i think that's a good point... are they elite because they are "better" or just because they say so? and are the things being published by the mainstream/big publishers really the best stuff or is it just a case of who is more determined? who has the most connections?
i know you've submitted things for publication and/or are in the process of trying to get your novel(s) published (sorry if i got that wrong) -- how welcoming/encouraging have you found the industry/process to be?
i'm not sure what to say about "hacks" vs. "non-hacks". i mainly just used that word to draw replies (i'm bad). but then i guess we need to define what a hack is... any ideas?
thanks for your input on this...