So, this thread comes up about once a week and since it’s been a week since the last topic with a name like this I figured it would be a good time to restart this topic with some serious questions.
There are, as evidenced here, people interested in gaining help with their e-zines, e-media, game sites. Some folks are willing to pay, while others are looking for free help.
Now, I know there are a ton of professional’s here, and I would never openly ask for you or your peers to get into a salary contest, so I’m not. I’m trying to ask, for the sake of those who do not know, like myself, what would be acceptable rates for smaller sites.
I’ve asked some of the peers I know what they afford to offer their writers for reviews, previews, and interviews and what terms they offer. It’s all over the place. There does not seem to be any standard. Then some of the writers I have spoken to, look for anywhere between .75US to 1.25US or more for word.
For smaller sites, they can not afford to offer “print rates” for internet publishing. Then you have folks who come here, looking for writers, and while they mean well, they just don’t know. This discussion also came up on another UK game site with a similar community base as here.
So, the question.
For covering MMO games on internet sites, what are acceptable rates and who would they be acceptable for?
Previews which average 500-700 words which are just a summary of the game information presented.
First Look which averages 600 to 900 words, which is the impressions given from hands-on testing within game.
Review which averages 1000 to 1500 words and/or multiple parts from the retail release of a game.
One site which covers MMO games offers a flat rate of $50.00US per article, be it preview, first look, or review.
One site which covers MMO games offers a word rate of .25US to .50US per word but will not allow more than 1000 words.
And one site offers between .05 and .10 per word up to a max of 200 words with the higher rate for writers who have done more than 5 consistent articles.
Then there are a couple of sites which offer a base monthly flat rate up to $300.00US which expect three to five articles a month which consist of either a combination of previews, interviews, first looks and 1 review (mandatory) of 1000 to 2000 words.
Now out of the folks I talked to, there were tons of conflicitng points and reasons for each doing it the way they did. If you pay for word, some writers will just fluff up the word count. With a flat rate, the writer actually loses out short-term but can gain more profit long term with a steady source of pocket money.
So, as professionals here, and for future folks that come around that are ignorant (I don’t mean that in a derogatory manner, not rude/not stupid, just don’t know), what are acceptable rates?
Understanding that this would be for smaller websites which at most may get a million readers a month give-or-take, as compared to the larger sites which have advertising revenue for 10s of millions of readers what would a common ground be?
I understand folks get what they pay for and for quality it costs more, or the more known the writer is, the higher salary rate is expected (be it word count/flat rate).
What should a word count be?
What should a flat rate be?
What should be total words per article (first look, preview, review).