Do you want a query first?
An email query is best, or send no more than 3 sample columns, pasted into separate emails.
How and when do you reply?
We have two fairly standard replies, generally within a couple of weeks.
1.) “Thanks, we got this.” (Translate: we like it and will hold for
consideration for likely inclusion in a future packet.)
2.) Or, “Sorry we’re passing on this one.” (Translate: probably very well written but too similar to another piece we’ve run recently or would overload us in a particular category. )
Can I continue to market my work elsewhere while under consideration at Senior Wire?
Absolutely! We’re taking your work on spec only. Please just let us know if it is picked up elsewhere. If that pub’s circulation competes with any of our clients, we want to be able to let them know. You retain full rights to your work and we encourage you to continue to market it. Please ask any publications you query if they subscribe to the Senior Wire free mailing list. If so, tell them your piece is available there unless we have passed on it. Otherwise go for it and strike your own best deals.
When/how will I get paid?
We create open checks for every author each month. As payment comes in from a publication, we credit your account with your share. The memo line will indicate in which state(s) your work was published.
Will I get tearsheets?
Yes, if they are sent to us from our clients' publications. Tearsheets do not come with your check, if any, for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, some clients are slow pays, so you may get a tearsheet in one of our quarterly tearsheet mailings, but no payment until a couple of months later. Or you may get several checks, but not tearsheets for a couple of months.The good news is you WILL get whatever we get, albeit on what seems like a weird schedule.
How will I know when my piece is used?
Check in each month around the 18th-20th
and click on the “Current Budget” link.
There you will find everything sent out
that month, although keep in mind that
some editors pick up a piece much later
when it suits their needs and space
Do you guarantee my work will get picked up in one or more papers?
We could only do that when the Almighty guarantees the sun will not rise tomorrow. Sorry. But by coming through a respected syndicate such as Senior Wire, you up your chances of having your article read and considered far more than if you come in over the transom. We try our best to send as many different types of columns and styles, so that editors have a wide choice to pick something from Senior Wire. And, of course, we always hope it will be lots of somethings.
How should I send pictures?
Although we can’t pay for photos, they do generally help sales. Please attach or send them in a .jpg file in a separate file.