There's a big discussion going on at the Rumor Mill
about SFWA's proposed new rate increase to 5 cents/word. I'm not sure how SH will respond to this -- we're discussing it now. But I do think it's sort of funny, that by far the easiest way for us to conform to SFWA's new rate guidelines would be to buy far fewer stories (paying the new rate). We publish 51 stories/year right now (we take a week of for the holidays). I think SFWA just requires that markets publish quarterly (heh, and I'm not sure how many stories they require, if any. I wonder if a magazine could publish one story quarterly and qualify?) -- so we could easily chop a whole bunch of slots from the schedule and still meet SFWA's guidelines. Doesn't seem like it'd be so good for writers, does it?
I'm not actually objecting to a rate increase in principle, btw -- that's what SFWA's for, in some sense, looking out for writers. It's just funny that the most likely consequence of this increase would be to hurt more writers than it helps. Counter-intuitive, I know. Poor SFWA. It's not easy, being the professionalism police.