nice little teams of me’s!