Quote Originally Posted by KatG
Sites like SFFWorld are micro-communities of this larger network and are run by fans. They allow authors amazing access to potential readers, and not just as ad space on a billboard.
Darn right. And it's not all (or even mostly) about making a sale. Consider the fact that HE is beta reading my novel right now, providing valuable feedback, and doing so out of the goodness of his heart. (I know, I know, no one expected to ever read 'goodness', 'heart' and 'HE' in the same sentence). Of course he's also a writer and I fully expect that he'll cash that chip in some day when he needs it, and I'll be there for him. [/sappy violin music]. Consider also that there are consistently 4 or 5 or 6 times as many guests lurking on these forums as registered members. They may not be saying anything, but I wonder what they're reading . . . and thinking