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Aswiebe's Market List Update 2010-03

The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 04/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#031510

Editor's Note
Sometimes the process of getting a story from an idea to a submission feels overwhelming. Weeks to write it. Days to get it critiqued and edited. Hours finding a good market for it, formatting it according to their submission guidelines, and sending it in.

Why not shrink that process down a little? Give yourself a break. Rev up your imagination, find a great idea that can fit in a nutshell, and write a tiny story. Twitfic, or Twitter fiction, is made of complete stories that fit within Twitter's 140-characters-or-less limitation. It's a good exercise in finding just the right words and editing a story down--way down. It'll loosen up your imagination. And it pays a professional rate per word, although that's only because there are so few words.

In the Featured Market section below, I've listed all the active, paying, spec-fic-friendly Twitfic publications that I'm aware of.

As a writing exercise for myself, I've started always keeping a twitfic submission in play. As soon as I hear back about it, I send in an another one. The writing and editing doesn't take much time, and it's fun.

I've had decent success at it, too. Here are two twitfic stories of mine that Thaumatrope has published in the last month, both science fiction with a dash of humor.  They're tiny tweets of stories, and free to read. If you like them, share the link.



Things Shiny or Useful

* Michael Moorcock's rules for writing: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/22/michael-moorcock-rules-for-writers
* (This is going in my writing challenges file.) The Lester Dent pulp plot outline: http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/dent.html
* Palahniuk's tips for writers: http://chuckpalahniuk.net/features/essays/chuck-palahniuk
* An exercise for writing a query letter with voice: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/2010/02/writing-query-letter-with-voice.html
* The Starter Guide to Twitter: http://tribalwriter.com/2010/02/22/a-writers-starter-guide-to-twitter-or-everything-i-wish-someone-had-told-me-when-i-first-started-using-twitter/
* Approaches to making a living as a writer: http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/files/2010/02/Guillebeau_WD.pdf
* Know that "every scene should do at least two things" adage? Here are some of those things: http://writersdigest.com/article/showing-and-telling-excerpt
* On Writing Rules: http://ann-leckie.livejournal.com/144298.html
* Read for the editorial inspired by Terry Pratchett: http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/2010/WW10-04.shtml
* 10 Synopsis Dos and Donts: http://writersdigest.com/article/10-synopsis-dos-and-donts
* Making your story good: http://writersdigest.com/article/21_Tips_to_Get_Out_of_the_Slush_Pile
* Funny: http://storyfix.com/a-slightly-off-color-joke-for-anyone-who-has-published-a-book-or-wants-to

Featured Markets
Thaumatrope: Science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Pays $1.20.
Nanoism: All genres, esp. science fiction and fantasy. Reprints okay. Pays $1.50
Outshine: Optimistic, near-future SF prose poems. Pays $5
Tweet the Meat: Horror/weird. No reprints. Pays $1

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
Best New Vampire Tales ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/30/10 Themed to vampires, reprints only $0.0100
Fear of the Dark ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/01/10 Themed to fear of the dark, unknown, nightmares $0.0090
No More Heroes ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED SF - themed to shared world $0.0100
Short Sharp Shock All genres - popular fiction
$19.64 http://s3digest.blogspot.com/
Moonlight Tuber All genres - absurdist, experimental, surreal
$45.88 http://moonlighttuber.wordpress.com/
Doorways Magazine - DEAD MARKET? ALL $0.0500
Mountain Magic ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/20/10 - 06/21/10 Appalachian-themed "rural" fantasy and quiet horror $0.0500
Dreams of Decadence urban fantasy and paranormal romance $0.0100
Dark Valentine All genres as long as the story is dark
$10.00 http://darkvalentine.net/index.php/submission-guidelines/
Flash Me Magazine all genres
$25.00 http://www.wingedhalo.com/guidelines.html
Tower of Light Fantasy Magazine All fantasy and blended fantasy genres
$5.00 http://tolfantasy.bookazon.co.uk/submissions.htm
Willows - DEAD MARKET Turn-of-the-century Weird Tales type stories
$25.00 http://thewillowsmagazine.com/guidelines.htm
The Strand Magazine mystery, terror, and the supernatural
$25.00 http://www.strandmag.com/htm/strandmag_guidelines.htm
Twelfth Planet Novelette Doubles Spec-fic
$90.97 http://twelfthplanetpress.wordpress.com/submissions/
Dark Fiction Spotlight, The dark fiction
$0.00 http://tdfspublication.webs.com/submissionguidelines.htm
Aoife's Kiss F/SF/H $0.0025
Twelfth Planet Novella Series Spec-fic
$180.00 http://twelfthplanetpress.wordpress.com/submissions/
Redstone Science Fiction SF $0.0500
Basement Stories All genres - prefers SF/F $0.0100
This Mutant Life Superhero fiction & non-fiction
$4.47 http://www.thismutantlife.com/submissions.htm
Seasons in the Abyss ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/28/10 Flash horror themed to the seasons $0.0000 $0.00 http://bloodboundbooksforum.lefora.com/2010/01/06/seasons-in-the-abyss/
TheDF_Underground Dark and disturbed, edgy, cross-genre, and horror
$10.00 http://www.df-underground.com/submissions-underground_subm/

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