1. It’s very difficult with anything that an individual creates to know when enough is enough and to be able to let go of it as it can be such a personal journey. I get the same problem when I’m programming and producing art work.

    “All of a sudden your fan base gets hostile and words like ‘sell-out’ and ‘mainstream’ get thrown in your face. I’d rather avoid that if I can.” – I hate that people do this. If a fan truly likes your work they should be willing to pay for it and just appreciate the freebies they previously had. Too many people talk like they should be getting things for free (like they are owed something), but it takes a lot of time and effort to produce the content for them and you still need to make a living. I find it quite upsetting that people can’t understand the effort put into whatever it is you’re doing. Also, if you have more money to support yourself surly you will also have more time and resources to write better content for fans anyway.

    In my opinion e-readers sound as if they have opened up a new possibility for writers and maybe you should give it a go and see what happens. I have purchased books through Amazon myself that were written by novices and very much enjoyed them, (they are also cheap to buy.) 99 cents for a short story sounds pretty good to me. Good luck on becoming a professional writer!!!

    • xamotdb

      My only beef with E-Books has been proprietary file formats. Same reason I don’t like Apple’s business model. If I buy a Kindle, but Barnes and Noble is offering a better deal on a book I want, I don’t like not having that option. They are getting better now that some read .pdfs, but it’s still something I don’t care for. I’m also very old-fashioned. I love the smell of books, especially old books. I have over 800 books in my personal library, and it just wouldn’t be the same for me if they were all digital.

      Thanks for the support though, I’ll let you all know when I hear back from this last magazine.

  2. “Never tell a young person that something cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that thing.” – John Andrew Holmes

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