Okay, sorry about the title…I couldn’t resist. 🙂
So here’s the deal: I came up against a minor dilemma last week. It’s not earth-shattering or anything, but it has me thinking.
I’ve begun working on a nature-oriented children’s article and was checking out some magazines I could pitch it to. I found one that I thought would be a pretty good fit, so I went online to check out their submission guidelines. It was all good until I got to the section delineating what the magazine does NOT want to see and what it DOES want to see. That’s when I realized the magazine’s standpoint is about as far opposite of mine as it can get. (I don’t want to get into what the actual standpoints are, because I wouldn’t want to offend anyone. The situation is the same though, whichever side of it you’re on.)
My first reaction was “Dang! It sounded so good.” Then, I wondered why I was so put off. If I decided to pitch the article, if the magazine purchased it — it would be just a job, wouldn’t it? I write, they pay, no problem. Plus, I’m just getting started again. I need clips. Am I willing to compromise my beliefs to get a clip? Is compromise the right word? Maybe that’s going overboard a little. But, how I would feel seeing my name in a magazine that promotes a viewpoint so completely opposite of mine? It gives me a sick feeling to think of it. But geez…a clip would be nice, and in the quest for clips, can I really afford to be choosy?
It’s not like there is anything immoral or illegal about the magazine’s point of view. After all, it’s only a children’s nature magazine — and a good one, I’m sure. It simply promotes something contrary to what I believe. Does it make me intolerant if I choose not pursue that avenue to clips and dollars? Does it make me a hypocrite if I do?
The other day, I shared my thought process with my mom, who I’m sure was mentally rolling her eyes (I am the outlier in the family, and I get a lot of eye-rolling). She thinks I am over-thinking the whole thing and I should just pitch the article.
In my defense, I’m really not agonizing about this. I’m not to a point in the process where I need to worry about anything — the article is not even written yet. But, the situation struck me, and now I’m curious. I’m curious what I will do when the time comes, and I’m curious how others might handle the same kind of thing. So, what do you all think? WWYD — what would YOU do?