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New Writing Markets Update October 2017: Book Smugglers


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 11/15/2017.
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Thoughts in Passing

"What are good books about writing?" a student in my class on selling short stories asked.

In discussions of writing, this question often comes up. Being a writer is a process of continual self-improvement and self-education.

I recommend Steven King's On Writing for early-stage writers. For more advanced writers and those with a tolerance for academic discussions, I suggest Samuel R. Delany's About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews. I love the Writing Excuses, Ditchdiggers, and Odyssey's SF/F Writing Workshop podcasts. There are countless author blogs that often talk about the craft side of writing.

What do you recommend?

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

I taught my class on selling short stories. The class is done! Huzzah! I need to consider what classes I want to propose for next year, but that is still in the future.

I'm inching through revisions on a novelette that I'm looking forward to sending out soon. I'm writing a short story aimed at a themed anthology that should open for submissions soon. And I haven't touched my novel for a while, because of other projects, and so that's a bit frustrating.

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 

The 8 Persuasive Words That Can Instantly Help You Sell More: https://sumo.com/stories/persuasive-words

When Is the Best Time to Post? https://coschedule.com/blog/best-times-to-post-on-social-media/#facebook

The Mysteries of Outlining and Nesting MICE: Creating Killer Stories: http://blog.karenwoodward.org/2012/10/the-mysteries-of-outlining-and-nesting.html

Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media: https://www.fastcompany.com/3036184/the-best-and-worst-times-to-post-on-social-media-infograph

Featured Market
Book Smugglers is open (through December 31st) for submissions to be published in 2018!

AWAKENINGS will be Book Smugglers Publishing’s FIFTH season of short stories, following Fairytale Retellings, First Contact, Superheroes, and Gods & Monsters.

When it comes to Awakenings, anything goes. You, the author, should feel free to take this general theme and interpret it in any way you see fit–from a story about an AI’s first hours of sentience, to magical alternate histories featuring characters discovering how to wield power for the first time, anything goes.

We encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “awakenings” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

Basics: themed science fiction, fantasy, and horror, 1,500-17,500 words, no reprints, pays $.08/wd (max $800). Guidelines: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-call-short-stories-submissions-2018-awakenings.html.

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

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Fireside Fiction All genres, explicitly including spec-fic $0.125
Book Smugglers, The SFF, themed $0.080
Daily Science Fiction SF, fantasy, slipstream, dark fantasy but not pure horror, etc. $0.080
Holy C.O.W. ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 11/01/2017 - 11/30/2017 Spec-fic themed to Fertile Crescent, Levant, and the Middle East $0.070
Novel Fox Shorts, The - DEAD MARKET Fantasy, SF, and adventure fiction $0.070
Other Covenants (Chi-Zine Publications) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 2/4/2018 Alternate histories of the Jewish people $0.065
Compelling Science Fiction Hard SF $0.060
Guilds & Glaives (Zombies Need Brains LLC) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Sword & sorcery themed to a guild $0.060
Razor's Edge, The (Zombies Need Brains LLC) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Military SF and fantasy themed to rebellions $0.060
Second Round: A Return to Urbar (Zombies Need Brains LLC) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/31/2017 Stories featuring a time-traveling bar $0.060
Tales from the Lake Vol. 5 (Crystal Lake Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 12/01/2017 Dark fiction and quiet horror, non-themed $0.030
Lost Films ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/31/2017 Movie-themed horror $0.020
Bourbon Penn Odd and imaginative, slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism $0.010
Sci Phi SF with strong philosophical or scientific themes $0.010
Antimatter Magazine SF inspired by recent headlines
$20.00 https://antimatter.submittable.com/submit
Dead Oaks Horror themed to a town where evil things happen
$10.00 http://www.deadoakspodcast.com/2017/06/dead-oaks-submissions-now-open-for.html
Far Fetched Fables (PODCAST) Fantasy
$50.00 http://farfetchedfables.com/submissions/
Mad Scientist Journal First person fiction themed to mad science
$20.00 http://madscientistjournal.org/submissions/
Speculative City All genres, themed to cityscape and issue's theme
$75.00 http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/
Damnation Books - DEAD MARKET Dark fiction: Thrillers/SF/F/H $0.030
Red Penny Papers, The - DEAD MARKET Dark pulp and gothic $0.010

Hazard Cat - DEAD MARKET All genres - cat-themed $0.005
Death Rattle - DEAD MARKET Horror
$10.00 http://www.evilcatpress.com/submissions.html
The Sleep Club - DEAD MARKET All genres—stories to lull people to sleep
Plutonian Times - DEAD MARKET All genres, SFF preferred
Darker - DEAD MARKET dark speculative fiction
Inscription Magazine - DEAD MARKET F/SF for teens $0.060

Lakeside Circus - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic, and literary/weird/interstitial $0.010
Tales from New Babbage - DEAD MARKET (see Gallery of Curiosities) Weird fiction, SF, post-apocalyptic, esp. steampunk. $0.010
Plasma Frequency Magazine - DEAD MARKET Themed issues, science fiction, fantasy, and some horror $0.010

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists
Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's Author Website

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