Charging for Access
Online Literary Magazine

Most people are interested in having more money in their bank accounts. It's perhaps natural that one thing people consider is charging money for access to their online literary magazines. After alll, they put in many hours of effort to do the layout, recruitment, creation and other work involved in putting together the magazine. They are paying the hosting bills, which can be substantial for a high traffic site. Should they not get some sort of benefit in return?

The key here is that the vast majority of the web is FREE. People can get quality poetry, short stories, fiction and non fiction all over the web without paying a penny. The moment you begin charging, you are going to lose a giant chunk of your audience. Search engines probably won't be able to index your content because you have it hidden from general sight. This again means a very few people are going to be able to find what you've done. You could be losing 1,000 times the traffic you should, or more, very easily.

You might go with a tiered approach - offer a basic version for free, and charge for a more complex version. So perhaps offer the HTML version for free and charge a small fee for the prettier PDF version. You can also of course always charge for a print version. With a print version there is mailing and postage and printing costs which are fairly obvious to any end user. Very few people would expect you to put something into the mail for them for no charge at all.

Still, this is a testy emotional issue for many people. I would start out free, to build a readership, and then segue into a partial payment system so that people who get a print version or a PDF version are charged a small fee for that ability.

Also keep in mind that if you're not paying your authors - but you're making money from their efforts - that this leaves a bad feeling in their mouth.

Online Literary Magazines

Publishing Your Own Online Literary Magazine
Publishing Basics
Getting an ISSN
Focusing on a Genre
Attracting Writers
Choosing a Schedule
Online Design Ideas
Print and PDF Considerations
Printing a Paper Copy
Charging for Access
Running Ads in your Review
Paying your Writers
Types of Submissions to Accept
Legal Issues
Finding Traffic
Enjoy your Creation