Wednesday, July 13, 2005

A casual observation

Browsing about the Strange Horizons site, I found two very interesting pages in their Writer's Guidelines: Stories We See Too Often and Horror Stories We See Too Often. Sad to see that some of these tired out old war-horse ideas are still being rewritten and resubmitted, but I guess it's the nature of the trade. "Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts."

Of more immediate interest to me personally was learning that Strange Horizons pays 5-cents per word, and thus meets the SFWA definition of being a professional market. A nickel a word is what Asimov's was paying 25 years ago. Aside from say, Apprentice Harpsichord Maker, is there any other profession that still pays what it paid 25 years ago?