It was another day of Free Money! Which means Highlights for Children sold rights to one of my stories (actually, this time they sold rights to TWO different stories) and sent me a check! I don’t submit to most magazines that take all rights, but I will submit to Highlights (mostly because of the free money thing). Actually, I don’t submit to magazines much at all anymore (I don’t remember the last story I sent to a magazine…must’ve been “Long Distance Grandma,” which was sold to Spider about four years ago and was published a year or so ago.). One reason is because most of them take all rights now. Another reason is selling to magazines isn’t the “instant gratification” it used to be. It can take a just as long (if not longer) to see your work in print when you sell a magazine story as when you sell a book. And sometimes the magazine doesn’t even pay you until they publish the story, either. It just seems like my time is better spent writing other stuff…my own stuff, Boxcar Children books, stuff for educational publishers.
But I don’t know…maybe I should add up just how much I’ve made on reprint rights for some of these stories again…the last time I did this, it was over $2000 per story (one that was originally published in Cricket has made well over $3000). That’s not bad for a short story. At least Highlights sends you a check when they sell reprint rights…with the Cricket story, the check comes from the publisher who wants the story, not from Cricket. I wonder if the Cricket group shares reprint money with authors who sign their new all rights contract?