Re: Can somebody tell me if it’s official?

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Hello all! It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve posted, but I’ve been busy writing (and reading about writing). I’ve recently been submitting queries to various magazines and have recently had an article accepted by ‘Impact’ magazine, but I don’t want to get too excited yet until I know it’s official.

Here is the (abbreviated) correspondence:

I sent a query in June. A few weeks later I was asked to send the whole piece.

So I did. Here’s how it went:

Editor: Thank you, Heather, it’s what I’m looking for. Could you shape it into 650 words and add a winter element and get it to me by August 1?

Me: Yes, of course.

And so I sent him the newly shaped manuscript.

About six weeks later…

Editor: Heather, it’s exacty what I’m looking for. Great job. Thanks.

Me: Great. I’m glad you like it. What’s the next step?

Editor: I’ll copy-edit, send you any changes, and then publish it in November’s issue.

Does this mean it’s official? And if it is, will there be some sort of contract? How will I know how much I’m getting paid (on the Writer’s Market site it says .25 per word, is it safe to assume that is what I’ll get paid? And do I get paid AFTER it’s published?

I’ll eventually ask him these questions myself, but before I do, I thought I’d check in here to see if I’m missing something that I should already know. I don’t know the ropes when it comes to this. Can anyone help? I’d be very grateful.

Thank you!