To be honest, Rog, I'm not sure there's any real need for FC to have an ISSN & barcode.
I think you're probably right as we don't have a distributor. But I do remember this subject being touched on around the time of FC 1, so it seems fair to go ahead and get a number which could be printed in future issues.
A great problem now is the blurring of that distinction: 'pretty good/very good'
I was looking around different workshops on the net a year or so ago, and I believe my idea of what was required in fiction now - meaning standards of writing or the kind of stories people wanted to see - definitely became distorted. I think the net can make it easy to convince people that a new storyteller is an important one. Take this site for instance: welcometotheasylum.org/
I don't know whether 'J S Chancellor' is a great writer or not. She might be. She intends bringing out an anthology and a novel is about to be published. Her blog posts are good. Some people say they like her writing. That's what I know about that writer.
No time to finish this post. Had to spend the day out and now I'm off again....
I'm getting confused now. Breanne Braddy contacted me regarding this website. She seems an intelligent and erudite person.
She basically said that this was not self publication but various writers were in an anthology and the publication was due to the response of those who read the blog (that's off the top of my head)
Don't get me wrong, Craig. My first reaction to the 'J S Chancellor' website was that it appeared very professional, very impressive. J S Chancellor is a pseudonym (it's no secret, it's stated somewhere in the website). All I was saying was that it's often difficult to work out how much is 'image' on the internet.
Post by Craig Herbertson on Jun 17, 2010 8:28:29 GMT
'it's often difficult to work out how much is 'image' on the internet'
Absolutely true. In music it used to be really clear: labels signed bands, they were the good ones. Others may have been good but they didn't quite make the cut therefore they disappeared. Nowadays you can look at many great bands and see that other 'nobodies' have greater apparent fan bases and more polished photos and graphics. The music itself can be well produced. In fact it needn't be the artist playing at all. Instead it can be a bunch of hired musos thousands of miles away who never met the people involved and never will. The musical equivalent of ghost writers.
I see a similar pattern in writing. It's now possible to build an online image that can bear nor resemblance to actual talent. You can even get a computer programme to write your stuff, you can create a whole lot of quasi credits for yourself in a number of ways.
I think its fairly clear that the lady has build up a fan base, she can write a good blog, its committed, enthusiastic, interesting, clearly not out as an overtly commercial enterprise and it has fans. There are guest bloggers. I read a few and what I read was fine.
As you say Rog we might be submitting there ourselves soon. ;D