problems when the creditors are trying to take your servers.
Indeed. My experience with the Ruby Code & Style webzine is that it
is quite challenging to get a publication up and running. I have to
believe the difficulties are compounded when trying to sell
subscriptions & advertising while offering writers a fixed fee for
material. There are numerous variables that all need to balance for the
venture to succeed.
Ruby Code & Style has taken a different approach. It’s free to read,
with revenue (so far) derived from advertising. And author payments are
based on what we have in reserve, not what we hope to get.
The down side, of course, is that initially there were no funds for the
writers (or editors, for that matter). Nonetheless, we had outstanding
submissions from respected members of the Ruby community. This helped
get the magazine off the ground, and drew enough eyeballs to attract the
interest of advertisers. I’m happy to say that we can now begin
offering payment for new material.
The current rate is $100.00 for new material (visit the site to get an
idea of the typical length). My hopes, of course, are that the zine
grows and attracts greater advertising and sponsorship, allowing us to
offer more to the writers. The plan is follow a self-sustaining
process, to never have to rely on creditors.
I wish Red Letter all success, but I also want to remind everyone that
Ruby Code & Style is here, now, and looking for readers and writers.
It’s driven by and for the Ruby community, and depends on your
involvement; if you are interested in writing for us, please let me know
 Ruby Code & Style: http://www.artima.com/rubycs/
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