I would send them a turd and a lighter. They can do the rest of the work themselves.
I am not happy. I already pay $12/mo for IMDBpro -- which imo, is actually worth it, because if I get work through there, I get can get paid like 10 grand, as opposed to $5.00 for a short story publication. The good news is I only send out cover letters to publishers about once every six months or so, so I wouldn't mind paying for a one-off month. (I suppose that screws with the submission tracker though -- how does that work when the submission runs out? It just locks you out of your account?)
do what i did -- go in and make a favorites list of the sites that would accept your work. do it fast, you have what, a month? then you have those sites (and their affiliates) and no need for duotrope. i think i'm on the E's of their alpha list. time to get busy.
Lucy-MerrimanFeatured By OwnerDec 1, 2012Student General Artist
Oh for the love of balls.
Guess I'm going back to Writer's Market. Which, by the way, is free at the library, even if it is, you know, a book. And I guess New Pages isn't that bad.
But Duotrope is so nice, and I was only just figuring out how to use their search tools in a non-stupid way. And the email updates! Oh well .
Look, why don't they just do the dA model? Put really annoying ads on the site, and then people will subscribe to make them stop? I mean, that's why I subscribe here. Or the tumblr model, where the main services are free, and then "bonus" services are pay-as-you-go?
I guess I'd send them a mirror so they could look at their life, look at their choices. And then, you know, some Great Lakes Christmas Ale, because I don't want them to feel too bad, and 'tis the season after all.
The problem with annoying advertisements is that nearly everyone knows how to use an adblocker these days. That was my first thought, too, but it's not something that would be effective in practice. Sadly.