I am comfortable asking readers to pay to be entertained. The same way that I pay to be entertained. (I'm also a reader.) If they find my stories entertaining, I hope they will pay for them (rather than pirate them). If they don't, I certainly don't want anyone to spend money for something they don't want to read. I hope they even use the return function on Amazon if my stories really aren't good enough for them.It tells me that you're comfortable asking readers to pay you so that you can get better.
That was very well put, Mary!!MaryMcDonald said:As far as standards...um...I think the fear is, whose standards? Chuck Wendig's? Yours? Mine? I can tell you right now, if my self=published books have to jump through some kind of hoops, then I should be able to call for the traditional published to jump through hoops too--maybe hoops set up by indie publishing. I can tell you right now that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter would have tripped going through the hoop I'd set. Dumbest book ever and poorly written to boot. And yet, traditional publishing hyped it and made it a bestseller! I want to check to see where the publishers keep their smoke and mirrors.