Before Dave Eggers founded McSweeney’s and became the hipster idol of literature, it turns out he worked for Salon.com. The association still stands. Yesterday, McSweeney’s and Salon.com announced a content partnership through which Salon.com will run stories and other content from all of McSweeney’s publications, including the Quarterly, The Believer, and the books.
Here’s what Salon.com says about the deal: “We’re, frankly, thrilled about this. McSweeney’s was founded as a literary journal back in 1998 by Dave Eggers, not long after his stint as an editor at a very young Salon.com (an association Salon has — and always will — brag relentlessly about).”
This is doubtlessly great exposure for McSweeney’s and its writers, but on Twitter, Edward Champion (@drmabuse) asks the very relevant question as to whether McSweeney’s writers will be paid if their work appears on Salon.com. We’ve sent McSweeney’s a note and we’ll report back.