Two things-- 1, never make substantial changes for an editor who can't pay you or an agent who doesn't represent you. DWS is wrong about lots of things, but he's not wrong about that. 2, yes, Medium doesn't pay enough to be considered a source of professional income. It's a social media hangout that pays you a little, not a serious source of income you should be sweating over. Even the biggest names claim to be earning at best $5-10K/month. If that's the ceiling, the middle earnings are going to be much lower. Enjoy it, relax with it, but never allow it to distract from what you do for real money.

Author of “The Moldavite Message.” Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector.