Hello. I've recently been thinking, what exactly gives certain publishers or editors authority? This isn't borne out of hate or negativity since I can't even pretend to fully understand the business, nor have I sent out many stories myself. This isn't a tirade. However, seeing the amount of unfortunate posts on the rejections thread, I am minded to think whether or not certain editors, for example, have the right to reject work. I've said elsewhere on this forum that one's enjoyment and appreciation of a story is entirely based on their input and effort. It seems a shame to me that our "success" in writing fiction or non-fiction is dependant on people. In some ways I think self-publishing should be the norm. Honestly, I've always thought things like this. What gives certain people the right to judge? I have the same opinion for snobby critics of film. I'm firmly of the belief that one should be experienced in a given field before knocking something. Do most editors have degrees in some aspect of writing? Even then, is that enough? I've known plenty of people who misinterpret or just "don't get" stories despite having high levels of education. Once again, this thread has come about more from my own ignorance and it's not a focused attack.