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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2012-01 
17th-Jan-2012 03:48 pm
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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 02/15/2012.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2.html#011712

Editor's Note

The older I get, the busier I get, and the more I realize I don't have time to do everything that "should" be done. For the last couple of years in a row, one of my New Years Resolutions has been to back my work up properly. But of course, I never had time to copy all the files over once a week (or a month, or a....) when my little reminder-to-self would pop up on my calendar.

The answer? Automation.

There are a lot of services out there that will let you automatically or almost-automatically back up your computer to the cloud online (the safest option in case your house burns down) for prices from free to "some money": Dropbox, Carbonite, Crashplan, etc. You could spend hours online reading reviews and comparisons of the different plans. I ended up going with SugarSync, which lets me choose which folders to back up online and also has a "magic folder" that I use to hold files I want to transfer between my laptop and computer desktop. The free plan has enough storage to let me keep all my writing safe.

Check it out for yourself: https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=dddaenx2wzs79&utm_source=txemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=referral
(and yes, if you use this referral link, I get a little extra storage free)

And now? My writing backs itself up, easy-peasy.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
* I did a PodCastle reading of Eugie Foster’s haunting modern fantasy,
Black Swan, White Swan
(listen here: http://podcastle.org/2011/11/22/podcastle-184-black-swan-white-swan/ , join the discussion here: http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?topic=5659.0 ).
* I've also updated Circus of Brass and Bone, the post-apocalyptic steampunk story about a circus traveling through the collapse of civilization. I put a new episode up in December and another one will be going up within the next couple of days. Read it here.

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

- Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Things Shiny or Useful

* [writing craft, writing exercises] 25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/25-ways-to-improve-your-writing-in-30-minutes-a-day

* [procrastination, social networks] Why the Internet is a Trap (and how to deal with it): http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2012/01/why-internet-is-trap-and-how-this.html

* [characters]
Writing characters: http://www.glimmertrain.com/b59hubschman.html

* [publicity]
A look at Goodreads ads: http://lisa-schroeder.livejournal.com/391307.html

* [worldbuilding]
Are you building your world, or limiting it?: http://writertracy.livejournal.com/356182.html

* [writing craft, beginnings]
8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/8-ways-to-write-a-5-star-chapter-one

* [writing craft]
3 Secrets to Great Storytelling: http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/write-first-chapter-get-started/3-secrets-to-great-storytelling

* [humor]
How to Revise Your Work and the Awesome Editing Symbols You Should Know: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-revise-your-work-awesome-editing-symbols-you-should-know

(Most of this month's useful links came from
this Writers Digest summary of the most popular articles of 2011: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-18-most-popular-articles-on-writing-of-2011)

Featured Market
Nameless Magazine is a new, pro-paying market for dark speculative fiction and science fiction.

Must be in the Horror/ Dark Fantasy [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/dark_fantasy]/Dark Sci-Fi/Magic Realism veins (straight Science Fiction, Weird, Weird Erotica,  Thriller and Mythos are also acceptable). NO: Fan Fiction [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/fan_fiction], Romance or Sword & Sorcery [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sword_and_sorcery].

Hook us in the first paragraph! Don't build and hope we stay with it unless you are a BRILLIANT writer (think Bataille, Cocteau, Shakespeare, Wilde, Orwell and so on). Looking for well-written, powerful, original ideas and new twists on old horror conventions. Especially looking for stories that examine the darker side of the human condition. New writers are welcome to submit. Please purchase a sample copy to see what type of stories we are publishing. Expect to be edited.

The basics: science fiction or dark fiction, 1,500-9,500 words, $.05/word.

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Nameless Magazine Dark SF/F, weird, thought-provoking $0.0500
Outlaw Bodies ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/01/2012 SF themed to bodies in the future
$35.00 http://futurefire.net/about/outlawbodies.html
Hoot All genres, flash, twitterfic
$10.00 http://www.hootreview.com/submissions/
The Mothman Chronicles ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/01/2012 Themed: Mothman $0.0500
Flatiron Press Science fiction and fantasy, themed $0.0200
Goldfish Grimm All spec-fic
$25.00 http://www.goldfishgrimm.com/
From an Eagle's Eye ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED Fantasy themed to birds of prey.
$5.00 http://www.mystichawker.com/sub.html
Campfire Howls ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED Themed: werewolves and cowboys
$5.00 http://www.mystichawker.com/sub.html
Dark Trails ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 06/01/2012 Weird or dark Western
$0.05 http://michaelknost.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-anthology-guidelines-dark-trails.html
Apex Magazine SF, fantasy, and horror $0.0500
Extreme Planets ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 06/30/2012 Themed: alien worlds $0.0300
Midnight Echo Horror and dark fantasy $0.0200
Fantastique Unfettered SF/F - “fantastic fiction” $0.0100
Aether Age, The Shared world fantasy $0.0050
Fantasy Short Stories High fantasy
$10.00 http://fantasyshortstories.org/submissions/
James Gunn's Ad Astra Science fiction, themed
$50.00 http://adastra.ku.edu/?page_id=49
Extinction Files, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/29/2012 Themed to the extinction of mankind.
$10.00 http://alter.lefora.com/2011/12/14/the-extinction-files-submissions-now-open/
Scout and Engineer All genres
$125.00 http://www.scoutandengineer.com/submissions-guidelines/
Tomorrow ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 06/01/2012 - 09/30/2012 Themed: post-apocalyptic
$20.00 http://www.kayellepress.com/submission-guidelines/project-guidelines-tomorrow-anthology/
Basement Stories - DEAD MARKET (on hiatus for the indefinite future) All genres - prefers SF/F $0.0300
Fungi ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 01/15/2012 - 02/15/2012 Dark, themed: fungi $0.0100
Golden Visions - DEAD MARKET Science fiction, fantasy, spec-fic, mild horror. Also has regular themed contests. $0.0025
Demon Minds DEAD MARKET Horror $0.0000 $0.00 http://www.demonminds.com/submissions.html
Murky Depths - DEAD MARKET Speculative - no pure fantasy or sci-fi but elements of either good
$19.51 http://www.murkydepths.com/
Misfit Magazine Eclectic, all genres
$10.00 http://www.misfitmagazine.com/2011/08/submission-guidelines.html
Port Iris - DEAD MARKET (on indefinite hiatus) All spec-fic – SF/F preferred
$10.00 http://www.portiris.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=3
Crossed Genres - DEAD MARKET SF/F with another genre of their choice.
$10.00 http://www.crossedgenres.com/submissions.htm
Lightspeed Magazine Science fiction and fantasy $0.0500
Fantasy Magazine - DEAD MARKET (merged with Lightspeed) Fantasy $0.0500
Fae Publishing - DEAD MARKET Fantasy and science fiction. $0.0500
Soul Reflections (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/15/2012 Dark fantasy/horror themed to reflection. $0.0025
Chained in the Attic (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/25/2012 Horror $0.0010
Miscellanea: A Transdimensional Library Themed: excerpt from a library book in some other dimension
$10.00 http://eggplantproductions.com/?page_id=10
A Place in Time (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE ? - 12/30/2012 Themed: lost cities
$5.00 http://wickedeastpress.lefora.com/forum/category/2012-anthologies-a-place-in-time/
Crystal Ball (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE ? 2012 UNTIL FILLED Themed: fortune telling
$5.00 http://wickedeastpress.lefora.com/forum/category/2012-anthologies-crystal-ball/
Blurring the Edges (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE ? 2012 UNTIL FILLED Themed: stories that could be ripped from the headlines but aren't, with a secret
$5.00 http://wickedeastpress.lefora.com/forum/category/2012-anthologies-blurring-the-edges/
Down the Rabbit Hole (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/31/2012 Themed: other worlds
$5.00 http://wickedeastpress.lefora.com/forum/category/2012-anthologies-down-the-rabbit-hole/
Broken Windows, Creaky Doors (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 09/30/2012 Themed: hauntings and ghosts
$5.00 http://wickedeastpress.lefora.com/forum/category/2011-anthologies-broken-windows-creaky-floors/
Dark Finds (Wicked East Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/30/2012 Themed: cursed objects and things
$5.00 http://wickedeastpress.lefora.com/forum/category/2012-anthologies-dark-finds/

Aswiebe's Market List
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