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Jun. 19 2009 - 1:17 pm | 50 views | 3 recommendations | 7 comments

In-flight magazine won’t pay for articles, so to speak

If you’ve ever wondered why in-flight magazines aren’t usually worth reading, let this email exchange shed some light on the industry.

Dear Mr. Koyen,
Good day!
I am a researcher for Eastgate Publishing in the Philippines. We publish Mabuhay, Philippine Airlines’ inflight magazine, and are coming out with a new quarterly travel magazine called Mango later this year. We loved your feature on travel taboos and would like to know if it would be possible to reprint this in Mango.
Thank you very much.

Dear Mr. Koyen,
That sounds great; we are very interested. Would you be amenable to our rate of US$0.15/word? With regards to copyright, we only purchase non-exclusive rights for articles and photos.
Please let me know of any questions or concerns.
Many thanks!

Dear Mr. Koyen,
My sincerest apologies, but I failed to mention that the words “a”, “and”, and “the” are not included in the rate. Would you still be interested in writing this piece for us?

If the emails hadn’t come from Eastgate’s domain name, I would’ve assumed it was a joke.

Eastgate Publishing


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    Jeff: Good writer not need those dumb little words! Stick with big ones, make big bucks.

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    That’s awesome. My favorite recent story is that Sky Magazine is now going to be sold on newsstands. Because people are dying to pay for something they didn’t read when it was free?

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    I always hated that character on SNL. And now he’s got a magazine? Sheesh! (Hi Jeff!)

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