Why Editors on This Site Deserve to Get Paid

Features That Would Change the Publication Game

Holly Lyn Walrath
Write Weird
Published in
7 min readJul 20, 2021

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It’s Not Just Hanging Out WIth Your Cat, Photo by João Jesus from Pexels

I recently went through my list of publications that I’m a writer for on this site and deleted all the defunct publications. There were probably 20 that hadn’t published any articles since 2020, or even as far back as 2018.

It got me thinking: Why do so many publications die?

The dedication that it takes to run a publication is vast. It’s not that complicated on the surface, but a lot of work goes into it that most writers who don’t have a publication of their own don’t understand.

Several publications recently closed due to the shuttering of funding. With the closure of publications like PSILY and Chalkboard, it has some editors blaming writers for the struggles editors face.

I don’t think that writers are to blame. In the end, writers are just trying to get ahead like the rest of us. Instead, I think the issue is the model for publications.

Publications on this site are broken because they’re forced to make readers pay or play. The tools to edit articles are clunky. There’s no way to communicate with writers on-site. And the biggest problem: Editor burnout is HIGH.

I run two successful publications on this site:

Interstellar Flight Magazine

They serve two different purposes for me. Interstellar Flight Magazine is an offshoot of Interstellar Flight Press, my indie press that publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. I wanted IFP’s magazine to be fun, light-hearted, and focus on marginalized voices. It’s part review site, part blog, and part pop culture commentary.

I chose this site as a blog format because it gave writers the *option* to earn additional money on their writing by utilizing the paywall. But most of our writers choose to make their articles free to read. We’ve only had a few articles over the time we’ve been publishing that have been behind the paywall.

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Holly Lyn Walrath
Write Weird

I'm a writer, editor, publisher, and poet. I write about writing. Find me online at www.hlwalrath.com or on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath!