January 2nd, 2008


Fantasy Mag Subs for December

If you've got a Dec sub in there -- right now I'm still sorting through stuff. What happens is as I or my TOPSEKRIT SLUSH READER WHO WIELDS GODLIKE POWERS go through submissions, they go into either the "Maybe" folder or the "Reject (month)" folder. I hit that latter folder at the end of the month and send out answers, and Sean goes through the Maybe folder, at which point there is some wrestling if there's something one of us loves and the other hates. The holidays de-railed December a bit, along with my reluctance to send out rejections right at Christmas time, because that seemed...crappy.

So I need to finish sending out December rejections, which should be completely done by tomorrow night, and Sean has gone through the Maybes and indicated two he likes, so I'm about to make a pass through to make sure there's no "Maybes" that I really want to fight for.

If you've sent a couple stories and gotten no on them, don't despair. I think my first publication with Fantasy was the fourth or fifth sub I'd sent.

Listen Up, You Primitive Screwheads

My brain is aswirl, having gone through too many stories at once. Things worth noting:
  1. It is still weird to me how things seem to come in waves when reading through slush -- two stories referencing zeppelins in a row, for instance, tonight.
  2. I understand that writers find long waits for replies frustrating - believe me, I really do, and there's markets I will not send to any more because I think it's absolutely absurd to make someone wait six months for a reply. But don't use long waits for other magazines as an excuse for simultaneously submitting to Fantasy, when I'm trying hard to keep the reply time at a month-ish. (P.S. Not about you, Scott.) And I don't mean to be bitchy, but telling me that I should change the guidelines when I try to nicely point out that it's a practice that can hurt your career is...well...okay, I'm just going to leave it at that.
  3. Writing humor is a lot harder than many people seem to believe. I don't make any pretense to be able to do it, but I'd love to see a post talking about it from someone who does it well, like jimhines. (HINT, HINT, JIM).
  4. Let's play spot the gender assumption in a sentence snagged from a nonfiction article: "Like everyone else, around then I gave up video games for girls." Someday I would like to read a gaming publication where I don't glitch on something like this at least once. But I'm not holding my breath.
  5. ARMY OF DARKNESS, currently playing in the background, remains one of the most quotable movies of all time.