This is a rant in a way. It really is. There are so many of these around who on closer inspection only have a gmail email account with no page of whom a writer is dealing with. Okay there some prestigious publications where you can give them your work for free, but at least let it have a bio of the staff involved and if possible a snail or ‘brick and mortar’ address.
There is nothing stopping me from starting a magazine – a domain name, some web space and a snazzy publishing template – so I can pretend to be a publisher or magazine.
This differs for self-publishers do it so it looks as if they are published by publisher, but that’s mainly a branding issue and so their work will be taken seriously.
Seriously, if I published under Shitiville Inc, I’m probably going to sell more copies of my book than if I just self published. I’m too lazy to do that but it’s worth it if you is going to be serious about it. For some reason buyers will have more confident in the finished product and all you really need is a web domain (some publishers don’t even have this and use free ones) and a decent web site plus email.
You can even pretend to have a submissions page which is pretty standard and put – submissions are closed for now since you deal with a very small clientèle.
However I digress. I’m not talking about a writer getting ahead in the game, I’m talking of all these online magazines which start then go down when the people don’t have the time.
If you are sending your work for someone else to publish for FREE, do some investigation into it unless you just like the thought, then that is fine too.