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Discussions about Magazines and Markets [Jun. 17th, 2009|03:00 am]
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Eric Marin: "Magazines Closing"
Sandra McDonald: "Don't know what you've got til it's gone"
Pabba: "Let's talk about short fiction and its neverending death"
Michele Lee: "Magazines Closing"
Jordan Lapp: "Talebones Closes"

My two cents: the sky is not falling. Pick any point in the previous five years, and markets are always rising and falling, with the tide. In this case, you simply have two closing markets. It's much ado about nothing, and I think it points to something that I feel strongly about: authors, if you're targeting just one niche market for your material, well . . . don't. You're asking for trouble.

Diversify is today's special word.
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[User Picture]From: ericmarin
2009-06-17 07:41 pm (UTC)

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Hmm. As I said in my own question-post on this topic, I'm out of touch when it comes to market specifics. (Although, now that I'm actually going to write and submit my work again, that's going to change.) There are general markets that come to my mind, other than the three you mentioned, though: F&SF, Baen's, Fantasy (for fantasy works, of course), and Beneath Ceaseless Skies (for secondary fantasy works, but otherwise open-ended).
[User Picture]From: sandramcdonald
2009-06-17 07:59 pm (UTC)

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F & SF is certainly a good market, Fantasy is currently closed, BCS is a good new market, Baen's has that bar thing, which I've never quite figured out.
[User Picture]From: ericmarin
2009-06-17 08:07 pm (UTC)

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In my mind (and I'll admit that I've got a bad memory), this number of high-paying, strong markets (open or temporarily closed) is a larger number than existed 5.5 years ago.

(Yes, and the Baen's submission process is something I don't understand either. I need to look into it.)
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2009-06-17 08:01 pm (UTC)

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The odd thing is that Fantasy Magazine doesn't just run fantasy. I have science fiction coming out this year, and next year . . . it's how it's handled, that matters. A story with heart, with emotion, regardless of category, that's a Fantasy Magazine story. It covers a wide range :p
[User Picture]From: ericmarin
2009-06-17 08:07 pm (UTC)

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You learn something new every day! :-)
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2009-06-17 08:08 pm (UTC)

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Even from the very beginning, in the very first print issue, I ran a sf piece by Simon Logan. I recall that it boggled some readers at the time, but for me I want a reaction. Read Jessica Lee's "Superhero Girl" and tell me that that doesn't bowl you over, emotionally . . .

This year I have two, mebbe a few more, stories that meet the strong definition of science fiction: "The Integrity of the Chain," Lavie Tidhar; and "The Moon Over Tokyo Through Leaves in the Fall" by Jerome Stueart. Next year we'll have more: "The Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String" by Lavie Tidhar; "Lighter than Air" by Norman Spinrad; and "A Stray" by Scott William Carter & Ray Vukcevich.

There's something for everyone, at Fantasy Magazine. The problem is perhaps there are preconceptions, at the door, which might work against the magazine . . . but it's not insurmountable. :-)
[User Picture]From: ericmarin
2009-06-17 08:12 pm (UTC)

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Cool!

I had a similar issue with Lone Star Stories. For a long time, readers and writers expected the work I published to be Texas-themed, even after I broadened the submission guidelines.