A Note About Us
Hey everyone, Roy here. We recently received a request from a contributor to remove his submission because he feels like the terms and conditions we have outlined aren’t right in some way. I feel the need to address this. What was originally said:
I take issue with your expectation in the updated terms that contributors make effort to market this publication. Right now, you have 7 Twitter followers and 24 Facebook followers. That is a minuscule audience. You are not offering any compensation to contributors, and you are asking us to do your marketing work for you by promoting you to our followers.
Now, what it says in our Terms is that we expect any author getting published in our review to market their place in it the same way they market any of their other author-related things. As a subpoint, our terms also states that we understand we can’t follow everyone all the time, and the promotional part is on an honor system. If you for some reason don’t want to market yourself and your work in our publication, you don’t have to, and nothing bad will happen to you. As an author myself, I understand that there are two types of submitters: those who just want to have their work read and are willing to submit to non-paying markets to help the writing world at large as well as themselves, and those who do a sort of “dump and run” wherein they just hope to get a publication credit without any extra work. At Furtive Dalliance, we’re striving to create a community of the former. We want people that believe in the fabric of the writing community as much as they believe in getting rich off writing itself. If you’re looking for a well-established review with dozens of thousands of followers that’ll skyrocket you to stardom in a flash, we are not it. Having just launched the project in December, we haven’t even put out our first issue yet. We need time and help to build, and those that help us will not be forgotten.
This leads to the next part:
But as a publication just starting out, you’re attempting to make a profit from your journal, which is fine, but contributors whose work you are profiting from won’t even receive a contributor copy. They are expected to get your name out there and help build up your audience so that you can have purchasers for the journal, and they get nothing in return except… a publication credit.
This is blatantly, and upsettingly, false. Section 1 Article 2 clearly states:
As our part of this agreement, we will use payments received from sales of FD to promote your work through internet and other advertisements, to procure high-profile interviews, and to maintain a high-quality publication that everyone deserves. If, at a future date, we find we have excess funds after sufficient marketing, we will use the overflow to pay contributors either a static amount per submission or a complimentary copy of the publication, to be decided on at that time.
Any funds we make from this Review are going straight back into it. We are a true mom-and-pop operation. Everything you see is done by us. I run this website by myself. I customize themes by hand and do all my own graphic design. I hand format all of the Review stuff in InDesign. Every single story and poem is manually inserted and adjusted by me. The web hosting, domain, SSL certificate, and all marketing and promotional materials (stickers and bookmarks among some of the things planned) are paid for out of pocket by the two of us. We don’t receive any outside help aside from donations, of which we haven’t gotten any (yet). A lot of Reviews, especially those run out of colleges, get a lot of extra funding from the school, programs like clmp, and others. We also hope to utilize the great tools clmp has to offer, but we don’t qualify yet. We truly hope to reach a level that we can pay our contributors a decent amount for the work they submit, and when we do, we plan on adding a clause that will have us pay extra to contributors who were previously accepted during this time of building and are accepted for publication again. For now we’re bearing the brunt of this on our own, and we can’t even begin to show our gratitude for those that are willing to help us get on our feet.
We said from the beginning that we plan on running this outfit with as much love and transparency as possible, and we will stick to that promise. For those of you out there that have been submitting and following us on social media so far, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.