1. Philantreon will commence on a trial basis with perks listed in the middle of next month.
I was talking with writer/artist Su Zi a while back about my micro chapbook iCripple. It's difficult to get a micro published, especially one that takes on disability so blatantly. Through her, I met another disabled person who has a new press with a disability focus. Su told me to submit my chapbook to him, but I refused.
I don't want to manipulate or use connections in order to get published because I feel it's wrong. The writing should be what stands out and matters... not who I know. How do you even tell if you're any good if you get somewhere based on networking and not skill? How is it fair to jump the line?
Su Zi, like my baby brother in the past, told me that utilizing connections (in polite ways) is how it works in artistic arenas. She said my idea of being discovered through excellent work is a unicorn... something not done in decades.
Modern poets don't really see the fame novelists can potentially reach, even our laureates and Instagram stars. I should probably cling to every opportunity (few to begin with) crossing my path as a way to combat the obscurity that is sure to plague my career. My "misguided idealism" may be why my fan base is at ten people... but, they're an amazing ten.