[Warning: all animated GIFs in this post have been replaced with sarcasm.]
I’ve been having a good run so far, averaging about one publication a month in the world of flash fiction. As expected, a few people have asked if they can read it. When they do (and it doesn’t happen often), I point them to my list of pubs.
Sometimes I get reactions like this:
My web browser is having problems. Email me that piece and I’ll read it.
But I don’t want to create a free account on Platform for Prose. Can’t you just send your story to me?
Your Lazy-ass Pal
Or even this:
What? I have to buy a subscription to Saturday Night Reader to read your stuff? No way. Send me the PDF.
Dear Dipshit, Lazy-ass Pal, and Cheapskate,
I regret to inform you I will not be sending along my writing for your reading pleasure. Please find my reasons below.
A) Since you can’t figure out how to navigate a website, you probably won’t figure out how to navigate my story.
B) If it’s too much trouble for you to set up a free account, I fear that reading a two-page bit of flash might do you serious damage.
C) When the nice folks at Publication X pay me cold, hard cash for my writing, what makes you think I’m going to cheat them out of their well-deserved income?
That is all,
Bottom line? I work hard to put my writing out there, and the people who accept it work hard reading, editing, formatting, and publishing. They deserve their web traffic and, when applicable, their subscription income.
Thanks for understanding.