Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.
Hi. Thanks to Lavie Tidhar, I’ve preordered a copy of UFO.
As the founder of a small publishing company myself, I have a question for you: What are professional rates for science fiction stories these days? And — more importantly for my publishing plans — do you know what the rates are for reprints?
Ben Yehuda Press
First of all, thank you very much for supporting our Kickstarter campaign and pre-ordering the book!
The current pro rates are 5c/word for original fiction (as defined by SFWA.org)
Although there are no “official” pro rates for reprints, pro markets that accept and publish reprints typically pay 1c/word.
There are lots of markets out there that pay less, as well. Anything at 1c+ for original short stories is considered “semi-pro.” Which is to say that there are still not a lot of money in our industry.
If you plan on publishing SF/F related material and have any questions, I’ll be happy to offer my advice and (limited) expertise, should you have any questions.
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