While I’ll get back to the subject of submitting to publications at some point, my process and finding places which are looking for things like the ones I’ve written and all, this is actually a call for help on the subject of the Submittable web service.
A number of publications whose guidelines I’ve looked at recently accept submissions through this service (and only through this service, which I guess makes sense if you’re going to shell out the cash to open an account.)
This last bit is the source of my quandary: as a submitter, do I have to pay? If so, why? For me, at any rate, paying for a service which will allow me to submit to journals and ezines and such which a) may or may not accept my work and b) may or may not pay me even if they do accept my work and which c) may also charge another fee on top of the cost of my ‘subscription’ to cover their subscription simply isn’t worth it.
Maybe I’m being especially sensitive due to my poor employment status and everyone’s just used to getting nicked for little fees like $10 a month( the lowest subscription tier- allegedly when they started, one could sign up as an indy magazine or whatever and get in free. I find no link or reference to this now, and only found this info on a third-party review of the site.)
Every article and tidbit I’ve seen about this site is a rave, but I don’t see the appeal for the submitter, the writer. Some try to talk about saving postage and paper, but I submit strictly by email or e-form on the pub’s site. There’s only one market I might break this rule for, since they’re still living in the 19th century and take only snail mail submissions, but I don’t think I’m up to sending to them yet, anyway.
So, I guess the second part of my query is this: does anyone use this service and is it free for submitters through some secret-knock and a password given through the tiny sliding window in the back alley entrance where they also serve bootleg whiskey?