Let Us Buy You Coffee
(Note: This post was originally published on March 1, 2016, but has been updated on December 4, 2016 to reflect current policy.)
From the start, I intended that should this blog ever make money, I'd want to pay our writers. As someone who wants to write and get paid for it myself, I've always placed value on compensation for someone's work, especially given that today's media-driven world places very little value on the written word.
This blog still doesn't make any money. Perhaps it never will, I don't know. My hope has been and will continue to be that readers are able to relate a little part of their own experiences within the stories of challenges, confusion, and celebrations of post-grad life shared by our writers here. And that's more important to me than a profit.
With that said, we're going to start offering a few paid-writer spots, because the time, thought, effort, and vulnerability that our writers have put into sharing their stories month after month is something that should be compensated with more than a simple “thank you.” This blog wouldn’t exist without the commitment of our writers; That First Year is truly a communal effort of individuals willing to share honest reflections on the trials and victories that come along with life as a new college graduate.
Moving forward, each month we will offer a limited number of paid spots for original, unpublished pieces. It will hardly pay the bills, but $10 will buy you two cups of coffee, and that’s enough for two solid sessions of writing in a coffee shop (or the price of a margarita, your choice). One day, I hope to be able to pay our writers an amount that is equal to the actual value of the time and effort that goes into writing a solid piece.
We’re always looking for writers. So let us buy you coffee. If interested, please visit our submissions page.
And if you dig That First Year, help us pay writers more and pay more writers by purchasing our e-book.