My submissions in the past several years have all been to MRG, mostly because I know they will use it while I still remember doing it! In the past they paid the same per page as did MR and RMC, but for my last article in the March 2005 issue, I only received $60.00 per page, down from the previous $80.00. When I inquired why the reduction, Randy told me it was due to the decline in circulation.CSX_road_slug said:I did eventually gey my "author" certificate once Randy Lee published an ore boat article of mine in Model Railroading. I waited 15 months to see it in print - pretty quick turnaround from what I've learned!
I did send an article to RMC at the same time (first of this year) because the model was based upon a prototype article they did many years ago. Had to hound Bill Schaumburg several times to see if he was interested in the material, and finally did get an OK from him. Now the wait begins.
So my article in the March MRG was only sent 3 months previously; in the past when I was more prolific, I'd had similar fast use of it. I suspect its because they have a lot fewer submissions. Both MRG and RMC pay upon publication.
Anyone notice that a good many of the articles and photos in MR these days are by Lou Sassi and Paul Dolkos? I know MR assigns Lou to photograph layouts, and I think Paul does them too. But their own personal layouts, nice as they are, keep popping up all over the place, even in Trackside Photos and in the annuals too. There doesn't seem to be much space for other modelers. Even the Model of the Month and Along the Line back page features have been discontinued.
Kalmbach's Fine Scale Modeler usually runs two or more pages of photos of readers' models every issue, its too bad MR couldn't do the same with a revised Trackside Photos.
I've more or less given up on submitting to MR.