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Big, Bad, Evil, Duotrope

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I know, I’m late to the party. But how DARE Duotrope turn into a pay for service. This is uncalled for. Don’t they know we are tortured artists, receiving rejection letter after rejection letter? And now they want to drive the knife in further by asking for us to pay for the upkeep of THEIR website that they allow us to access.

I say.

Especially at the exorbitant price of $5.00 a month. That’s practically highway robbery. How am I supposed to eat out for lunch everyday with prices like that? Outrageous. Oh, you’re going to cut me a break if I pay $50 upfront for a year? What am I, Daddy Warbucks? I’d have to cancel my XBox Live account just to keep afloat. Or, heaven forbid, never go out to see a movie again. Duotrope, are you trying to kill me?

Don’t they know that money only flows to the writer? And especially to a fledgling one like myself. In a sense, they should be paying ME for padding out their statistics pages. While I’m at it, I should also get book covers for free and layout for free. Everyone else should just be happy they’re getting exposure from my work.

So get with it Duotrope. You’re taking advantage of me. I’m a pennyless writer who needs a leg up to get my world-shattering stories out to the masses. Why are you trying to stop me?

You’re evil and heartless. Moneygrabbers, who are gaining record profits (we can all assume this is true) off the backs and hard work of all these writers. I’m disgusted.

You make my skin crawl.

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