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In the traditional publishing model, an editor and/or publisher act as a gatekeeper--letting some stories through the gate to the public, and not others.

In short, this means they decide if a story is good enough to publish.

But their decisions are based on more than that. They consider lots of other factors, for instance:

  • Is this story by a big name author, who will prompt bookstore sales even if the story is mediocre?
  • Have I already bought three werewolf stories this month?
  • Does this story fit the theme of the anthology or tone of the magazine?
  • Do I already have too many 8000 (or 800) word stories on backlog?
In other words, they reject perfectly good stories, stories you would love to read. Prizewinning stories get rejected too, often more than once, before going on to be published elsewhere, and win that award.

And, editors have never been perfect. Sometimes people throw published books across the room, wondering why any editor bothered with them.

In Cyberland, in contrast, you, Reader, are my publisher. You have the power to act as my gatekeeper. You have the power to tell people I’ve never met, when they’re sitting at their computers, bored, looking for something, that this is a good place to visit.

And if you do, I promise to try to make them welcome, and to tell the best story I can in that moment.

Oh, yeah, I should add a disclaimer: If you don't like my work, I recommend you don’t throw your computer across the room. I can offer no warranty, express or implied, as to the repairability of either computer or wall if they are thusly mistreated. Besides, you get an editor's privileges too--you can tell me what you think of my writing. And unlike the wall, I will listen. Also unlike the wall, I will likely comment back.

(Second disclaimer - the dumb computer crashed and I had to retype this. I'm not proofreading now, I wanted to be on the road already; any typos are gratis.)

 

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ysabetwordsmith
Jul. 25th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Wow!
You totally said it. Excuse me while I go tell everyone to come read it.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Thank you. (-:
jolantru
Jul. 25th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Good one!

Not sure if people want to throw their Kindles too... ;)
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I wouldn't recommend that either! Though I would hope Kindles are built to be more resilient than a standard 'puter if dropped, if I had one, I wouldn't want to test the theory.
ladyqkat
Jul. 25th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. As I am in the process of launching the web site for my husband's and my stories, this is the kind of information I need to be certain that this is the right path for us.
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 27th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
You're very welcome.

I feel I am still working on developing a proper understanding of this new mode of publishing. I look forward to hearing about your insights too.
ladyqkat
Jul. 27th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
I knew there was another post I want to link to on my crowdfunding post earlier. Thank you for responding. I go put link on post now.

(Don't mind me, I have been trying to make sure my story posted correctly on its site.)
wyld_dandelyon
Jul. 27th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
You're welcome (again!)

Cool icon.
ladyqkat
Jul. 27th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Got it from who know where when I first started LJ ans did not know enough to keep pertinent things like who made it and where I got it from.

I adore Hallmarks of Felinity on 9 Chickweed Lane.
baronbrutalius
Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I love this post. I've promoted you on my blog, hopefully more readers would come your way. =)
wyld_dandelyon
Oct. 3rd, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm always glad to welcome new readers.
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