Phew! As you know, a post about Agni stirred up a bee's nest of comments the other day. Luckily, for those who do not want to read the thread, someone posting as "Billy Bob Loser" summed the whole thing up as follows:
"Here's what I've taken from this very very long thread.
1. Many people are obtuse.
2. Publishing in zines is a hobby. An expensive, time-consuming, not-very-fulfilling hobby.
3. You should write a novel if you want to make a living and be recognized professionally by anyone other than your mother.
4. The Short Story is Dead. Dead culturally, dead financially, dead professionally, dead, dead, dead. It's a practice, an exercise, a staging grounds. But you do it for arts sake. Because it's beautiful. If you can't handle that oxymoron (dead but you still love it) you shouldn't be writing them.
5. Everyone prizes the top 25 mags, but no one can get published in them (answer: try the top fifty lit Js, or top seventy-five lit Js).
6. I'm the guy that submitted 600 times in the last 4 years. I'm not going to quit. But most of those were to the top fifty lit Js. I've broken in a few times to lower-level print journals. But no big boys yet. But I have a threshold -- I don't publish in online journals. Only print journals with decent websites affiliated with a university. Did you catch that:
B. Good Website.
C. University Affiliated.
99% of my submissions fall under those categories. That kills about 2500 of the journals in Duotrope. But that still leaves about 75 I would be very happy to appear in. I'll get in someday."
Very sensible, Bob. Very sensible indeed. Also, sir, please send me some of your 600 rejections. You're a man after my own heart because I will never quit either.