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Do any programming magazines accept contributions and pay the authors for them? If so, what magazines are these, or how can I go about finding them?

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This question seems off-topic since it's both asking to build a list of magazines (and we discourage list questions) and it's not really about a conceptual issue related to software development. Still, I can see how answers could be useful to developers, so I'm just gonna leave this comment here and see if there's support for my take on it. –  Anna Lear Aug 23 '11 at 5:14
Anna, yeah, according to the FAQ, this results in a list-type answers. But this is my question too. Please provide guidance so that we can edit the question to make it on-topic. :) –  Saeed Neamati Aug 23 '11 at 5:16
Yes, it's off topic. But i never close-vote before breakfast, so maybe some people get enough time to sneak in some answers. @Horacio, did you try emailing some magazines and simply ask? –  thorsten müller Aug 23 '11 at 5:34
@thorsten müller Yes, I'm waiting for some answers but all are magazines who doesn't offer any info about writing for them. That's why I decided to ask the question and see if some members has done something similar. –  Horacio Nuñez Aug 23 '11 at 5:42
@Anna Lear thanks for give it a try –  Horacio Nuñez Aug 23 '11 at 5:47
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I was paid $300 dollars for an article in Cocoa Magazine (which is, obviously, about Mac and iPhone development). I've also written books, and the advance is about $9000 depending on the publisher (pragmatic famously give 0 advance but 50% royalties). Writing about tech is not something I do to get rich ;-).

I've also tech reviewed books, you're looking at a handful of dollars per page (so maybe $1000 in total). It's less work than writing: you have to ensure you can run all of the code, that the discussion is accurate and logical, and that the content is consistent with the author's suggestion of the target market.

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$9000 for a book? They make hundreds of thousands of dollars from international books about computer programming. –  Saeed Neamati Aug 23 '11 at 9:30
@Saeed in the long tail, yes. Books like Code Complete or the GoF patterns book. Actually for most tech books you're doing stellar if you sell 2,000 copies. –  user4051 Aug 23 '11 at 9:49
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I know that some sites pay for it. For example Think Vitamin may pay, or Tuts+ (from Envato) pays for video trainings.

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I haven't been paid for magazine articles per-se, but typically writing jobs pay less per hour than pumping gas, working retail or picking up refuse. You won't make nearly as much as you do writing code. That said, it definitely has some intangible value -- getting your name out there isn't at all bad.

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What programming magazines to you read and subscribe to? Probably any of those would if you were able to work to their editorial standard. No harm in contacting them regarding submissions at any rate.

Of course, if you don't read or subscribe to any programming magazines you might be approaching the nub of this question - niche on-paper publishing ( what I take you to mean by "magazines" ) is so close to dead that if you want to write you would be much better going for something online in terms of chances of getting your work visible and noticed, but then there is even less chance of getting paid for it. The money involved is so trivial compared with, for example, contracting for the same amount of time it takes to write an article, that you're going to be doing this for love at any rate, so the money will be very much secondary.

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There are some services out there that will allow you to find magazines that are accepting submissions and determine if they will pay. There are a few examples from Freelance Writers and Markets Plus.

Of course, the best solution would be to find websites and magazines that you read, go to their contact or about pages, and see if they have submission guidelines. If they accept submissions, there should be something that discusses publication rights, copyright, and payment matters.

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Good starting points @Thomas. +1 –  Saeed Neamati Aug 23 '11 at 17:39
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