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11/15/10 Market List Update

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 12/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#111510

Editor's Note
When I'm so busy with day job work that I barely have time to get any writing done, at least I can still "work" on my writing by listening to various writing how-to podcasts.

For inspiration and advice for beginning writers:
http://isbw.murlafferty.com/

For higher-level writing discussions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/
http://www.sff.net/odyssey/podcasts.html

For business aspects of writing:
http://writingmeviocom.mevio.com/

And the most recent addition to the writing podcasts out there is my very own MinnSpec writers group podcast, which I've just started up. These are recordings of our monthly discussions/presentations. I still need to get an RSS feed set up, but you can listen to the first session here:
http://files.meetup.com/137839/MinnSpec-ep1-conventions-pt1.mp3
http://files.meetup.com/137839/MinnSpec-ep1-conventions-pt2.mp3

I also have a story out in Northern Lights, an anthology of local Minnesota spec-fic authors. The stories include are fantasy, science fiction, horror, and unclassifiable weird--and my story, "Radiator Burped," is among them. You can buy a copy here.

Northern Lights Anthology Cover


Excerpt:

"Tsang!" he began, opening the door. He stopped when he realized that he was looking at Michael. "Michael, sorry. I thought you were my housemate coming back. I still haven't met him. Excuse me, I was just taking a nap." He ran a hand through his rumpled hair.

"I had to work longer than expected," Michael explained as he tossed his coat onto the couch. "Forgive me? It's too late to go out, but I did pick up a nice bottle of burgundy. If you have some spaghetti and sauce, we could improvise." Michael smiled. "Next time I'll do better. Hey, those are some pretty fine pictures. You paint, right? Are they yours?"

Eric shuffled his feet. "Yeah."

Michael's smile vanished. "Do you have a pet snake?"

Eric blinked. "No. Why?"

"I thought for a second that I saw something scaly in the corner . . . my eyes must be tired from looking at legal contracts. Never mind." Despite his words, Michael squinted at the corner.

Buy Northern Lights

- Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Things Shiny or Useful

* Dealing with Writer's Block: http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2010_08_31.html#019441
* An interesting editing exercise: http://blog.writersdigest.com/promptly/Cut+One+Word+Per+Sentence+This+Technique+Is+Pure+Magic.aspx
* The importance of structure: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/anatomy-of-a-best-selling-novel-structure-matters-part-one/

Featured Market

AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review is a new, pro-paying SF market that now accepts submissions from anywhere (though Canadian ones are preferred).

AE welcomes submissions from both established and emerging authors. We publish exclusively science fiction, though our interpretation of the genre can be quite inclusive.

The basics: SF, 500-3,000 words, no reprints, pays CA$.06/word (currently $.059/word in U.S. currency).

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.

Note: Realms of Fantasy has risen from the dead once more! If you had a story in the slush pile at the time of closing, please let them know if you still want them to consider it. See http://www.rofmag.com/2010/11/11/rof-fiction-help-me-internets/ for details.






Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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10/15/10 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 11/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#101510

Editor's Note
When life gets really busy, you're doing good if you can meet your obligations. And don't worry about the frills.

That is all.

- Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Things Shiny or Useful

* http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/09/07/we-5-1-third-person-limited/
* Public appearance: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/605955.html
* http://podcasts.odysseyworkshop.org/odysseypodcasts_41_gregoryfrost_viewpointvoicepsychicdistance1.mp3

Featured Market

Basement Stories has recently increased their pay rate to $.03/word, boosting them to the upper level of semi-pro magazines. And that's just darn awesome.

Basement Stories are stories that you don't want to believe but know to be true, stories you whisper to your kid sister at two in the morning in the dank dark moldy basement of your parent's house, stories that you wish were true but know aren't. Basement Stories are the stories you wake up dreaming, the really great ones that fade within a couple of seconds.

Basement Stories is a diatribe against the ordinary and the mediocre. We believe that there's room in everyone's life for the fantastic, the unbelievable, and the wonderful. The staff of Basement Stories have all, at one point or another in their lives, worked as readers for various magazines, from the great and terrible literary giants of the midwest to the tiny leak zines of undergraduate schools across the land, and watched fantastic, brilliant, daring, soaring stories get rejected because they didn't work for the magazine in question. And that's a damn shame.

The basics: all genres, prefers SF/F, all lengths, but prefers under 6,000 words, pays $.03/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.




Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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09/15/2010 Market List Update

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 10/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#091510

Editor's Note
This month I launched The Circus of Brass and Bone, a post-apocalyptic steampunk story that follows a circus as it travels through the collapse of civilization. Things fall apart. People come together--or die. Above all, the show must go on.

All donations go to help cover the costs of my mother's cancer treatment. She was recently diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer, which is very serious but treatable--though the odds are not in her favor. She was working at a school in India at the time of diagnosis, so she doesn't have health insurance. My parents came back to the U.S. for treatment, so they've both given up their jobs. And they've spent much of their lives working to help others--working with farmers in Africa and teaching in India--so they don't really have anything in the way of a savings cushion.

I am humbled by how awesome people are. The response so far has been great: I've gotten enough donations so far to fund the next several episodes, and the money raised will help pay for my mom's next chemo treatment.

So that's your moral for this editorial. When you're tucked away, writing in your garret, thinking that the whole world is cold and uncaring, remember--people are awesome. And they do care.

(Also, go take a look [or a listen] at
The Circus of Brass and Bone if you haven't already.)

- Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Things Shiny or Useful

* What you need to get started writing a novel: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/08/how-to-write-novel.html
* How to maintain the writing life (search for "Writers Anonymous" to find the article): http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/2010/WW10-16.shtml
* The writer's block spider! http://darkmarkets.com/2010/09/harper-collins-does-something/
* Writing Dialogue: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/09/seven-keys-to-writing-good-dialogue.html
* Textual density: http://alecaustin.livejournal.com/264709.html
* The choose-your-own adventure that getting published is: http://jddeshaw.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/lesson-4/
* Steampunk and alternate history: http://ripping-ozzie-reads.com/2010/07/29/more-thoughts-on-steampunk-alternate-history/
* Enlisting the Aid of Your Inner Customer: http://mcahogarth.blogspot.com/2010/07/enlisting-aid-of-your-inner-customer.html

Featured Market

The Universe Annex, part of the Grantville Gazette, is essentially Jim Baen's Universe reborn. I am really delighted to see this. Jim Baen's Universe is where I made my first professional-level sale. All submissions are through a workshop format that will get you comments from readers and editors, and you are *encouraged* to revise and resubmit. It's a wonderful greenhouse for up-and-coming talent, and now it will once again be the first place I submit my stories.
The Universe Annex section of the Grantville Gazette publishes short-form science fiction and fantasy. The editorial emphasis for the Universe Annex will be adventure stories (with "adventure" very loosely defined). But we will consider any science fiction or fantasy story.
The "Baen's Universe Slush" forum is first and foremost the submission venue for The Universe Annex. As such, we consider all stories posted to be submissions for publication.
However, the "Baen's Universe Slush" forum is also a writers' workshop, and we consider the critiquing process to be vital to what we do.
The basics: SF/F, prefers under 15,000 words, pays $.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.




Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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08/15/2010 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 09/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#081510

Editor's Note
Sometimes the best way to work through pain or grief or fear is by writing it out. I've done that a couple of times--I have stories that I've written like a surgeon cutting out a tumor. I think/hope that I've buried it well enough that a casual reader wouldn't say, "Ah, there is the writer working out their trauma," which is what happens when it's done badly.

Rarely does a chance come along to prevent pain or grief through writing, but that's what I'm doing next. I'm writing a donation-funded serial story (launching soon) to help cover the cost of my mother's cancer treatment. The story is a steampunk murder mystery about a circus surviving and traveling through post-Civil War America after an aetheric event wipes out 3/4s of the population on the same evening the circus ringmaster is murdered. This is a scary project for me--the reason for it is stressful, the format is unfamiliar (serial story, podcast), and I'll be working under time pressure to produce episodes every other week. Wish me luck! And buy a ticket for the circus.

- Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Things Shiny or Useful

* Balancing a character's pain: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2010/08/slush-lessons-balancing-pain%E2%80%94things-to-consider-when-throwing-rocks-at-your-character/
* How to Write a Book: http://www.randsinrepose.com/archives/2010/06/28/how_to_write_a_book.html
 

Featured Market

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest is the most prestigious award for beginning science fiction and fantasy writers. If you have not yet sold 3 stories to pro markets, you should be submitting every quarter. And now they accept email submissions!

Established and sponsored by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983, the "Writers Award Contest" was a budding competition aimed at discovering, and eventually publishing, deserving amateur and aspiring writers. The field of speculative fiction and fantasy, was chosen not only for Mr. Hubbard's love of and success within the genreā€”but for the freedom of imagination and expression it provided as what he described as the "herald of possibility."

The Writers of the Future Program, established in the finest tradition of the professional giving a helping hand to the novice, has become the largest, the most well-known and the best established discovery vehicle in the field. To date, winners have gone on to publish over 700 novels and 3,000 short stories, and have appeared on international bestseller lists, even reaching the #1 slot on the New York Times and London Sunday Times.

The basics: SF/F, 17,000 words max, no professionally published reprints, quarterly first prize $1,000, annual grand prize an additional $5,000.


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.




Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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07/16/2010 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 08/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#071610

Editor's Note
It's...done. Vicesteed, the steampunk mystery novel that I've been working on for way longer than I care to think about, is for-real, until-a-publisher-tells-me-otherwise, final-polishing-complete finished.

What do I do now?

For months and months, all my writing time has gone to editing this beast, and the short stories I've written have been squeezed in around the edges. It's a very strange feeling to try and get back in the butt-in-chair, producing at least a set number of words mindset. It's not writer's block, because I know what I need to do next. I have another novel barely started (from my idiot phase when I thought I could edit Vicesteed in a couple of hours on Saturdays). I have an outline. I know what needs to be written next.

It's like the sign taped up over my writing desk says, "There is no stress, there is only do."

- Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Things Shiny or Useful

* Writing and a Faith Perspective: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blog/2010/07/on-faith-and-friction/
* What 81% of Agents Expect on the First Page (funny): http://stiryourtea.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-81-of-agents-expect-on-first-page.html
* Why Smart Characters Make Dumb Mistakes: http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/why-smart-characters-make-dumb-mistakes
* Writing Realistic Injuries: www.users.totalise.co.uk/~leiafee/ramblings/realistic_injuries.htm
* Enhancing POV: http://www.writersdigest.com/article/using-perception-to-enhance-your-characters-pov/
* Nonstandard Structure: http://mrissa.livejournal.com/727223.html
* QueryTracker - a resource for looking up what agent represents what writer: http://querytracker.net/clients.php
* Researching an agent's track record: http://www.sff.net/people/VictoriaStrauss/trackrecord.html
* Show vs. Tell - without cliches: http://magicalwords.net/faith-hunter/show-dont-tell-conveying-emotion
* How to handsell a book (step-by-step): http://writersdigest.com/article/10-simple-steps-to-handselling-your-book/
* How warfare will work in the future (SF research): http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/05/28/the-big-idea-david-j-williams-2/
* A good writing blog (by published fantasy authors): http://magicalwords.net/
 

Featured Market

Pixiu Press' Heritage Tales series is made of speculative fiction stories for children ages 8-12. These will be published as fully illustrated, stand-alone books.

Heritage Tale stories are speculative fiction stories about American immigrants. We're interested
in all aspects of American immigration: the events leading up to decision to immigrate, the journey
to America, the trials and triumphs of a new life in America, the subsequent journeys back to the
homeland, and anything else that might constitute the "immigrant experience." The only
requirement is that the story be told using myths and/or legends from the native culture of the
immigrant.

The basics: all speculative fiction, themed, 8,000 - 12,000 words, pays $250 + royalties.


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.




Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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06/15/2010 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 7/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#061510

Editor's Note
You'd think I'd have learned by now that I will always have more than enough writing tasks to do. But no--I keep thinking that I have time to squeeze in just one more. Then something else comes up and that one last thing just becomes impossible. Deadlines help some, but their effectiveness relies on correctly estimating a) how long things will take, and b) how much time you have. This month the thing that slipped through the cracks was a story I hoped to get written for a contest that closes at the end of the month. I do have an excuse--something else more urgent came up--but it's still disappointing. On the other hand, I did get a lot done, including giving a presentation on social media for writers and working up an agent list and a query letter for my novel, Vicesteed.

My blog post on social media for writers: http://cloudscudding.livejournal.com/981958.html
And my post wherein I drew up my own rough guidelines for writing a query: http://cloudscudding.livejournal.com/983157.html

Things Shiny or Useful

* How to write Twitter fiction: http://nelilly.greententacles.com/twitter-fiction-is-a-joke/
* Making research a little more fun with sexy librarians and Lady Gaga: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/29/librarians-do-gaga.html
* Balancing online time and writing time: http://1stturningpoint.com/?p=4151
* Timeline for marketing once you have a book contract: http://anywherebeyond.livejournal.com/279474.html
* Writing a one-sentence pitch: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/05/how-to-write-one-sentence-pitch.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NathanBransford+%28Nathan+Bransford+-+Literary+Agent%29
* The Importance of Specificity: http://blog.writersdigest.com/mfaconfidential/The+Importance+Of+Specific+Details.aspx


Featured Market
This month there are two featured markets, both pro-rate paying.

Daily Science Fiction is a new pro-rate paying market for all speculative fiction.

Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 10,000 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. All that fits under the broader science fiction umbrella. We have a special need for flash fiction.

The basics: science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and speculative, 100 - 10,000 words, no reprints, pays $.08/word + additional $.05/word if used in anthology.

Towards an Accessible Future ONE-TIME CONTEST (by Redstone Science Fiction) is a pro-paying contest with a noble goal.

What does a world, or space station, or whatever look like when it has been designed to be accessible to everyone and how would people live together there?

The submissions should portray disability as a simple fact, not as something to be overcome or something to explain why a character is evil. The submissions should also incorporate the portrayal of disability in a world where universal access is a shared cultural value.

The basics: science fiction themed to universal access, 5,000 words max, winner receives $300 (at least $.06/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.




Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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05/17/2010 Market List Update

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 6/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#051710

Editor's Note
Convention season is coming up! And do go to those SF/F or writing conventions in your area--you'll learn a lot, come back at your work with a different perspective, and maybe even make some friends. But maybe your budget doesn't extend to the entrance fees and hotel room. Or maybe you just need a warmup to ease into things. Or maybe you just think the idea of an online SF/F writing convention is awesome.

Allow me to introduce you to Coyote Con (http://coyotecon.com/), an online SF/F writing convention hosted by Drollerie Press. It's taking place on weekends throughout the month of May, so there are two more sessions left (http://coyotecon.com/the-schedule/). I've really enjoyed the panels I've sat in on, and I highly recommend it. Or, if you don't have time to follow a panel in realtime, the transcripts (http://coyotecon.com/transcripts/) could be a gold-mine.

Publications:
"These Things Take Time" is my story about a man who takes unusual measures to figure out what went wrong in his first marriage. It's out now in Volume Two Number Two of Emerald Tales, It Was a Bright and Sunny Day (scroll to the bottom), which can be purchased in print or downloaded for free.
"The coffee's weak," Mark said. It came out more accusatory than he'd intended, but Lily had become quite inconsiderate recently. On top of the smaller things, like making the coffee the wrong strength, she no longer asked about his day, complaining about her work problems instead.

Of course, if she had asked about his day, he would have lied. She still believed he was working extra hours at the office. He didn't dare tell her about the project that was truly taking up his time.

Read more.

Things Shiny or Useful

* The power of nicknames: http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog/show/78
* What characters need: http://www.firstnovelsclub.com/2010/04/workshop-whose-story-is-this-and-why.html
* Telling signs: http://storyflip.blogspot.com/2010/04/re-write-wednesday-dont-tell-me-why.html
* Making flawed characters appealing: http://scribechat.com/archives/1150
* Increasing writing productivity (good stuff past the quotes): http://kathykulig.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-increase-productivity.html


Featured Market
Tor.com is a highly professional SF/F market. They don't have any submission guidelines up on their site, but suffice it to say that you shouldn't bother submitting a story unless you truly believe it's really high quality. All submissions should be emailed directly to the editor.

The basics: science fiction and fantasy, any length (prefers under 12,000 words), pays $.25/word for the first 5,000 words and decreases after that, no reprints.

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.



Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
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Links
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04/18/2010 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 5/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#041810

Editor's Note
Sorry, this newsletter is going out a little late! The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy, what with one thing and another. Sickness, work, other projects, taxes....

Speaking of taxes and getting things done ahead of time, now's a good time to think about whether you want to take the step to claiming writing as a business for tax purposes (or, if you already are, about being better organized for next year!). You don't have to be making a profit to do this, just investing a significant amount of time and trying to get your writing published. A dated writing log that documents what you do for your writing career documents the former, and a submissions tracking spreadsheet will take care of the latter. How can you make claiming it in taxes easier next year? Keep all your receipts (for writing supplies, postage, books, movies, conventions, etc) in a folder, and enter them into a spreadsheet now. Record the date, amount, and what it was for. I like to keep the amounts in different columns depending on where it will be claimed on the tax form: advertising (web hosting), office expenses and postage, books and equipment, travel and lodging, food at events/workshops/etc, other--convention registration fees, and other--movie tickets and DVDs. It makes doing the math a lot easier next tax season, and you won't have to dig out a bunch of faded receipts.

Things Shiny or Useful

* Analyzing a Sherlock Holmes story on the craft level, worth a re-read: http://holmes.spontaneousderivation.com/series/retyping-the-speckled-band/
* How to Target Your Submissions to Agents: http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/How+To+Target+Your+Submissions+To+Agents.aspx
* Contests to AVOID: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/contests-to-avoid/
* How to correctly format an email query letter: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/03/how-to-format-query-letter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NathanBransford+%28Nathan+Bransford+-+Literary+Agent%29
* Start your stories with action is bad advice: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/03/11/TheBiggestBadAdviceAboutStoryOpenings.aspx
* Structuring your agent pitch: http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2010/03/pitching-to-agents-how-to-throw-fiction.html
* Writing specific queries: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/03/secret-strength-of-killer-queries.html
* Myth-busting--How recent pro authors broke in: http://jimhines.livejournal.com/496760.html and http://jimhines.livejournal.com/497092.html


Featured Market
Crossed Genres is holding the Science in My Fiction contest to counter the claim that science fiction is obsolete and no longer needs science.

Here’s how it works: Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year. It can’t be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories.

We’ll be looking for thoughtful, creative and well-researched application of science to a story. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your plot or characters, though! The best entries will be those which use science to enhance the plot, setting and characters, rather than dominate them.

The basics: science fiction, 2,500 - 10,000 words, no reprints, submit April 1st - June 30th. 1st prize = $250, 2nd = $100, 3rd = $50.

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.



Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

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03/15/2010 Market List Update


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.

http://twitter.com/thaumatrope/status/9347673982

http://twitter.com/thaumatrope/status/10535596412



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.



Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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02/15/2010 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 03/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#021510

Editor's Note
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/

Featured Market
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.



Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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01/16/2010 Market List Update

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 02/15/2010.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#011610

Editor's Note
I've always been proud of my ability to get the rough draft written without being afraid of writing crap and without necessarily "feeling inspired." (Inspiration comes with effort, not vice versa.) I only recently realized that I've fallen into another similar trap--the "I can't write under these circumstances" trap. Sure, I get my best writing done in large chunks of time, in relative isolation, with a particular story soundtrack, cats to pet, and a mug of tea. That doesn't mean I can't or shouldn't write under other circumstances if I'm not going to get "ideal" writing time. 100 words written longhand on the bus here, 100 words typed into google docs during downtime there--and I'll end up with a short story.

Writing in two different mediums means that there are bits in between left out that I'll need to write in later, as I type the whole thing up. And writing longhand means when I know how a later scene goes, or how an earlier scene *should* go, I have to put in a little section break with a note about where that bit should go. In short, it's something of a mess, but it's getting a story written.

It's good that I've realized I need to produce more short stories even under difficult circumstances, since I seem to be getting a number of them published recently. My short fantasy science fiction story, "A Phoenix By Any Other Name," is now up at Short-Story.me! It's a quick, free read. This is an older story of mine that I revamped and sent out, and I'm quite pleased it's found a home.

Excerpt:

"I need a creature that none have seen, and it should be wild and impressive to the eye. It must be perfect. I am hosting a party, and I intend it to be an occasion that people will speak of for months. It occurred to me that a live, exotic creature would add a touch of novelty." Lupant looked down his nose at his surroundings, as if doubting such a thing could be found here.

"Certainly, sir," Bruant said. "Let me show you our stock." He gestured to the store window, where two rigid gray lizards balanced upright on the tips of their tails, their eyes closed, their forelegs crossed over their chests. "These tomb-lizards are from the planet Cassial. They are known as tomb-lizards because of the resemblance between their dormant state and gravestones: the gray color, the posture--"

"Do they do anything interesting?"

Bruant blinked. "Every half-hour, they revive, change to their normal color, and run around frantically for about ten minutes."

"In other words, no."

Read more.

Things Shiny or Useful

* On book readings: http://aprilhenry.livejournal.com/663262.html
* Kelly Carmichael's comprehensive and step-by-step guide to writing a synopsis: http://www.kathycarmichael.com/articles-and-seminars/articles-and-workshops/general-fiction-synopsis/general-fiction-synopsis-seminar/
* Computer wallpapers with writerly quotes: http://www.writersdigest.com/bonus-wallpaper
* 20 min technique-heavy video, really worth watching, about marketing on the internet (based on non-fiction book marketing, but applies to fiction or other endeavors). Good enough to be added to my "to do once novel published" file: http://timferriss.posterous.com/tim-ferriss-how-to-create-a-global-phenomenon
* Deepen your scenes: http://gideonsway.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/deepening-your-scenes/
* How to personalize your revision checklist (This motivated me to start my own revision checklist): http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-personalize-your-revision-checklist/
* Encouraging and useful video of 28 authors giving writing advice--set to music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqVEoKu7AZE
* Fully Exploiting a Character's First Scene: http://acrowesnest.blogspot.com/2009/10/marianna-pleased-to-meet-you-fully.html
* How writing is like running (and yes, for me it's this exactly): http://blog.writersdigest.com/mfaconfidential/The+Wind+In+My+Face+The+Play+In+Writing.aspx
* "Ten Mistakes Writers Don't See:" http://www.holtuncensored.com/hu/the-ten-mistakes/
* Avoid using the wrong cliche: http://peadarog.livejournal.com/79367.html
* A humorous guide to avoiding misspellings: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling


Featured Market
Realms of Fantasy is a professional market for all types of fantasy and the "unclassifiable."

Stories should be no longer than 10,000 words, and can address any area in the realms of fantasy: heroic, contemporary, traditional, feminist, dark, light, and the ever-popular “unclassifiable.” What we do not want to see is standard SF (this means no alien worlds, no hard-edged technology, no FTL drives, etc.)  Additionally, ROF is not a market for poetry.  What we do want to see is the very best in the field—Realms of Fantasy is a highly competitive market.

The basics: Fantasy and unclassifiable, 0 - 10,000 words, pay begins at $.06/word (less for > 7,500 words, more for professional writers), accepts snail mail submissions only.

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.



Aswiebe's Market List

  • Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
  • If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
  • To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!
  • If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!
  • Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
  • To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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12/15/2009 Market List Update

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 01/15/2010. (2010!)
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive.html#121509


Editor's Note

This has been a good month for my stories! I've had a number of stories accepted, and my first pro-level publication was in this month's Baen's Universe. Go here to read "Salvaging Scottwell," my story about an obsolete police dog robot that gets an upgrade with unintended consequences to the Powers That Be.

Excerpt:
Max woke up inside his kennel, unplugged his tail from the wall, and ran an automatic systems check. Recharging his battery had taken a half-hour longer than last month. He connected to the BigDog network so that he could send an error report about the battery. The automated reply told him that his error report had been filed, and a handler would contact him if any further action was required. The last handler contact recorded in Max's memory log was three years old.

He limped to the door of the jailhouse. His right third leg had broken down two years ago. It had taken three weeks for his movement pattern to functionally reform, but he still limped. His speed was a fraction of his original specifications. His right second leg couldn't provide the same motive power. It had been designed for stability, not speed.

He stepped out into Scottwell neighborhood to begin his patrol. His tail wagged once. Scottwell was more than just the neighborhood that he guarded; it was as much a part of him as his paws. When he kept himself and his neighborhood protected and well-maintained, he was a Good Boy.

His tail drooped. He hadn't been a Good Boy for a long time.

Read more.

Less happily, I also learned that a couple of my emails were snagged in people's spam filters. To help prevent this, please add this email to your contacts list and, should one appear in your spam folder, mark it 'not spam.' Thanks!

Things Shiny or Useful

* The role of a sex scene and how to write one: http://storytellersunplugged.com/blog/2009/11/23/love-and-war/
* How to respond to a manuscript critique/editorial letter: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/11/how-to-respond-to-manuscript.html
* http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2008/09/show-dont-tell-exposed.html
* Top Ten Reasons Your Editor Doesn't Love What Your Critique Group Does: http://edittorrent.blogspot.com/2009/11/top-ten-reasons-editor-doesnt-love-what.html
* Performance advice from a poet: http://inktea.com/2009/12/07/performance-advice/
* Ann Leckie on how to "write better": http://ann-leckie.livejournal.com/141905.html
* http://lifehacker.com/5303204/top-10-productivity-basics-explained
* Locus' list of genre convention events, by date: http://www.locusmag.com/Conventions.html
* Dealing with the "Too Many Ideas" Syndrome: http://writersdigest.com/article/too-many-ideas-syndrome/ To this I add, ubiquitous capture allows me to keep the the ideas from overwhelming me, and tagging them gives me a nice sorting system to find them later.
*http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/Agent+Paige+Wheeler+On+Her+10+Pieces+Of+Advice+For+A+Successful+AgentAuthor+Relationship.aspx
* Three things to look out for while revising: http://karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com/2009/11/end-is-really-beginning-by-helen-ginger.html
* Use conflict in your novel query: http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2007/03/give-me-conflict.html
* Pace Charts: http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/?p=1937

Featured Market
Roar of the Crowd Anthology just extended their submission deadline to 01/31/2010. This means they haven't gotten enough submissions of the kind they want, which makes it a great time for you to submit a story to them. They want stories of historically real war games or games of violence, with fantastical elements.

These are the tales of ancient cultures locked in mock battles of deadly intent; of forgotten generations playing violent games in lieu of warfare; of individuals vying to the death for the favors of rulers and lovers. These are the tales of the games where winning is survival – and where the crowd determines all. These are historically real games** from real cultures, but fantastical elements are required! The crowd must be involved: Either the game carries into the crowd or the crowd overwhelms the gamers. The crowd is the key: your story cannot be told the same minus the crowd.

The basics: Fantasy, 5,000 - 15,000 (flexible), pays $.01 - $.03/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.



Aswiebe's Market List

Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
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11/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 12/15/2009.


Editor's Note

You may recall back in August, right after I had knee surgery, I talked about choosing an anthology and writing a story to submit to it. I was in a fair amount of pain and heavily drugged, and I could only write tiny amounts at a time. My point was that even when you can only do a little bit, it's worth doing instead of giving up. Well, they accepted it! "Missing You in Pieces" will be published in the upcoming Dead Bells anthology.

This month I've been thinking a lot about motivation and production goals when writing. I read an article about setting achievable goals that resonated. Writing is one of those things that there's always more of, and it's easy to feel like the only way to get a break from it is to procrastinate. The article makes the excellent point that instead of a to-do list, perhaps what we need is a done-after list: a set of easily achievable goals after which we are guilt-free done for the day. Step one is figuring out what achievable goals actually are--how long certain tasks take. I've been trying it out. Counter-intuitively, by trying to do less, I'm getting more done. As in all things, YMMV.

Things Shiny or Useful

* Tips on reading your writing aloud: http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/reading-aloud/
* 20 tips on query letters: http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/PermaLink,guid,d2d3d106-8d27-4698-aa25-3df73e67f73e.aspx
* A detailed approach to self-editing, plus, um, scarf stuff! http://naturalartificial.blogspot.com/2009/10/scarf-weather-answers-part-eleven.html
* Write characters, not Mary Sues: http://bethanyharvey.com/blog/posts/2007/07/write-characters-not-mary-sues/
* On Outlines, Peskiness of: http://ilona-andrews.livejournal.com/384315.html
* Turn Your Book Into An IPhone App: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2009/10/23/TurnYourBookIntoAnIPhoneApp.aspx
* Step-by-step guide to self-editing plot: http://www.writersdigest.com/upload/images/PDF/Revising%20Plot.pdf
* Common themes in a prompt-based short story contest (I always find these fascinating--it's good to know the common paths writers' minds take, so I can make my stories more unique): http://writersweekly.com/the_latest_from_angelahoycom/005676_10282009.html
* What to do if your story is used without permission: http://writersweekly.com/ask_the_expert/005679_10282009.html

Featured Market
Beneath Ceaseless Skies wants character-focused literary adventure fantasy set in other worlds.

We want stories set in what Tolkien called a "secondary world": some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a "pre-tech" level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that's not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.

The inhabitants of this secondary world should have developed their own culture in response to the uniqueness of their world. The characters should fit this culture, and the qualities of the secondary world should have some bearing on the plot.

...We prefer styles that are literary but readable. We love gorgeous, poetic prose, but in genre fiction it's vital that the style be clear enough so the reader can understand what's happening. Our favorite prose styles are lush but still clear.

...We prefer stories that are as original as possible, particularly in the setting. We are unlikely to enjoy stories featuring elements we have seen repeatedly, such as elves or barbarian swordsmen or an opening scene in a fantasy tavern, unless they present that element in a unique new way.

The basics: Fantasy, prefers less than 10,000 words, no reprints, pays $.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.



Aswiebe's Market List

Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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10/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 11/15/2009.


Editor's Note

This month I have three personal announcements!

First, my annual contest for speculative holiday works, Spec the Halls, is coming up soon! Beginning November 1st, you post your holiday-themed science fiction, fantasy, or horror creation on your blog or website, I link to all entries, and I give a prize to the one I like best. Reprints are just fine.

Second, this November, I'm planning on doing--not NaNoWriMo, but Nano WriMo. I'll be writing a steampunky sci-fi story in daily Twitter installments at http://twitter.com/cloudscudding. Or I might set it up in its own Twitter feed. Thoughts?

Third, "The Radiator Burped," my comedy/horror modern fantasy about a gay man looking for just the right person to split the rent with is now out in the free PDF fall issue of Strange, Weird and Wonderful Magazine.


Excerpt:
Eric chewed on his pencil as he re-wrote his ad. GPM seeks N/S housemate(s) for spacious two-bedroom . . . but he didn't want a pair of newlyweds. If he wanted cooing doves, he could have gotten them from his second-to-last boyfriend, the pet store owner.

Uniquely decorated . . . because his third-to-last boyfriend had wanted to be an interior decorator and had thought that psychedelic flower wallpaper best expressed Eric's artistic personality. Add in Eric's practice of displaying his paintings in progress, and sometimes the apartment hosted kaleidoscopic clashes of color and style.

Fully furnished apt. with washer/dryer . . . though the dryer had a tendency to shrink laundry, especially expensive shirts, which was the final straw for his last boyfriend, and the reason Eric couldn't pay rent.

None of the respondents to his last ad had seemed quite right . . . in the head.

"Hi! This is Eric. Please leave a message after the beep."

Things Shiny or Useful

* There was a recent study in which it was found that people lying down take it less personally when they're insulted. Gives a whole new meaning to, "Take it lying down," doesn't it? And it maybe also means that reading story critiques while lying down is a good idea!

* This is an article I plan on rereading frequently as I write--4 Techniques to Fire Up Your Fiction: http://writersdigest.com/article/4-techniques-to-fire-up-your-fiction

* Zen in the Art of a Kiss and a Dream: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2009/09/04/ZenInTheArtOfAKissAndADream.aspx

* An atmospheric explanation of why setting is important: http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=57805

* On novel wordcount: http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/Word+Count+For+Novels+And+Childrens+Books+The+Definitive+Post.aspx

* Slush Reading, Seuss Style: http://jimhines.livejournal.com/467074.html

* Thought-provoking article about (the lack of) writing interpersonal relationships in SF: http://critters.org/rel/rel.ht

Featured Market
The Enchanted Conversation is a market for fairytales retold. Each issue is themed to a particular fairytale. Note that they are currently not accepting submissions for their next issue, which is on the Sleeping Beauty theme. Upcoming themes include "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid," and "Hansel and Gretel."

The basics: fairytale retellings, up to 2,500 words, no reprints, also accepts non-fiction and poetry, and pays $.04/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.

New, Changed, and Dead




Aswiebe's Market List

Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!



Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

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09/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 10/15/2009.


Editor's Note

Is it September already? Really? Where did August go? I don't know where time goes or what it does once it gets there, but I do know I'd never be able to keep track of it without help. In the spreadsheet I use to track submissions, I always put in the date that the market's guidelines say I should expect a response by. And once a piece is accepted and published, I make sure to put a note in my Google calendar to tell me when I'm allowed to start shopping the reprint around. It's hard enough to get published as it is, without letting stories languish on my hard drive! (And yes, there are stories languishing as I type.)

Now that we're in September, remember that publications are buying for their Christmas issues. This is when you want to polish up that heartwarming winter story and send it out. Hmm. I think I have one of those languishing on my hard drive.

Things Shiny or Useful
* MPR discussion of the Google book settlement (podcast). I was undecided about the settlement before listening and am now tentatively in favor. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112856557&ft=1&f=5

* The 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing: http://writersdigest.com/article/the-7-biggest-myths-of-publishing-know-the-truth

* An interview about storytelling with Robert McKee: http://www.storylink.com/article/321

* Editing: http://storyfix.com/how-to-cut-your-manuscript-by-20-and-love-it - Quite interesting. Basically, every scene should have a goal of conveying certain information. Where is that conveyed? Got it? Good, then cut everything else in that scene.

* Ken Schneyer's Clarion reports: http://ken-schneyer.livejournal.com/18265.html. For writing tips, check out the "Week Three Report" as well as the "Some Writing Wisdom..." posts.

* How to support an author friend: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/53857827.html



Featured Market
Sniplits is an audio publishing market that accepts stories from most genres. Each genre has different submission periods. They read horror in August, February, and March; SF/F is read September, October, March, and April.

What we're hoping you'll send us is a compelling story with good pacing, fully realized characters, fresh imagery, and engaging dialog. We only select stories that will translate well into audio, so please don't send us an experimental story with a 3-page opening sentence. You would kill our narrators.

The basics: all genres, limited submission periods, print/web reprints okay, and the pay scale is complicated but averages out to about $.015/wd + royalties.

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.

New, Changed, and Dead



Aswiebe's Market List

Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market on this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!



Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists


08/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 09/15/2009.


Editor's Note

Never think that circumstances mean that you can't write. They might mean that you write less, or that you have to focus on shorter projects, but they never mean you can't write at all. Especially never allow yourself to think, "Well, I'm too [fill in excuse here] to write, so there's no reason to try." Give it an honest try and you'll be surprised.

A couple of weeks ago, I had knee surgery to replace a torn ACL. I couldn't sit in a chair. I was under the influence of painkillers. I slept an awful lot. Just as I was starting to sleep less and get a little bit done, some neighbor kids knocked on our door and handed us a very, very tiny kitten to take care of. Tiny kittens need a lot of being taken care of, and I was the one who was home all day.

Not the best writing circumstances. I didn't trust myself to do my best work, so I stayed away from my larger writing projects. Instead, I started work on a short story. It was slower going than usual, but I'm just about to finish it. And--surprise!--I'm quite happy with the results. I picked an anthology with a specific theme (because that right there increases the odds of a story that fits being accepted). I played with story structure as a necessary part of the plot. Even if it doesn't get accepted, I'll have an interesting story written. I'll call that a win.

Things Shiny or Useful

* Resources to write better: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/28/50-free-resources-that-will-improve-your-writing-skills/

* Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character: http://writersdigest.com/article/weave-in-backstory-to-reveal-character/

* Good, concrete suggestions on building a platform: http://writersdigest.com/article/how-to-build-a-marketing-platform/

* Making your writing exciting at the sentence level: http://ow.ly/iuk4

*Patricia C. Wrede's excellent and comprehensive discussion of questions to possibly consider when fantasy world-building: http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

* How to Prevent Reader Boredom in Your Novel (Plot-Protagonist Secret #1): http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2009/07/22/HowToPreventReaderBoredomInYourNovelPlotProtagonistSecret1.aspx

* The danger in following the rules too closely: http://blog.bookviewcafe.com/2009/07/16/on-rules-of-writing-or-riffing-on-rechy/

* The myth of the muse: http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/505990.html

* 18 minutes to stay on track: http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/bregman/2009/07/an-18minute-plan-for-managing.html

* What to consider when you get the important call saying that they want to publish your book: http://romanticreads.net/2009/06/09/getting-the-call/


Featured Market
Baconology is a new anthology from the Library of Horror that's looking for bacon-themed horror. Mm, bacon.

Bacon has long been a staple in our breakfast diet, so it’s time bacon gets its due in literature – with a horror twist! Write a terrifying tale, from 1K-5K words, where bacon is the star of the show! Let’s not just make it fun, but a wee-bit unpredictable (no bacon kills because of the cholesterol – positive portrayals of bacon are encouraged). Remember, as a Library of Horror production there needs to be an element of horror, but good sense of humor and a dose of the surreal are appreciated. Other traditional monsters are allowed as long as bacon is a major component of the story (and yes, let’s make sure they are stories with a beginning, middle, and end).

The basics: horror (humorous a plus), 1,000 - 5,000 words, pays $.01/wd, doesn't specify if reprints are okay.

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, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, and look at the entries changed since 07/15/2008.

New, Changed, and Dead




Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!


Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists


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07/16/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 08/15/2009.


Editor's Note

This month has been hectically busy, between family obligations, appointments, photography assignments, and conventions! That's right--conventions. If you're a fantasy/science fiction writer or fan, you're probably aware that there are a ton of great conventions all over the world. Some of them specialize, some of them generalize. Some of them are great for panels, some for costuming, and some for--well, pretty much whatever you can think of, and a few things you wished you hadn't. This year I attended three local-ish ones: 4th Street Fantasy, Wiscon, and CONvergence.

End result? Lots of food for thought--and no time to think. Hopefully I'll remember to go back and re-read my notes and ponder some of the philosophies and experiment with the techniques that were discussed. First, of course, I have to actually finish writing up my rather extensive panel notes.

Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Things Shiny or Useful
* Article on the 1,000 True Fans marketing model, with useful resources: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/03/1000_true_fans.php/
* Recommended writing books--I can vouch for The Writers Guide to Life in the Wild West and On Writing: http://bookstove.com/non-fiction/five-good-books-about-genre-writing-by-actual-authors/
* Perceiving the foundation of storytelling: http://www.storyispromise.com/wfound.htm (via There Are No Rules' best tweets post at http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/).
* A simple productivity improvement trick, but useful for writing--I find the two overlap often: http://lifedev.net/2007/05/prepare-for-your-next-task-before-you-take-a-break/
* To people who can't stick with a story all the way through, ever: http://suricattus.livejournal.com/1085652.html


Featured Market
The Weird Enclaves and Black Pits Anthology is looking for adventure stories!

"Heroic fantasy, S&S, dark fantasy, historical fantasy, sword & sandal, sword & planet, post-apoc and old-school weird are all welcome, as are innovative variations on same."

Submission basics: Less than 10,000 words. Reprints accepted. First prize is $100; second prize is $60; third prize is $30. Honorable mentions will be published without payment. Submissions due by Halloween 2009 (10/31/2009).


Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, and look at the entries changed since 06/15/2008.

New

Books for Monsters (http://booksformonsters.com/submissions/)

Einstein's Pocket Watch (http://peafant.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/)

Emerald Tales (http://www.scribblersandinkspillers.com/submissions.html)

Match-That-Artwork AnthologyBuilder's ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 09/20/2009 (http://www.anthologybuilder.com/match-that-artwork.php)

Shantytown Anomaly, The (http://theshantytownanomaly.blogspot.com/)

Spiney MONTHLY CONTEST - CONTINUOUS ENTRY (http://www.spinetinglerspublishing.com/index.php?page=cdetail&id=6)

Weird Enclaves and Black Pits CONTEST – DUE 10/31/2009 (http://www.fightonmagazine.com/FOMag_FictionContest.html)

Whispering Dragons Digital Magazine Flash Fiction CONTEST – DUE 08/31/2009 (http://whisperingdragons.dragynspice.com/flashfictionguidelines.html)

Witches ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FILLED (http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2009/06/08/witches-anthology-taking-submissions/page1/)

Zahir (http://www.zahirtales.com/guidelines.html)

Zombonauts (http://libraryofthelivingdead.lefora.com/2009/05/30/zombonauts-zombies-in-space-a-new-antho-by-lotld/page1/)

Changed

Micro Award ANNUAL CONTEST – 10/01 - 12/31 (http://www.microaward.com/)

Shine ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 08/01/2009 (http://shineanthology.wordpress.com/category/guidelines/)

Talebones - becoming an annual anthology (http://www.ralan.com/pay/listings/docs/talebones.htm)

Tangled Bank, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 09/15/2009 (http://thetangledbank.com/guidelines/)

Dead

Cabinet des Fees

Noctober

Scatterbrain

Sonar4 Mag



Links
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!


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06/14/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 07/15/2009.


Editor's Note

One of the difficulties of being a writer may be the never-ending list of things to do. Sure, you may finish writing that story, but then it's time to write something else, or edit it, or do market research, or get your submissions out, or do critiques for your writing group. That's even without looking at your to-do list for non-writing projects. Sometimes trying to figure out what should get done next can become paralyzing.

I think I may have found the solution: flip a coin or roll some dice.

You'll get more done, because you won't waste time dithering. You'll probably even be happier--the latest scientific studies show that people are happier with quick, arbitrary, and irrevocable choices than they are when they have more time and options to choose. (Scary, isn't it?) The novelty of doing things in a different and unpredictable way can also shake up your creativity and make your everyday routine more interesting. Of course, you should always do what's most urgent/important first, but if you've got more than one thing at the same level? Flip a coin!

I've been trying out this approach, and it's rather freeing. I've also gotten some things done that have been on my to-do list for a long time. It's a good feeling.

Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!



Things Shiny or Useful
*Nathan Bransford's Article about when and how to re-query: http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2009/05/re-re-querying-redux.html
* A handy trick for figuring out when to use who or whom: http://blog.writersdigest.com/qq/Who+Vs+Whom.aspx
* What this writer sees her job as: http://matociquala.livejournal.com/1627470.html
* Good insights into what editors at the top-notch publications think makes a great story: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/editors_interview/
* Experiments in story promotion - http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/477013.html
* Agent's advice database: http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2009/06/writing-advice-database.html

Featured Market

The Way of the Wizard Anthology is looking for stories about magic-users, especially unique ones. (http://www.johnjosephadams.com/?p=1760)

Story Guidelines
(a) The story should be about a wizard, witch, sorcerer, sorceress, of some kind (basically, any sort of user of magic).
(b) The fact that the story has wizards in it should be vital to the story, i.e., magic should be an important factor in the resolution of the plot.
(c) The wizards should be literal, in that they do actual magic, not like a pinball wizard or something like that.
(d) I’m interested in all types of wizard tales, but am especially interested in seeing some stories that explore the idea of wizardry from a non-traditional viewpoint–i.e., something based on the Chilean Kalku or on the supernatural practices of other cultures.
(e) The story may be set in a secondary world, the real world, the present, or in a historical time period…let your imagination run wild.

Submission basics: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror. Any word length but less than 5,000 words strongly preferred. Pays $.05/word + royalties + contrib copy. No reprints. Reading period July 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010.


Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, and look at the entries changed since 05/15/2008.

Market News

SpecFicWorld, publisher of the Weirducopia, Paradise Lost, and Weird Westerns Anthologies, lost all its submissions due to computer problems and is asking people to re-submit.

New

Clockwork Phoenix 3 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2009 - 11/15/2009 (http://www.clockworkphoenix.com/#guidelines)

Dark Faith: The Mo*Con ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/01/2009 (http://www.mauricebroaddus.com/2009/05/mocon-anthology-guidelines)

Science Fiction Trails (http://www.sciencefictiontrails.com/whats_new.html)

Way of the Wizard, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/01/2009 - 03/31/2010 (http://www.johnjosephadams.com/?p=1760)

Weirducopia ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 08/15/2009 (http://www.specficworld.com/fiction/guides/weirducopia.aspx)

Weird Westerns ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 08/15/2009 (http://www.specficworld.com/fiction/guides/weird-westerns.aspx)

Risen from the Dead

Hypersonic Tales (http://www.hypersonictales.com/hypersonic2/index.php?slab=submissions-and-guidelines)

Changed

Cabinet des Fees (http://cabinet-des-fees.com/index.php/submissions/) - increased pay rate, story length!

Ray Gun Revival (http://www.raygunrevival.com/guidelines.html) - lowered pay rate.

Dead

Lone Star Stories (http://ericmarin.livejournal.com/173786.html)

Paradox (http://forum.sfreader.com/default.aspx?f=13&m=97548)

Retroactive Science Fiction (did not receive stories that matched guidelines)

Removed Because No Longer Pays

Pantechnicon (http://pantechnicon.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=38)





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05/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 06/15/2009.


Editor's Note

This month, I had one of the most frustrating (software) experiences imaginable. For the last couple of years, I've used OpenOffice, a free open-source word processor. I work in their format and then save the document in whatever format the editor wants before submitting--usually doc or rtf. I recently had occasion to open up one of those old rtf documents, and what I discovered was disheartening. OpenOffice was not saving the formatting correctly. It only preserved line spacing for the first couple of paragraphs, and if there was any bold or italics in a paragraph, it bolded or italicized the whole paragraph. The alignment got messed up occasionally too. Any writer who's tinkered to get the spacing and the emphasis and the headers exactly the way an editor wants them knows how bad this is. I'm trying very hard not to think about how this must have reflected on my submissions.



AbiWord, another free word processor, can open OpenOffice docs and save them in rtf, preserving the line spacing and emphasis. Woo-hoo! But it had trouble preserving headers. However, if you delete out the headers before you open it in AbiWord and then add the headers in, everything's fine. But, if you then open up the rtf version in OpenOffice or Word, it puts the headers in on the first page too. It's still the best bet for (free) appropriate formating, though. And yes, I'm giving in and acquiring Word, which will presumably save rtf just fine.

The moral of the story is that when you're saving something in another format, you should always open it up and check to see what it looks like--preferably in a couple of different programs.

Learn from my mistake.
Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Things Shiny or Useful
* Writing-World feature article, "Music to Write By" (http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/2009/WW09-09.shtml). I use music to set the writing mood, but the idea of "anchoring" is a new and interesting one. Now I just need to figure out what my starting song should be.
* "Twelve Blunders: How Aspiring Writers Get It Wrong" by Jack McDevitt, via Maggie on the MinnSpec Meetup board: (http://www.sfwa.org/members/mcdevitt/12Blunders.html)
* Ahmed A. Khan's article about lateral thinking for story generation (http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/2009/WW09-08.shtml).
* Mur Lafferty's "I Should Be Writing" podcast (http://isbw.murlafferty.com/). It's a friendly, approachable podcast that would be great for beginning writers, but is entertaining for (slightly) more advanced ones as well.


Featured Market

Panverse One is the first volume of a planned series of all-novella anthologies.

What we're looking for:

Pro-level novellas of between 15,000 and 40,000 words. Stories should be Science Fiction (any flavor) or Fantasy (except Heroic/High/Superhero/S&S). We'll also look at Magic Realism, Alternate History, and Slipstream (whatever that is). The story should be original and unpublished in any medium (this includes web publication).

What we don't want:

High Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Horror, RPG, superhero, or shared-universe stuff, etc. Vampires or Cthulhu stories are strongly discouraged unless you've done something absolutely original with either theme. No gratuitous or wildly excessive sex or violence: what this means is that sex or violence which serves the plot is okay, within limits; the same goes for language. Think R-rated rather than XXX-rated.


Submission basics: Science fiction or some types of fantasy (see above), 15,000-40,000 words. Pays $60 + 2 hardback comp copies. No reprints. Closes to submissions 09/30/2009 or when filled.


Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, and look at the entries changed since 04/15/2008.

New

Bucket o' Guts Press (http://bucketoguts.wordpress.com/guidelines/)

Butterfly Affects, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/31/2009 (http://atomjackmagazine.com/butterfly_affects_gls.html)

Flash Scribe (http://flashscribe.net/?page_id=3)

Horror Library Vol 4 ANTHOLOGY - DUE WHEN FILLED (end of 2009) (http://cuttingblock.net/submissions.html#hl4)

I, Executioner ANTHOLOGY (Rymfire Books) – DUE 06/15/2009 – 08/15/2009 (http://rymfireebooks.com/submissions.html)

Kid's Ark, The (http://www.thekidsark.com/guidelines.htm)

M-Brane SF Queer ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/15/2009 (http://mbranesf2.blogspot.com/)

NewFoundSpecFic - BI-ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/06 & ? (http://www.newfoundspecfic.com/submissions.html)

Niteblade #2 (as yet untitled) ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2009 (http://niteblade.com/dec09anthology.htm)

Out of Order ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/31/2009 (http://eposic.org/submissions/fiction.php)

Panverse One ANTHOLOGY - DUE 09/30/2009 (may close early) (http://www.panversepublishing.com/subs.htm)

Revenant ANTHOLOGY (Rymfire Books) – DUE 06/01/2009 – 08/01/2009 (http://rymfireebooks.com/submissions.html)

Review Fuse Short Story Writing CONTEST - DUE 06/27/2009

(http://www.reviewfuse.com/blog/2009/04/novelette-writing-contest-june-2009/)

State of Horror: Louisiana (Rymfire Books) ANTHOLOGY – DUE 07/01/2009 – 09/01/2009 (http://rymfireebooks.com/submissions.html)

Steampunk Magazine (http://www.steampunkmagazine.com/inside/deadlines-submissions/)

Tweet the Meat (http://tweetthemeat.blogspot.com/)

Writing Shift (http://writingshift.com/guidelines.html)

Changed

Dark Recesses (http://darkrecesses.com/submissions/)

Drabblecast (http://web.me.com/normsherman/Site/Submission_Guidelines.html)

Pedestal Magazine (http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submitguidelines.php)

Silver Blade - added novellas (http://www.silverblade.net/about4.html)

Tower of Light Fantasy Magazine (http://www.tolfantasy.com/)

No Longer Pays

Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens (http://www.absurdistjournal.com/guidelines.htm)

Dead

The Maguszine





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04/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 05/15/2009.


Editor's Note

 
Sometimes life doesn't provide regularly scheduled blocks of uninterrupted time to write. Okay, most of the time! And sometimes other things happen that throw our planned productivity off.

Last week, I seriously injured my knee. I tire easily now. It's not comfortable sitting at a desk for very long. Painkillers leave me fuzzy-headed and prone to dropping words from sentences (not minor words either--it's the strangest thing).

I've been here before. The trick is to not let yourself give up. You can't let changed circumstances be your excuse for not getting anything done. You may get less done; it may not be up to your usual standards. But no matter what your situation is, it is still possible to write, to revise, and to submit.
 
Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!



Things Shiny or Useful
* Writer's Digest Excerpt from The Fire in Fiction, about creating memorable and powerful secondary characters by how you portray others being affected by them: http://writersdigest.com/article/fire_in_fiction_excerpt/
* One of Bruce Sterling's versions of the hilarious Turkey City Lexicon: http://w2.eff.org//Misc/Publications/Bruce_Sterling/paradigms_workshop_sterling.lexicon. Necessary reading for any SF/F writer, still useful for a non-genre writer, and funny reading for SF/F fans.
* A list of links to articles about building an audience: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/HardCore+Tactics+For+Authors+Developing+Audience.aspx


Featured Market

Shadows of the Emerald City (http://jwschnarr.webs.com/submissions.htm) is an anthology of horror fiction based on The Wizard of Oz.

Like all fairy tales, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has one foot rooted in the fantastic, and the other foot planted in blood. There are some very adult themes taken lightly in this novel, themes of child abduction, murder, cannibalism, torture, witchcraft, and more. Shadows DO fall in the Emerald City, and where they are their darkest is where you will find the true terror of Oz.

What we want to see are horror stories based on the world of Oz.

Submission basics: Horror, less than 10,000 words (flexible). Pays $20. Reprints OK. Submission period ends 07/31/2009.


Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, and look at the entries changed since 03/16/2008.

New

Cheer Up Universe ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 06/30/2009 (http://community.livejournal.com/specficmarkets/217393.html)

Christmas in Outer Space ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 08/15/2009 (http://whortleberrypress.com/writersguidelines.html)

Damnation Books (http://www.damnationbooks.com/)

Dead Worlds: Undead Stories ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 06/30/2009 (http://www.livingdeadpress.com/submissions.php)

Demons: A Clash of Steel ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 06/15/2009 (http://www.roguebladesentertainment.com/2009/04/open-submissions-demons-a-clash-of-steel-anthology/)

Heavy Metal Horror ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/15/2009 - 07/15/2009 (http://rymfireebooks.livejournal.com/2837.html)

It Was a Dark and Stormy Halloween ANTHOLOGY – DUE 06/15/2009 (http://whortleberrypress.com/writersguidelines.html)

Loki's Journal (http://www.lokisjournal.com/?q=guidelines)

Residential Aliens (http://residentialaliens.blogspot.com/2007/06/submission-guidelines.html)

Sand: A Journal of Strange Tales (http://www.strangepublications.com/sandsubmissions.htm)

Shadows of the Emerald City ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/31/2009 (http://jwschnarr.webs.com/submissions.htm)

Sword & Sorceress ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 04/18 - 05/15 - (http://mzbworks.home.att.net/s24.htm)

Vermin ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 07/15/2009 (http://rymfireebooks.livejournal.com/2671.html)

 

Updated

Strange, Weird, and Wonderful (http://www.strangeweirdandwonderful.bravehost.com/SubmissionGuidelines.html)

 

Dead

Byzarium (http://www.byzarium.com/node/216)

From the Asylum (http://www.ralan.com/sfpay/listings/docs/fromasyl020409.htm)



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03/16/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 04/15/2009.


Editor's Note

You may remember my venture into self-imposed editing deadlines last month. So far, it's going well--as long as I'm not working full-time (I have an entirely unpredictable schedule at my day job). I'm about 1/3 of the way through my edits.

I also had unexpected good writing news this month. A couple of years ago, I had a story accepted by a publication with a really long publication lead time. I'd expected the story, "Periwinkle Eyes," to be published sometime in 2010, if that gives you any indication! However, it came out in this month's issue of Art Times. Unfortunately, it's distributed by subscription only outside the Northeast (New York and the like), but if you're in the area, pick up a copy and take a look!

Excerpt:
For our first session, she wore a white dress. Even if she hadn't told me, I think I would have guessed. The sound of her movements was stiffer, more abrupt, than when we’d first met. I link that sound to the color white, but maybe she was just shy. I feared she was a skeptic who thought my paintings were popular only for their novelty value.

“Isn’t it the most amazing thing, darling, the man who painted this is blind!”


Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Things Shiny or Useful
* 10 Disciplines for Fiction Writers (http://writersdigest.com/article/10_Disciplines_for_Fiction_Writers) - I think that particularly the making lists of rewards and goals would be a good thing for me.
* Article on contacting and following agents and editors on social networks (http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/PermaLink,guid,949f368f-9d02-4035-935e-ca9871e55685.aspx)
* Hilarious publishing 911 "transcript": http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2009/03/publishing-911.html
* Post about "The 5.75 questions you've been avoiding": http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/575+Questions+Youve+Been+Avoiding.aspx
* Via Nathan Bransford's post (http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2009/03/this-week-in-publishing_13.html), the wonderful Query Shark (http://queryshark.blogspot.com/).


Featured Market

The Tangled Bank anthology (http://thetangledbank.com/guidelines/) seeks fiction, artwork, poetry, and comics about evolution and Darwin.

This year marks 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin, and 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species. To mark the anniversaries, Tangled Bank Press invites submissions for The Tangled Bank, an e-anthology of speculative fiction, artwork, comics, and poetry exploring the legacy of Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution. Illuminate — or obscure — the line between the real and the fantastic. The fiction may be of any speculative genre or cross-genre; demand to be included by the quality of your submission. Artwork and poetry need not be strictly speculative in nature, but must engage with Charles Darwin or evolution. For more about what we’re looking for, see this post.

Explore the process of evolution in any of its forms. Breed us a story that engages the heart and the brain, a story that explores what evolution means to you, a story that evokes wonder or fear, laughter or despair. Take us on a voyage of discovery. Bring back specimens from old worlds, or new ones. Shine a light on dark corners. Illuminate what it means to be human, or inhuman. It could be a hard sf story, a contemporary tale of atheists and creationists, a magic realist story in Charles Darwin’s backyard, a myth of origin, a fairy tale, steampunk, cyberpunk, horror, new weird, old weird, or something entirely different.

Submission basics for fiction: All speculative fiction, 1,000-7,500 words. Pays AU$.01/wd + royalties. No reprints. Submission period 05/01/2009 - 06/30/2009


Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, and look at the entries changed since 02/16/2008.

New

14th Sam's Dot Drabble Contest, The ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 03/31/2009 (http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/drabbler/drabbler14.htm)

All About Eve ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 08/31/2009 (http://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/AllAboutEve.html)

April Devours May Flowers ONE-TIME CONTEST – DUE 03/20/2009 (http://www.snmhorrormag.com/snmsubmissions.htm)

Chimeraworld 6 New World Disorder ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED (http://www.horrorquarterly.com/chimericanabooks/cw6guidelines.html)

Destination: Future ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 03/01/2009 - 06/30/2009 (http://www.hadleyrillebooks.com/DestinationFutureSubs.html)

Ghost Stories and Unusual Tales ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/31/2009 (http://tampamarketingcompany.blogspot.com/2009/02/get-your-stories-published.html)

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/?page_id=39)

Hideous Evermore ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY – DUE 03/31/2009 (http://www.shadowcitypress.com/Submissions.htm)

Inclinations (http://inclinationshf.wordpress.com/contribute/)

Innsmouth Free Press (http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/submissions.html)

L&L Dreamspell Publishing (http://www.lldreamspell.com/Guidelines.htm)

New Bedlam Project, The (http://www.newbedlam.com/guidelines.html)

Side Show 2 ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE UNTIL FILLED (http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/sideshow2gl.htm)

Silent Character ONE-TIME CONTEST – DUE 04/15/2009 (http://www.readingwriters.com/contest.htm)

Skulls and Crossbones ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 09/01/2009 (http://mindancerpress.wordpress.com/books/skulls-and-crossbones/)

Tangled Bank, The ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 05/01/2009 - 06/30/2009 (http://thetangledbank.com/guidelines/)

Uncharted Sky Podcast (http://unchartedsky.com/?page_id=3)



Back From the Dead

Darwin's Evolutions (http://darwinsevolutions.com/wordpress/index.php/submissions-2/submissions/)



Changed

Dark Recesses (http://www.darkrecesses.com/SubInfo.htm)

Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The (http://dunesteef.com/submission-guidelines/)

Martian Wave, The (http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/tmw/guidelines.htm)

Necrotic Tissue (http://www.necrotictissue.com/subguid_O.html)

Sci Phi (http://sciphijournal.com/submission-guidelines/)

Silly Western ANTHOLOGY – DUE 08/01/2009 (http://residentialaliens.blogspot.com/2008/10/silly-western-antho-call-for.html) - deadline extended.



Dead

Cat Tales

Cats with Wings

Dark Krypt

Dreams & Visions

Gemini Novellas

Grendel Song

Thaneros

Yog's Notebook



Anthologies Now Closed to Submissions

Thoughtcrime Experiments



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02/15/2009 Market List Update


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 03/15/2009.


Editor's Note

Deadlines. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Pretend they don't exist and hope they go away? I usually fall into the last category, or at least I used to. Then I realized that when I picked a particular anthology to aim a story at, the story got written faster (so that I could get it in by the deadline), and the quality of my writing didn't suffer. So I'm experimenting in self-determined deadlines. I'm attending a number of conventions this summer, and I've set myself the goal of finishing the edits on my steampunk novel, Vicesteed, by that time. That's no small challenge. I hope that having a deadline will help me to get it finished. It might also just drive me crazy. Stay tuned, and find out which!

In other news, Allegory is now selling $2 PDFs of their past issues. This includes my eco-horror story, "Blood for Oil," in Volume 1/28.

Darren woke up disoriented. He wasn't in his bed. He was huddled in a blanket in the corner of his bedroom. His skin felt clammy. A nasty stench filled the room, an unholy mixture of sandalwood, a chemical reek that he almost recognized, and human sweat. He wrestled his way free of the blanket, stood, and gasped in shock at the sight the morning sunlight revealed. He might have insulted Serena by hustling her out the door after her shower, but he was very glad she'd gone.

A pool of black slime covered the bed. Footprints led from the bed to the shower. Everywhere he looked, he saw black marks.

Suddenly, a change of scenery sounded like a very good idea.
Read more by buying the Allegory issue.



Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Things Shiny or Useful
* A detailed guide to AP style: http://www.usu.edu/journalism/faculty/sweeney/resources/ap.htm
* Superpowers, psychotic persistence, and success in writing: http://jaylake.livejournal.com/1714876.html
* "Don't Wake Up The Programmer," an analogy to programming as dreaming, which also works well for writing: http://alexthunder.livejournal.com/309815.html

Featured Market

Brain Harvest Magazine (http://www.brainharvestmag.com/submit/) wants the weirdest, newest fruits of your brain-meats.

Lofty guidelines

We are those jaded motherfuckers who’ve seen everything. We worry about fiction. Where are the new ideas? Where’s the weird shit? What’s the future going to look like, and why will it matter? Please, surprise us. Shock us out of our ennui, and, like the iconic hooker with a heart of gold, or the free spirit w/terminal illness, help make our lives worth living again.

ADD guidelines

750 or fewer words. Weird. Surprising. Preferably no elves.

Concrete guidelines

Brain Harvest is looking for short fiction, 100 - 750 words. We want well-crafted, interesting stories that do not fall back on old, well-worn tropes—unless they have an interesting, bad-ass take on an old, well-worn trope.

We are a speculative fiction magazine, and while your submission should have speculative aspects we’re not looking for any particular genre — substance and execution are more important than subject matter. We are not particularly keen on elves or steampunk, but if you have something different to say that requires elves or steampunk, feel free to send it along.

Submission basics: All speculative fiction, 100-750 words. Pays $.05/wd. Reprints accepted, but paid at a lower rate.


Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, sort by date listing updated, and look at the entries changed since 01/16/2008.

New

Asimov's (http://www.asimovs.com/info/guidelines.shtml) - I can't believe I didn't have Asimov's listed before. I guess whenever I saw it, it was such a familiar name that I just assumed I'd included it. Thanks to Jordan Hartnett for pointing that out.

Brain Harvest (http://www.brainharvestmag.com/submit/)

Odyssey (http://www.cobblestonepub.com/guides_ody.html)

Outshine (http://shineanthology.wordpress.com/outshine-submission-guidelines/)

Return of the Raven (temp title) ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/31/2009 (http://www.horrorbound.com/readarticle.php?article_id=21)

Ruthless Peoples Magazine (RPM) (http://www.ruthlesspeoples.com/node/11)



Changed

Farrago's Waistcoat (http://www.farragoswainscot.com/submissions.html)

Silver Blade (http://www.silverblade.net/About3.html)



Dead

Astounding Tales

Book of Dark Wisdom - mysterious restructuring attempts, but no recent information.

Southern Fried Weirdness

Susurrus



Links
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01/16/2009 Market List Update

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be on 02/15/2009.

Editor's Note

I may be the only person in this economy who's turned down a promotion. There was an opening at my day job. Of course, it came with a significant catch. I would have had to switch from working part-time to working 40-60 hours/week plus 1 weekend out of 3. That would reduce my writing time quite significantly, and I would have to cut out other activities in order to be able to keep writing. It was hard to say no. I don't know how reliable my part-time job is going to be in the future. I don't know if my husband will continue being able to pay more than his share of the bills. I asked for his advice, expecting his response to be that considering the economy, blah blah blah, heating bill, blah blah blah--but no. He said I shouldn't take it, because writing was more important to me. So this time I successfully resisted the lure of stability and disposable income. I did not forsake my dreams.

I hope I can always remember to choose what is most important to me, instead of what seems most safe.

Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Things Shiny or Useful
* Great resolutions editorial under "The Same Old Tune" (http://www.aweber.com/z/article/?ffwsmallmarkets&ID=AEwMDJy0DIy0DJwEjCxcrCxcjIy0DKwA)
* Basic but useful post about re-querying an agent (http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/PermaLink,guid,a1d28158-be0b-4f49-bc80-65e2f4ee5d99.aspx)
* The Impotence of of Proofreading (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OonDPGwAyfQ)

Featured Market

The Special Sam's Dot Drabble Contest (http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/drabbler/specialdrabblecontest.htm)

A "drabble" is a very short story containing exactly 100 words...no more, no less. Its title is limited to 15 words, no more. And it is a story. Like any story, it requires correct spelling, grammar, a beginning, a denouement . . . it's a story.

The theme of the Special Sam's Dot Drabble Contest is: "Alien Sex Secrets: What Your Alien Lover Wants You To Do In Bed."


Science fiction, 100 words long. Pays $10 to the winner, $5 to the second placer, and $1 for other stories accepted for publication (about 30 more). The deadline has recently been extended to January 31st.

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, sort by date listing updated, and look at the entries changed since 12/16/2008.

New

2012AD ANTHOLOGY – DUE 04/15/2009 (http://www.severedpress.com/submissions.html#anthologies)

AnthologyBuilder (http://www.anthologybuilder.com)

Belong/A Place Called Home ANTHOLOGY – DUE 05/31/2009 (http://ticonderogapublications.com/publications/guidelines.html#belong)

Blackness Within, The ANTHOLOGY – DUE 03/01/2009 – until filled (http://deniltre.co.uk/blackness/)

Comet Press Dark Horror ANTHOLOGY – DUE 02/28/2009 (http://www.cometpress.us/guidelines/horroranthology2009.html)

Crime and Suspense (http://www.crimeandsuspense.com/guidelines.htm)

Crossed Genres (http://www.crossedgenres.com/submissions.htm)

Dead Bait ANTHOLOGY – DUE 03/23/2009 (http://www.severedpress.com/submissions.html#anthologies)

Dog Oil Press (http://www.dogoilpress.com/2009/01/faq-dog-oil-press.html)

Everyday Weirdness (http://everydayweirdness.com/submit/)

Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, The (http://bizarrocentral.com/magazine.asp)

Pseudopod (http://pseudopod.org/guidelines/)

Pump Up The Purse II CONTEST – DUE 04/15/2009 (http://www.rustyaxe.com/putp2/index.php)

Raw Terror ANTHOLOGY – DUE 02/29/2009 (http://www.readrawltd.co.uk/ReadRawPress.html)

Retroactive Science Fiction (http://retroactivesf.com/)

Sex with Bite - Vampire Erotica ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/01/2009 (http://www.erotica-readers.com/ERA/G/Sex_with_Bite.htm)

Silver Blade Garage Sale ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/02/2009 (http://www.silverblade.net/links.html)

SFZine (http://www.sfzine.org/blog1/)

Space Cops ANTHOLOGY – DUE 01/31/2009 (http://www.sciencefictiontrails.com/whats_new_1.html)
Special Sam's Dot Drabble CONTEST - DUE 01/31/2009 (http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/drabbler/specialdrabblecontest.htm)

Thaumatrope: The Twittering Ezine (http://thaumatrope.greententacles.com/submissions/)

Thoughtcrime Experiments ANTHOLOGY - DUE 03/31/2009 (http://thoughtcrime.crummy.com/)

Ticonderoga Online (http://ticonderogaonline.com/guidelines.php)

Triangulations: Dark Glass ANTHOLOGY – DUE 03/31/2009 (http://parsecink.org/staticpages/index.php/triangulation_09_guidelines)

Write What You Know CONTEST - DUE 01/31/2009 (http://www.crossedgenres.com/contest01.htm)

 

Changed

Demon Minds (http://www.demonminds.com/submissions.html)

Neon (http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/guidelines.htm)

Shroud Magazine (http://www.shroudmagazine.com/info.html)

 

Dead

Grim Graffiti

New Dawn Fades

On the Brighter Side

Raven Electrick

Renard's Menagerie

Worlds of Wonder

Written Word Online

 

Removed because no longer pays

Nautilus



Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!


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12/17/2008 Market List Update

Editor's Note
With Christmas season in full swing (and how did it get here so fast?), it feels a little like my writing time is running away from me--or turning into Christmas card-addressing time instead. It's easy to get busy and let writing slip, whether it's during the holiday season or any other time of the year when life gets busy. I have to remind myself that when life gets busy, it's time to take a step back, look over everything, and figure out what's important, urgent, or both. Remembering that is the hard part!

Aswiebe's Market List
Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets.  This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you get a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter!

Things Shiny or Useful
* Good blog post about the writerly "musts" - http://matociquala.livejournal.com/1527862.html
* Very good article about finding an agent - http://www.sff.net/odyssey/afaq.html
* How-to-write SF/F podcasts  - http://www.sff.net/odyssey/podcasts.html
* Tail Bone to Chair, Part 1 - http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=8862
* Tail Bone to Chair, Part 2 - http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=8863
* Useful article about when to tell an agent what - http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2008/11/when-should-i-tell-agent-x.html

Featured Market

The Devil's Food Anthology of Horror (http://themonstersnextdoor.com/DFguidelines.html) - Maybe you'll find inspiration for this anthology as you feast on holiday food!

Stories should be centered on humans as food for some type of monster. Stories should have a supernatural element. Classic monsters (vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc) are okay, as well as new, creative and original monsters. The focus of the story should be the threat of being eaten; this should dominate the tone of the story.


Supernatural horror, 3,000-7,500 words long. No reprints. Pays $25.

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, go to Aswiebe's Market List, download the latest version of the spreadsheet, sort by date listing updated, and look at the entries changed since 11/02/2008.

New:
Absent Willow Review, The (http://absentwillowreview.com/submissions)
Anotherealm (http://anotherealm.org/FAQ/faq.php)
Bards and Sages Quarterly (http://www.bardsandsages.com/contest.html)
Catastrophia ANTHOLOGY – DUE 05/31/2009 (http://news.pspublishing.co.uk/2008/09/09/catastrophia-anthology-call-for-submissions/)
Devil's Food, The ANTHOLOGY – DUE 04/01/2009 (http://themonstersnextdoor.com/DFguidelines.html)
Fusion Fragment (http://www.apodispublishing.com/fusion/pages/guidelines.htm)
Horror Library Vol. 4 ANTHOLOGY – DUE UNTIL FILLED (http://cuttingblock.net/submissions.html#hl4)
Jabberwocky Issue 4 ANTHOLOGY – DUE 02/01/2009 (http://www.erzebet.com/jabberwocky.html)
M-Brane (http://mbranesf.blogspot.com/)
Semaphore (http://www.semaphoremagazine.com/)
Silly Western ANTHOLOGY – DUE 02/28/2009 (http://residentialaliens.blogspot.com/2008/10/silly-western-antho-call-for.html)
Silver Blade (http://www.liquid-imagination.com/SB/submissions.html)
Things Aren't What They Seem ANTHOLOGY – DUE 05/15/2009 (http://www.fromtheasylum.com/interior2.htm)
Three Crow Press (http://www.morriganezine.com/submissions.html)

Changed:
Atomjack (http://atomjackmagazine.com/guidelines.htm)
Fantasy Magazine (http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?page_id=2)
Shock Totem (http://www.shocktotem.com/about.htm)
Space Westerns (http://www.spacewesterns.com/submissions/)

Dead:
Aeon (http://www.aeonmagazine.com/index.html)
Anthrolations (http://sofawolf.com)
Challenging Destiny (http://www.challengingdestiny.com)
Darwin's Evolutions (http://www.darwinsevolutions.com/)
Great Beyond, The (http://thegreatbeyond.libsyn.com)

Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!


Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

Please feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. You're also encouraged to link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage. If you were forwarded this email and want to subscribe, go here. To report a new paying market, go to my contact page. To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line. But that will make me sad.
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11/02/2008 Market List Update

Editor's Note

I hope everybody had a lovely Halloween! Maybe you even found some inspiration from the costumes you saw. I certainly did, though I'm not sure yet what kind of story a woman with deer hooves prodding a vegan is going to turn into. Inspiration comes from the strangest places.

Here's a Halloween treat, only a couple of days late! I encourage you to link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or to forward this newsletter to a friend you think might enjoy it.

Aswiebe's Market List

Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet. If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it. If you got a story published in a market you found through this list, let me know and I'll add a note to the next newsletter.

Featured Market

Quantum Genre on Planet of Arts (http://www.crossingchaos.com/submissions2) - If you're looking for a challenge, this might be the anthology for you!

Editor V. Ulea seeks submissions of short stories, flash fiction, film and book interpretations for a new
print anthology:
Quantum Genre on the Planet of Arts. Stories and artworks should meet the
requirements of “quantum genre” explained in detail in the manifesto published by
Sein & Werden (http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/3_2/page37.html ).

Basically, the Quantum Genre is not theme-based but style-based. In other words, Quantum Works are
not about quantum theory but quantum representation of characters and their worlds. The style is
distinguished by a high degree of obscurity of both the narrative and characters which are subject to
mutability and ambiguity.

Market List Updates

New Markets

Apocalypse Fiction Contest (http://www.furtivelabors.com/contest.htm)

Book of Exodi, The (http://eposic.org/submissions/fiction.php)

Cern Zoo anthology (http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/cerne_zoo__guidelines.htm)

Enter the World of Filaria contest (http://chizine.com/chizinepub/enter-the-world-of-filaria-contest.php)

Micro Award Annual Contest (http://www.microaward.com/)

New Dawn Fades (http://newdawnfadeszine.com/submissions)

Oceanview Short Story Contest (http://www.oceanviewpub.com/Contest.htm)

Polluto (http://www.polluto.com/Submit.html)

Quantum Genre on Planet of Arts (http://www.crossingchaos.com/submissions2)

Shine anthology (http://shineanthology.wordpress.com/category/guidelines/)

Spectra Pulse Contest (http://www.randomhouse.com/bantamdell/spectra/spectrapulseshortfiction.html)

Time in a Bottle anthology (http://www.cyberwizardproductions.com/tiab/)

Recently Deceased

Blazing! Adventures (http://blazingadventuresmagazine.com/BlazingAdventuresMagazineHomePage.htm)

City Slab (http://www.cityslab.com/)

Dog versus Sandwich (http://dogvsandwich.wordpress.com)

Oddlands (http://oddlandsmagazine.com/)

Postcards From... (http://postcardtales.blogspot.com/)

Serpentarius (http://serpentari.us/)

Storyteller Magazine

Removed Because They No Longer Pay

Androids 2

Man's Story 2

Vampires 2

Guidelines/URL Changes

Dark Recesses (http://www.darkrecesses.com/)

Dreams & Visions (http://ca.geocities.com/stanton34@rogers.com/submit.htm)

Farrago's Wainscot (http://www.farragoswainscot.com/submissions.html)

Poe Little Thing (http://blackriverpublishing.homestead.com/Poelittlething.html)

Ray Gun Revival (http://www.raygunrevival.com/guidelines.html)

Space Westerns (http://www.spacewesterns.com/submissions/)

Staffs & Starships (http://www.sheerspeculation.com)

Sybil's Garage (http://www.sensesfive.com/sg6_guidelines.php)

Necrotic Tissue (http://www.necrotictissue.com/Guidelines.html)

Whispering Spirits (http://www.whisperingghosts.com/)

Fictitious Force (http://www.sciffy.com/dnn/SubmissionGuidelines/tabid/75/Default.aspx)

Links

Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin Wiebe's blog

That's it for now, so keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

Please feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. You're also encouraged to link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage. If you were forwarded this email and want to subscribe, go here. To report a new paying market, go to my contact page. To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line. But that will make me sad.

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