One difference in our setup is that they don’t have to make up their advance. Traditionally, a book writer wouldn’t get a dime—I know this, because I wrote a book and I didn’t get a dime—until they make up their advance. In our case, we actually want the writer, from the first day, to be getting money. Partly so we can make this argument to readers that the money that they are paying is not going to some publishing executive, it’s actually going to a writer who has two kids and lives in Portland, Oregon, and just loves doing these stories.

I would imagine this is a very popular system with your freelancers. Have you been inundated with submissions since you launched?

I have, yeah. If there’s a word that’s stronger than “inundated,” that’s what I am.

Well in that case, I won’t keep you any longer…

Can you please make sure to tell people—because I’ve been a freelancer for ten years, and I hate when I pitch a place and never hear back, and now I’m doing that to other people—I’ve got piles and piles of pitches and I can’t even respond to them, but I’m really, really trying as hard as I can to get back to everyone.

Will do.

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner