Playing the Short Game (Part 7): How to Choose Short Fiction Markets

New Zealand cycling trip

Part 7 in my ongoing series of posts at Amazing Stories on marketing and selling short fiction is now up. This week's topic is on how to decide where to send your story first. Hint: start at the top. Next week, I'll be discussing how to find available markets and how to understand submission guidelines. 

I missed a couple of weeks of posting for this series, but I plan to be back on a regular weekly schedule again now. The gap was due to an extended vacation and business trip to New Zealand and Australia. I did a 6-day cycling tour on the south island in New Zealand and fell in love with that country. The photo at the left is pretty typical of the scenery that we were cycling through. We went from Queenstown, over the mountains to the west coast, up the coast, and then inland again, finishing with a beautiful train trip through the mountains to Christchurch. Fantastic trip, and I can't wait to get back there again.

Back to the writing topic, if you haven't been able to follow my Amazing Stories blog series, you can catch up on all of the past posts here.

Interview up at Reality Skimming

Lynda Williams has an interview with me up now on her Reality Skimming blog on her Okal Rel Saga website. I talk about selling to foreign language markets and the Foreign Market List.

Playing the Short Game (Part 6): But how do I know it's ready?

The next post in my series at Amazing Stories on marketing and selling short fiction is now up (well, actually, it's been up for a while, but I've been travelling). This week's entry deals with submission fear and knowing when it's time to stop rewriting, editing, and tweaking that story, and to send it out into the world. Check out this week's post here. I'll be skipping a post this week, but hope to have part 7 up next week and be back on a regular weekly posting schedule.

Playing the Short Game (Part 5): Rights and Licensing (conclusion)

The next post in my series at Amazing Stories on marketing and selling short fiction is now up. This week's entry is the second of a 2-week discussion on why you never "sell" a short story. Check out this week's post here.

Playing the Short Game (Part 4): Licensing and Rights (intro)

The next post in my series at Amazing Stories on marketing and selling short fiction is now up. This week's entry is the first of a 2-week discussion on why you never "sell" a short story. These two posts contain information on how licensing of fiction rights work, information that is critical for every short story writer to understand. Check out this week's post here.

Amazing Stories officially launches

I blogged recently about the upcoming relaunch of Amazing Stories Magazine. Well, the official opening of the new site to the public was yesterday, January 21. See below for the press release from Steve Davidson, the new publisher for Amazing Stories.

For my part, I'm writing a blog series on the site on how to market and sell your short fiction, entitled "Playing the Short Game." I now have three posts in the series up on the Amazing Stories site:

Part 1: Introduction - Who I am and what this series will cover

Part 2: Why are you writing? - Deciding on the writing career that you want

Part 3: Why short fiction? - The benefits of the short game to a writing career

The series is aimed at the beginning writer. If that's you, I hope you'll drop by each week. I'll be posting weekly, and my posts (I think) will be going up each Monday. If you're an experienced writer, please drop by as well and add your comments based on your own experience and knowledge. 

And while you're there, check out the new site. There are over fifty bloggers that cover not just fiction topics, but all aspects of fandom. Look around and I'll bet that you'll find something that interests you. Hope to see you there! Here's a page that will list all of my posts in the "Playing the Short Game" series on the Amazing Stories site.


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

HOLD FOR RELEASE UNTIL MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST

Amazing Stories, the world's first science fiction magazine, is now open to the public.

Social Magazine Website Offers Nearly Sixty Writers and Social Networking For Fans!

I'm part of the Amazing Stories relaunch

On Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, I will be joined by more than 50 other writers from around the blogosphere to help launch the Beta Test of Phase 1 of the return of Amazing Stories. I'll be writing a blog series, aimed at new or beginning writers, on how to market and sell your short fiction. 

For me, it is especially very cool to be part of the relaunch of Amazing Stories. One of my first professional sales was to AS back in the late 90's ("State of Disorder" in issue #595 -- see the cover at the left) when Kim Mohan was the fiction editor. I still remember the thrill of being in an issue with Jack Williamson and Frederic Pohl. Back then, AS was also one of the few magazines with a circulation large enough to be a "qualifying publication" for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. My sale to AS eventually led to me being one of five finalists on the 2001 Campbell ballot (I lost).

Amazing Stories was the world's first science fiction magazine.  Published by Hugo Gernsback, the Father of Science Fiction, the magazine created the genre's first home and was instrumental in helping to establish science fiction fandom – the fandom from which all other fandoms have evolved.

The magazine itself ceased publication in 2005. In 2008 the new publisher, Steve Davidson, discovered that the trademarks had lapsed and applied for them.  The marks were finally granted in 2011.

Phase 1 introduces the social networking aspects of the site and the Blog Team, more than 50 authors, artists, collectors, editors, pod casters, designers and bloggers who will address 14 different subjects on a regular basis – SF, Fantasy & Horror literature, anime, gaming, film, television, the visual arts, audio works, the pulps, comics, fandom, science and publishing. 

If any of you are interested in participating in the Beta Test of the site, you can request an invitation by emailing the publisher, Steve Davidson.

And here is a link to the official press release from Steve. 

Today only! Get CHIMERASCOPE for 50%

For today only, you can purchase the ebook version of my collection Chimerascope for half price from my bookstore. Just click on this link to go to the Chimerascope product page, page down to the "Add to cart" button under the cover image, and then use the code CHIM-NOV30 in the "Coupon Code" on the check-out screen. Today only! This coupon code expires at midnight tonight.

Relaunch of my online bookstore (with FREE stuff)

Going Harvey in the Big House coverAlong with my revamped website, I now have a revamped online bookstore. Most especially, I've added an updated catalog for my ebooks, where you can now buy ebook editions for both my collections, Chimerascope and Impossibilia, as well as all of my ebook short stories and novelettes. Check out the catalog, click on a link, and if you're interested, add it to your shopping cart. The store connects to PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, don't worry. It will allow payment by any major credit card.

So why shop at my store for my books? Yes, they're all available at Amazon, Kobo, and all the major ebook retailiers. Well, at my store you'll pay the same price (or less -- see the note below about discount coupons), you help me out since the big retailers don't get a cut of what you pay for the ebook, and if you're not completely satisfied, you can simply contact me (a real person), and I'll refund your money or send you a different book (your choice).

But there's more. I also provide a page where I offer a variety of discount coupons that you can apply to any ebook order, which can save you money or even get you a book for free. Just my way of thanking you for shopping at my store and helping me out.

So please take a moment to check out my new store. And please feel free to contact me with any suggestions.

New ebook edition of CHIMERASCOPE now available

Chimerascope coverI am very pleased to announce that I have just published a new ebook edition of my collection, Chimerascope, which was a finalist for the juried Sunburst Award, as well as the CBC's Bookies Award and the Aurora Award in 2011. This new edition is available from all the major ebook retailers, as well as directly from my own bookstore on this site. A full set of buying links are provided below.

This edition contains all of the same content and the same great cover by Erik Mohr as the original print and the first ebook editions, but it also includes an excerpt from my upcoming novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, as well as excerpts from three novelettes. And it's also a lot cheaper at $6.99, compared to the original $9.99 for the first ebook edition.  

Plus you can also get it at half price if you buy from my bookstore at this link and use the discount coupon "HALF-PRICE" on check-out. Payment is by PayPal, but you can use any major credit card on PayPal if you don't have a PayPal account.

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