Remember way back when Brandon and I had some back-and-forth about how you can tell how good a writer is by how much he gets paid? Watch the video for another view on the topic. Warning: There is some language.
Apparently Ellison and Jack Vance agree. This doesn’t surprise me terribly much.
One thought in particular hit me though: I’m putting up plenty of fiction for free. I just posted thirty days straight of free fiction. Am I hurting Harlan Ellison? Am I hurting another author’s chance of getting paid by putting out fiction for free? After all, if I can pay someone for fiction, or read something else for free, what would I rather do?
I take comfort in the fact that the blog doesn’t get THAT many views that I would be taking any audience from anyone. I also don’t have THAT much up on the blog that it would keep someone busy for years and years of reading.
However… am I an amateur that hurts professional writers?
(And yes, Brandon, I’d love to have you weigh in on this!)