I understand where you're coming from. Thanks for emailing me - lots wouldn't bother to write.
Here's the deal with Ripe Magazine:
We only publish BC-based photographers and writers-- Ripe is a showcase of the talent here in BC.
We started Ripe Magazine because BC-based writers and photographers need more work, and to get more work we need to give them more exposure.
We take the work they submit, we put it together in a magazine highlight contributors' contact info, and we promote the magazine to:
-art galleries & communities
-ad & design agencies
We put new work in front of people who can give them more work.
I have paid out of my pocket for 3 years to promote the talent in BC, and the whole Ripe team is volunteer-based. No one makes any money except the photographers and writers who land gigs as a result of the exposure we provide.
But it is a business - we need to cover costs. We charge a baby price ($10) to the contributors, and charge for advertising within the magazine.
That's our business practice.
There are other promotional books out there - Capic does one, and Luxbook come to mind - they charge more than $1000 to be in there.
This project is a labour of love, and i'm proud of what we do, and i hope i've changed your mind.