As it is in nature, so it is in the hearts of human beings. Editors are not always Predators. This is a grave misconception that writers need to clear from their minds if ever most of them wish to see their words (perfectly) in print.
As writers multiply and flourish in their desire to express themselves in the angst and tension of the modern world, to be creative and original, so also have their opportunities blossomed. What was once a closed door except for a lucky one in a hundred is now a gathering room with many open doors.
Industries shift according to needs.
Just because an author pays for publishing services, that does not imply that his/her words are not worthy of reading. (It is ego and vanity that assume the worth of words according to who publishes them.) It only implies that he/she doesn’t have time to wait for that one-in-a-hundred chance, or that his/her words are worthy of sharing regardless of publishers’ opinions or judgments.
Let’s judge our own words firstly and act according to personal will. Let’s sweep that dark cloud to the wayside and focus on the silver lining of opportunity that comes by way of small publishers who aim to remove the clouds entirely and expose the light of the sun.
(Middle Island Press is the poetry publisher to prove the common misconception wrong. I’ve been known to edit free of charge simply because I care about how a friend presents himself/herself. By the way, we at Middle Island press are writers, too, and I am not embarrassed to say that I publish my own words.)