blog publishing

I have read somewhere, that once you have published your stories or poems online, no publisher will publish them as they are already within the public domain and is considered published work.

As my reader (if you are also a writer) could you please let me know if this truly is a huge problem?  If so, how do you choose what to publish on your blog?  I need some help because I am reluctant to post anymore.

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  1. In the “old days” we submit the work to publishers (gate keepers) who decide according to their own guidelines what’s good and what isn’t worthy. The years of rejection would go on and on and then suddenly, bam, a story gets taken.

    The question of whether to post on blogs or stash your work away comes down to your long-term goals as a writer. Is it important to you to get approval of those who deem your stuff good or bad?

    In the literary world this approach is still underway, because the literary gatekeepers decide who is of literary value and vice versa. If you step outside their process of acceptance and rejection then you could risk being deemed a vanity publisher.

    Nowadays, whether you’re a musician, visual artist, or writer you have the opportunity to take matters into your own hands. There are people everyday who find success by managing their own creative endeavors. We live in a content driven world and the people decide, not the publishers.

    We are no longer spoon-fed thanks to technology. Considering the number of people surfing the worldwide web, it’s no surprise to see DIY people doing so well as artists or entrepreneurs.

    At the end of the day it comes down to what is important to you and your overall goal as a writer. What does your end result look like? Do you want to be accepted by the stiffs in the literary world or do you want people to read your work and decide on their own whether they like it or not.

    The literary world will shun you if you post your own stuff and they will refuse to accept your work. This is true. I have read and heard the same thing and I too have been apprehensive about posting.

    However, I decided recently to shrug off the gatekeeper mentality. It’s seemingly silly to sit on my work while seeing all the people out there who could be reading it and enjoying it. Why would I wait on someone to say, yea that’s good stuff we’ll publish it now—and then two days later, I’m dead.

    I came across this article a couple of years ago,

    http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/05/traditional-vs-self-publishing-is-false.html

    and the author makes some good points regarding self publishing and traditional publishing. It comes down to managing the costs/work of publishing or having someone else do it. Sometimes having someone else do it means following their rules, one of them being don’t publish on blogs before submitting.

    Best of luck,
    RDS

    • Thank you very much. Excellent points, my aim as a writer is to get my work out there and learn from my readers comments on how I can either improve my work, or what they particularly like about the work already done. I just hate the idea that if I am lucky enough to get the attention of an agent or publisher, that they will not be interested in sticking my short stories into an anthology because it’s already published; I decided the other week that I have so many story ideas, that novels aren’t going to be my thing, short stories gets all my ideas out there faster and for me that’s more rewarding than plowing through 150,000 word novel that takes up too much of my time.

      Thanks again for your comments 🙂

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