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Set The Fiction Free

So I’m thinking.. no really I can do that, its difficult but if I concentrate and squint just so…

I’m back on the topic of ebooks again or electronic publishing in general. I think its fair to say that ebook publication is generally seen as inferior to “real” paper publishing. Most authors focus their efforts heavily on getting a real book out on the shelves.

Obvious reasons for doing this include the posibility of some monetary reward (however slim) and I imagine, the feeling that they are now a real author. And while I’m always in favor of people being rewarded for their hard work (preferably at someone other than my expense admittedly), I can’t help thinking about all those wasted stories.

Now a lot of those stories may not be very good, but some of them just might be well worth my time. I mean there’s a strong case to be made that the editorial process in place for paper fiction weeds out the weaker stories, but in truth I see plenty of god awful novels in the book stores. Are they as ghastly as some of the fan fiction out there? Well probably not, but not for lack of trying.

And then there’s the established authors who have reached such a point of popularity that apparently their editors aren’t actually allowed to you know edit them. A fact which results in tree sized books wherein nothing actually happens.

Writing books has never really been a money making enterprise (except for the elite few), yet strangely authors remain determined to make money writing. “Don’t post it on the internet because that will count as first publication.” So?

If you’re not going to make a living off writing the story (and you’re almost certainly not), then why care about the monetary value? If you’ve got a story to tell, why not just tell it? Put it out there and make it available for people to read, enjoy, or contemplate.

Why is publishing a story for free on the internet seen as some sort of failure on the part of the author?

Or am I just trying to scam lots of free fiction? ;)

Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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