No! to the gatekeepers. Let everyone publish. The reader will decide and reward the writer of [i]whatever[/i] it is.
This thread has been enlightening; I've discovered how truly middle-of-the-road I am. In the US today, one side is crying "Let the free market work!", while the other is saying, "It's not fair! Level the playing field!"
Guess what? Amazon's KDP Select is doing both. It can pull us out of the weeds, allowing us to be [i]seen[/i] and thus, compete, i.e.: leveling the playing field. But after that, it's all free market.
about 16 years after he died, burbage and a few remaining player from the globe had the first folio printed-but dig this-those guys didn't even have scripts- printed works and scripts were dangerous to have around-one reason was that there were no copyright laws or any protection at all- if you had a big hit at the 'globe', there was nothing stopping the 'swan' or the 'rose' from performing it the next nite. and they did if they could
thanks for the information, I wasn't sure how Shakespeare might compare with today's indies. I know he was writing for the theatre but suspected he wouldn't have a sponsor other than the theatre company.