It seems like more and more, magazines and publishers are trying to get writers to give away their work so the companies can make tons of money. It’s always been a problem–it was common for me to run across a magazine that said “We don’t pay, but we’ll give you exposure.”
It screams that they don’t think the writer is all that important.
And this morning, I saw something along this line that floored me.
It was a workshop being given by an editor of a publishing company. And the headline advertising it was along the lines of: “Books become best sellers because of the editor.”
Nowhere in there is the writer who created the story and learned the skills to make a good story.
Nowhere in there is that even an editor can’t turn a horrendously bad book into a best seller.
Nowhere in there is that without a writer to provide a story, the editor wouldn’t have a job.
And we’re not all that important, hmm?