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Notes From The Online Markets Panel [Apr. 5th, 2010|10:19 am]
Cat Rambo
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Panelists: Caren Gussoff (Brain Harvest), Jordan Lapp (Every Day Fiction), Cat Rambo (Fantasy Magazine), Eric James Stone (Intergalactic Medicine Show)

Panelists spoke both as editors and writers publishing in these markets.

Questions:
Is there a stigma attached to publishing in online markets? A - None of the panelists thought there were.
What is the online business model? A- Variety of approaches including subscriptions, charging for access on per-issue basis, advertising, donations, selling associated merchandise, selling versions in e-book< CD, or printed form.
How can you become a slush reader? A- watch for calls for slush readers on magazine forums or SF Signal
Easy way to start magazine? A - wordpress.org provides the software, many magazines published using WordPress

Tips:
Reading slush is a great way to get a feel for the market.
There's no excuse for not looking at a magazine before submitting when you can get it for free online.
You increase your chances of acceptance RADICALLY by looking at the magazine and reading (and adhering to) the guidelines.

Markets mentioned:
Abyss & Apex
Alienskin
Apex Magazine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Brain Harvest
Bull Spec
Chiaroscuro
Clarkesworld
Every Day Fiction
Fantasy Magazine
Intergalactic Medicine Show
Strange Horizons
Tor.com

Don't neglect markets such as audio casts (DrabbleCast, EscapePodPodCastle, PseudoPod) or Twitter fiction (Thaumatrope, TweettheMeat)

Flash Fiction Online was mentioned as a market; people may want to check recent controversy to make sure they want to submit here.
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[User Picture]From: adaveen
2010-04-05 05:38 pm (UTC)
We're looking for slush readers over at The Battered Suitcase. If your tastes run to literary fiction, please visit us online. http://www.vagabondagepress.com

And yes - as a writer myself, the insight into the market has been invaluable.

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[User Picture]From: jimkeller
2010-04-05 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I hadn't heard about the Flash Fiction Online controversy. That's very disappointing. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2010-04-05 06:06 pm (UTC)
Shock Totem is online? I have a hard copy of its first issue...
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[User Picture]From: catrambo
2010-04-05 06:14 pm (UTC)
You're right, Nick, just looked. It got mentioned towards the end, probably the mentioner was misremembering. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: janetfreeman
2010-04-05 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the notes, Cat. I wanted to attend your panel, but was on a panel scheduled at the same time. This is really useful!
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[User Picture]From: reddherring1955
2010-04-06 09:44 pm (UTC)
Great info -- thanks!
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[User Picture]From: mb_s
2010-04-09 04:58 am (UTC)

Goodness, who mentioned Bull Spec?

I need to thank them. Until tonight it was only a print market, but that's finally been fixed. Lots of reasons to offer a PDF, one being that shipping to Australia, Denmark, wherever else is just too darned expensive.
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[User Picture]From: gatetree
2010-04-26 08:18 pm (UTC)

A new online pro market

Cat,
This post is music to my ears. We have started a new online magazine, Redstone Science Fiction and we are paying a professional rate. We are reading through our first slushpile and we will publish our first issue in June. An interview I did about Redstone SF with Diabolical Plots was picked up on Scalzi's Whatever today. It's been a great experience and we can't wait to get our first stories online.

Yours,
Michael (M.E.) Ray
Editor, Redstone SF
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