With so many horror anthologies becoming incestuous; and several publishers are now noting in their submission guidelines that their friends are getting first shot a new publishing phenomenon is beginning to rear its head.
'Kickstarter' the shamelessly new way to public pan handle is becoming extremely popular. Here people pledge money for your artistic project or home repair, etc. and you get a chance to live out your dream on the dime of someone else.
Sounds a lot like the current Welfare state that our President has changed for us in America.
I am sent inquiries two to three times a week to hand over my dollars to help a new or in some cases established publisher I ignore most. I recently had a case where I was told directly that if I didn't pay in I wouldn't be published.
Today I was told there is no room for my submission because all their friends had responded but I was still expected to pay into Kickstarter for the good of the project.
Why? Because people know I have a day job and I'm not just the proverbial writer these days who sits in their mother's basement expounding on Facebook as to their importance to literature. Their are guys in their forties doing this.
I told the publisher to grow up and pay for their own projects themselves. They want stories fine, but I am tired of people putting the bite in me.
Never pay to play.
If anyone wants the name of the publisher and project send me your email.