Ryan Span: "Because it is different, and the industry at large doesn't treat writers the same way as artists or musicians. An illustration portfolio shown online, or an album posted to MySpace, doesn't immediately become unsellable the way a story does. These prejudices are not of our making but anyone professionally-minded can't afford to ignore them.
The simple fact is, until you arrive at the point where you're regularly selling short and/or long manuscripts to places for cold hard cash, you don't have a career -- you have a hobby. Putting a piece of fiction online pretty much kills your chances of making any money from it, barring exceptional circumstances. If that is your goal then keep pursuing traditional publishing options."
That is NOT true. Posting on the Internet or any website DOES NOT kill your chances of getting your story published. That is a very generalized statement to make. I read your post where you said you worked on both sides of publishing spectrum and your friend is also a assistant editor of wee publishing house. Your Publishing House may have the rule where Posting on the Internet is considered "PUBLISHED" but the ENTIRE Industry does not follow suit like they do. Poetry Houses and a small minority of Small Press Houses follow that rule but not everyone.
At Fictionaut, we had this debate a few times that I would like to point to:
I also posted my Short Story The First Run in Fictionaut, and submitted it to Asimov Magazine, told them that this story was posted on the interent and they still reviewed it and gave their remarks.
Here is their Submission Guidelines:
Nowhere does it say they don't accept works "Published" on the Internet.
Cervana Barva Press, a small press house, who's editor is also a member of Fictionaut, has no problem publishing works posted on the internet let alone Fictionaut.
The problem I have with your comments Ryan is that you think Writing is all about the money and only the money, and every writer is in it for the money. Again a very generalized and stereotyped perception about us writers. If that's the case, then there would be more writers like Stephanie Meyer than quality writers in the market, because money is the center of the universe in that world your thinking of. That's why Slush Piles exist, so those who think like that are weeded out, and quality writers get through. Writing is an art first and foremost, and should be respected.
Quodo, you are NOT killing your chances if you post on the internet. However, IF you do decide to post your story on the Internet and want to still get it Published, research the House your Submitting, read their Submission Guidelines, and if you are unsure, send a letter to the Editor asking if they accept such Submissions. All of us writers do not get published on the first try, and sometimes, we may have to go back to third or fourth drafting our novels to better our chances, or write a whole new novel, but that's name of the game. It's work.