still many such instances, but the more common attitude of mind among aspirants seems to me to be the assumption that what they write is already good enough, and that the world owes them a publisher.
Of course the blunders often made on the editorial side will play into their hands and help to strengthen this delusion.
“Do I not write as well as that
? Can anything of mine be worse than this
They forget that while an editor cannot be infallible, he must behave as if he were so; and must be practically omnipotent, at any rate, within his domain.
Rightly or wrongly, he must make the decision, not you or I; he must set the valuation.
Our wares are worth only what he can afford to give for them — he or his competitors.
If he has no need for them, we must find some way to make then what he will need.
Or if that fails, we must establish what was once suggested by Edward Everett Hale
— a periodical to be called “The Unfortunates' magazine,” to contain all rejected contributions, all unappreciated courses of lectures, and in general all productions which need a public more than that public apparently needs them.