The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 03/15/2010.
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Writing process logjams. We all have them (at least I hope I'm not the only one!). I'm not talking about procrastination or writer's block; I'm talking about things blocking the process of doing all the things that go into having a writing career. Writing. Story research. Getting critiques--and usually doing critiques in order to get your story critiqued. Editing. Doing market research (hopefully this market list helps). Submitting. Keeping track of everything: submissions, income, expenses, publication dates. Craft improvement. Publicity. If you're working on a novel, add agent research, synopsis, chapter summaries, query letter, and submitting to agents.
In a perfect world, this would be a wonderful smooth flow and everything would get done in a timely fashion. Naturally, at the same time you'd be producing thousands and thousands of new words daily.
It's not like that for me. I have three logjams.
1. Writing (side project) even while editing a novel (main project) is something I'm working on.
2. For a long time, I had a huge problem with not submitting stories. I just always had something else to do. I got around that by setting Sundays aside as submission days. Though I still have a submissions backlog, I have a fair number of stories out being considered, and several have even been accepted!
3. I tend to collect critiques and then take forever to get around to marking up and making editing changes to stories. I only realized how very bad this got a couple of days ago, when I finally made some small editing changes to "The Unkindness of Ravens," which I consider to be one of the best stories I've written. Do you know how long it had been sitting in a drawer waiting for those changes to be made? Over a year. That's time that one of my best stories was lying fallow, and that's unacceptable. It took only 20 minutes to make those changes.
Figure out where your logjams are. Be aware of them. Track all your manuscripts and where they're at in the process (I use a spreadsheet and some simple color-coded statuses). And if anything important gets hooked up on a logjam, try to dislodge it in a reasonable amount of time!
As a closing note, this month my steampunk twitfic went up at Thaumatrope! http://twitter.com/thaumatrope/statuses/8159537369 It's a tiny tweet of a story, and free to read.
Things Shiny or Useful
* Publisher-Author Outreach as it could be: http://christinakatz.com/publishers-seven-types-of-outreach-to-cement-the-publisher-author-bond-boost-the-sales-of-every-single-book/
* Donald Maas' _The Career Novelist_ available as free PDF download: http://www.maassagency.com/books.html#career
* Write with awareness and honesty: http://ann-leckie.livejournal.com/143513.html#cutid1
* The Novelist Survival Kit, for use while waiting for publication/acceptance: http://jenniferechols.livejournal.com/120823.html
* When somebody on the internet is Wrong: http://jimhines.livejournal.com/490688.html
* Nathan Bransford's query letter workshop forum: http://forums.nathanbransford.com/viewforum.php?f=12
* Flow: http://blog.writersdigest.com/mfaconfidential/On+Words+Flowing+And+Why+Its+Worth+It.aspx
* The Much Maligned Adverb: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2009/10/20/TheMuchMalignedAdverb.aspx
* You May Be a Bestseller on Tralfamadore: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/01/guest-blog-week-you-may-be-bestseller.html
* Using characters to cut word length in revision: http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2010/01/using-characters-and-scenes-to-trim-fat.html
* An excellent revision checklist: http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2009/03/revision-reference.html?spref=tw
* How authors can be interviewed on radio: http://thewriteathomemom.blogspot.com/2010/01/december-issue-of-savvy-book-marketer.html
* Breakdown of why an author believes her query letter led to publication: http://www.murdershewrites.com/2009/04/23/queries-and-agents-and-rejects-oh-my/
* Transitions: http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2009/12/28/ask-the-editor-help-with-transitions-and-bridges/
ReadingWriters Contest Cafe has regular themed contests with no entry fee, open to all genres. Their current contest is Once Upon a Day.
Your protagonist is about to have a day. He doesn't know it yet, but it's going to be a day that, for him, will live in infamy. A day she will point to, years later, as the specific moment when something in her soul changed. It can be a teeny tiny change or it can be a ginormous change. But it has to occur in the light of day.
The basics: contest entry due 05/15/2010, no fee, all genres, 0 - 1,000 words, no reprints, $100 for the winner, winning story will be published in The Verb.
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|
|Last Man ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED (before pub date 08/31/2010)||Literary "last man" science fiction||$5.00||http://lastmananthology.weebly.com/submissions.html|
|Daikaijuzine||All genres, mostly spec-fic||$5.00||http://www.daikaijuzine.com/dkz/?page_id=40|
|ReadingWriters Contest Cafe - PERIODIC CONTESTS||Themed contests.||$100.00||http://www.readingwriters.com/contestcafe.htm|
|Once Upon a Day (ReadingWriters) ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 05/15/2010||All genres, themed to a character's dramatic change over the course of a day||$100.00||http://www.readingwriters.com/contest.htm|
|The Speculative Ramayana ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 06/01/10||Speculative fiction where the Ramayana is used in a key way||$25.00||http://www.zubaanbooks.com/RamayanaAnthology.asp|
|SFZine.org Podcast - DEAD MARKET||All spec-fic||$0.0100||http://www.sfzine.org/blog1/|
|Clonepod - DEAD MARKET||SF/F||$25.00||http://www.clonepod.org/submission-guide-lines/|
|Doomology ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE WHEN FILLED||Disasters/Apocalyptic events - no zombies||$0.0100||http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2010/02/02/doomology-the-dawning-of-disasters-submissions-ope/|
|Horror Library Vol. 4 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED||Horror||$0.0150||http://cuttingblock.net/submissions.html#hl4|
|Terminal Earth ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/15/2010||intelligent stories with a backdrop of the end of the world||$5.00||http://poundlitpress.weebly.com/anthology.html|
|Tower of Light Fantasy Magazine - DEAD MARKET||Fantasy - including science fantasy, dark fantasy etc||$5.00||http://www.tolfantasy.com/|
|Title Goes Here||All spec-fic except sword&sorcery||$5.00||http://www.title-goes-here.com/Guidelines.html|
|Extreme Creatures ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/01/2010 OR UNTIL FILLED||Creature/mythological creature horror, incl. humans with monstrous qualities||$0.0050||http://cometpress.us/guidelines/extreme-creature-anthology-2010.html|
|31 Days of Halloween Horror ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 08/01/2010||Horror, Halloween-themed not needed but acceptable||$2.00||http://shadowfirepress.com/guidelines_1_22_genref.html|
|JoRi Publications ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/01/2010||Fantasy||$25.00||http://site.joripublications.com/Announcements.html|
|Extreme Zombies ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/01/2010||Extreme zombie horror||$0.0050||http://cometpress.us/guidelines/extreme-zombie-anthology-2010.html|
|Fearology ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE WHEN FILLED||Themed to phobias||$0.0100||http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2010/01/26/fearology-a-phobia-anthology-submissions-open/|
|Flash Fiction Online||All genres, including SF/F/H||$50.00||http://www.flashfictiononline.com/submit.html|
|Fictitious Force - DEAD MARKET||Spec-fic||$0.0100||http://www.fictitiousforce.com/|
|Shantytown Anomaly, The - DEAD MARKET||SF/F poetry, articles, and short-shorts||$1.00||http://theshantytownanomaly.blogspot.com/|
|Full Armor Magazine||Fantasy, slipstream, and mystery with strong Judeo-Christian message or symbolism||$0.0100||http://www.dragondreamzpublications.info/submissions.html|
|Robot Romance ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 07/01/2010||romance with at least one robotic character||$50.00||http://www.stonymeadowpublishing.com/romance_novella_contest_robot_romance.htm|
|Like Butterflies in Iron ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/19/2010||erotic F themed to urban faeries||$25.00||http://www.circlet.com/?p=716|
|Distant Realms ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/31/2010||novella-length fantasy||$100.00||http://dwdr.wordpress.com/guidelines-for-distant-realms/|
|Zombology: A queer bent on the undead ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED||Zombie stories with GLBTQ characters/themes||$0.0100||http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2010/01/21/zombology-a-queer-bent-on-the-undead-submissions-o/|
|Queerpunk ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/19/2010||erotic SF themed to GLBTQ in a cyberpunk setting||$25.00||http://www.circlet.com/?p=718|
|Like That Spark ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 02/19/2010||erotic F/SF themed to first connection||$25.00||http://www.circlet.com/?p=713|
|Albedo One||Very broad definition - wants boundary-pushing, thoughtful, well-written||$0.0042||$0.00||http://www.albedo1.com/html/writers_guidelines.html|
|Zombidays ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED||Holiday-themed zombie stories||$0.0100||http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2009/12/22/zombidays-submissions-open/|
|Arkham Tales||Pulp adventure, weird horror, and fantastic||$0.0100||http://arkhamtales.leucrotapress.com/?page_id=13|
|Cezanne's Carrot||visionary, magic realism, transformative, spiritual||$10.00||http://www.cezannescarrot.org/guidelines.html|
Aswiebe's Market List
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