Because, you know, SFWA.
First, Cory Doctorow praises the SFWA Grievance Committee (“Griefcom”) for helping him get paid for work. The details of the story are over there, but this is a relevant quote:
Many people ask what the point of SFWA is; I’m guilty of wondering this at times myself. But here is something that SFWA does really well: back up individual writers with the collective might of the organization and the tenacity of its volunteers. I can’t thank Michael [Capobianoco] and John [E Johnson III] and Griefcom enough.
Hey, it’s no small thing helping people get paid.
Speaking of getting paid for one’s work, here’s an interesting interview with M.E. Ray, the editor of Redstone Science Fiction, an upcoming online magazine. During the course of the interview Ray discusses why he made sure that his upcoming magazine paid SFWA-recognized professional rates from the get go — basically, because he and his co-founder wanted to be taken seriously as a venue and to attract the best work.
This is of course thinking I approve of highly, and not only for the sake of the writers involved. The fact is that if you’re serious about your work and your success, you invest and you make choices for the long-term. I hope it pays off for them.