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I agree with just about everything you say. Speaking as a sometime short fiction editor, I find I'm much more encouraged by "Here's a story, hope you like it" than "Here's a story, here are 25 mediocre small-press publications I've managed to eke out sales to over the last eight years thus making it highly unlikely that I am an undiscovered genius, hope you like the story."

I'm far from categorically negative about small press! If you've sold to (for instance) John Klima, or Kelly & Gavin, that cuts mustard with me. It's not all about mere commerce. But for cry eye, show some judgment in how you portray yourself.

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