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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 09:51 am:   

Jason Stoddard picked up on something I said in the March Asimov's and expanded on it here:

http://xcentric.com/2007/01/28/writing-advertising-and-reality/
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steveberman
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 08:12 pm:   

An interesting concept.

It's impossible to get a bunch of serious writers together without them touching on the shrinking short fiction marketplace and the sense of doom and gloom writing spec fic can yield to.

I wonder if this is generational and that younger writers will readily accept mixed media and the Internet. There are limits to the two dimensional page that the computer can bypass.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 08:24 pm:   

Look forward to reading your article. As to the link...

I agree that ad based websites are likely to bring in more revenue than subscription based ones.

Subscriptions would work if one had strongly compelling material unique to the site. That's a really hard sell.

Most of that hard sell is the continued significant resistance to reading anything of any length online.

Coupled with a resistance to have work remain exclusively online (for example novels).

And then the final blow that folk really aren't
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PM
Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 08:27 pm:   

reading longer works.

I agree that folk gravitate toward other media.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 08:26 am:   

PM,
It's not my article. It's Jim Patrick Kelly's web column and he just quoted me about online advertising picking up.
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PM
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 09:43 am:   

Thanks for the clarification.

I was sort of hoping that you'd written something in Asimov's :-(
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 10:48 am:   

Sorry. I hate writing :-) and only do it when forced to.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 07:23 am:   

Read the March Asimov article and even if you don't like to write, your point about using ads to cover costs was a good one.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 08:05 am:   

Thanks :-)

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