The community. While in the opinion of this writer, writers are not elitist, the community in which we work is very elitist. There is a lot of talk about the rise of self-published writers, and the war with the Trade Published community. In my opinion, there is a much larger barriers -- education, and money -- I am better than some I know at writing, but with neither a degree, or money my work is shunned as rubbish.
University, or be ignored. I am sure there will be many who disagree with this statement. But, the longer I go on, the more I am convinced, the only way to get noticed is to have a degree. This does not mean you CAN write, it means people THINK you can, because of the degree.
Free, but condemned. Today, I got turned down by another on line magazine. I would probably have not got paid, but I got turned down. I am quickly coming to the conclusion to give up trying to get stories in print. If you have a degree, people will consider you, if you don't have a degree, the best you can hope for is either Self-publish, and be damned for doing, or put the work for FREE on your blog.
Xlibris. Apart from the accepted the fact Xlibris is the biggest scam around, the know nothing about writing, editing, or publishing. I was asked to re-edit a book for someone I used to know AFTER it came back from Xlibris.
The section I was sent was the first 80 pages. I couldn't get passed the first page. There were so many corrections to do, I ended up with a severe migraine trying to re-write -- yes, re-write the section -- I had to do so many edits, I ended up re-writing the section from scratch. There were wrong capitalizations, inconsistent capitalizations, and no punctuations. In effect I was handed over 80 lines of writing, from which I needed to add all the correct punctuation, and this was AFTER it was edited by Xlibris. The author has a BA in Criminal Studies from some backwater college in Georgia, which needed the quota of passes to keep it's status as a University.
Reviewed. On my profile, I said I used to do book reviews. I don't now. The last one I did was so bad I felt bad writing the review. I told the writer, I would do an honest appraisal, as my integrity relied on my honesty. Again, the writer has a degree, this time in Business Studies, and again having a degree does NOT mean you can write.
There was no continuity in the story section I read, there were many errors in grammar. Despite -- apparently -- going through three editors, nobody pointed out, you don't need the pronoun 'an' before a word starting with 'R.' This book took five pages for the lead character to get from his bed, to the bathroom. Usually, in the first page you need what is known as a 'hook.' This can be anything from a question, to an argument. The idea is to rouse interest in the character, and the story. In the early stages of this book, the only thing which happened was the lead character wondered what excuses he would get for people not turning up for work.
Again, emphasising the point, education does not make you a writer, but it does give the establishment the opinion you can write.
Twilight. To continue with boring people, I saw the first film. I realise this series has its devotees, but I am not one. I endured the first hour of the first film, and that was too much for me. In this time, the highlight was someone broke a glass in their hand, something I did as a child. You may ask, why didn't I leave if the film was that boring for me? The answer is at 15,000 feet above the Atlantic, and with temperatures at -40C there aren't many options. At one time, I did consider chewing my fingers.