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Monday Markets – Cuttlefish Magazine – 5 Dec, 2014 – Flash Fiction (HT: @literaryminded)

Angela Meyer is the new flash fiction editor for Cuttlefish, a writing and art magazine:

I look forward to receiving your pieces (anonymously) of up to 250 words. The publication will feature one artist’s work and also print poetry, up to 40 lines, and longer pieces up to 1200 words. There will be a payment of $40 for all works.

They’re looking for anonymous hard copy submissions, with a deadline of 5th of December. You should follow up with an email linking your name to your piece after January 7th.

Submission details here: http://literaryminded.com.au/2014/10/23/submit-to-cuttlefish/

Monday Markets – Book Smugglers – Dec 31, 2014

Book Smugglers is open and looking for genre pieces for their Spring issue. The theme is:

FIRST CONTACT
We know that the first things that come to mind with the phrase “First Contact” are “Science Fiction” and “Aliens.” While we are huge fans of aliens and would very much like to receive submissions featuring first contact with aliens, we would love to receive a broader pool of stories and traditions. We welcome authors to subvert this theme, to expand horizons and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres within the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

They’re after original speculative fiction from 1,500 to 17,500 words and pay 6c/word up to $500.

Submission details here: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2014/10/book-smugglers-publishing-open-for-submissions-spring-2015.html

Monday Markets – She Walks in Shadows – Nov 15 – Dec 15, 2014 (HT: @silviamg)

Innsmouth Free Press has a new anthology opening in the middle of November. This is for female authors only, and sounds pretty cool, if you’re into your Lovecraftian fiction:

Submit short stories inspired by the work of Lovecraft that focus on a woman or female deity. It may be a character from Lovecraft’s work or someone of your own creation. You are not restricted to the 1920s as a setting. Steampunk, dieselpunk, noir, and any other sub-genre you can imagine are fine with us. Give us your best and most polished work. And yes, you must be a woman to submit. Women only.

To avoid the Asenath effect (that means every character in the anthology would be Asenath Waite), we asked the authors who are contributing stories to pick a different character from a Lovecraft story. While you are not bound to these restrictions, we suggest that if you use a character from Lovecraft’s fiction, you avoid the usual suspects (Asenath and Lavinia).

Consider interesting and novel settings for your stories. Surely, strange Lovecraftian entities haunt contemporary Nunavut or the Inca fought strange webbed monstrosities centuries ago. Anne Boleyn, evil sorceress or woman fighting the good fight against the Mi-Go? We may never know. Or maybe we will.

POCs are highly encouraged to send stories. Transgender writers: same thing.

Stories may be sent in French, English, or Spanish. We can read all three languages.

They are looking for fiction up to 4,000 words and paying 6 cents Canadian per word.

Full guidelines here: http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/blog/open-call-guidelines-for-she-walks-in-shadows/

Adobe Unsafely Gathering eBook Readers’ Data (via @digibookworld)

Well we all know my stance on DRM, and because DRM needs a server somewhere to check that you’re not a criminal for buying legal content, it also allows the DRM provider (in this case Adobe) to do whatever it feels like, really.

From the article:

Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by The Digital Reader and Ars Technica that Adobe Digital Editions 4, the latest version of the widely used ebook platform, is gathering extensive data on its users’ ebook reading habits.

According Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, “Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order.”

But that’s ok, your private informatio is being passed back across the internet, totally unencrypted:

Adobe acknowledges that transmitting unencrypted data could pose a security risk: “In terms of the transmission of the data collected, Adobe is in the process of working on an update to address this issue.” Adobe says further that more information on when that update will be in place and of what it will consist is forthcoming.

 

Y’know, because securely passing your victims’ usage data wasn’t a top priority when this system was put in place years ago, apparently.

I guess it’s not an issue unless you read the same sex scene in Plains of Passage over and over again, and who would do that, right?

Once again, the only ‘customers’ not adversely affected by DRM are the pirates.

Read it here: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/adobe-confirms-its-gathering-ebook-readers-data/

Monday Markets – The Future Fire Magazine (via @thefuturefire, HT: @mbennardo)

The Future Fire magazine is looking for:

[…] beautiful and useful fiction that focuses on the social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world.
If you are thinking of submitting a piece of writing for consideration byThe Future Fire, please read some recent issues to get a feel for the sorts of speculative fiction we are looking for.

They’re after stories up to 10,000 words, as well as poems. They pay $20 for fiction and $10 for poetry.

All submissions are read anonymously and judged on their merits and fit to TFF’s goals. We actively encourage the submission of stories by women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ folk, differently abled, and other groups under-represented in genre fiction.

Reda the full guidelines here: http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html

 

Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing (via @AnnabelSmithAUS)

I don’t have a horse in this race, since I’m a short story writer and so basically live in a version of the ‘traditional’ publishing universe (ie. there’s not yet a solid short fiction self-publishing streak that I’m aware of. Certainly Amazon’s ‘singles’ offering is simply awful). I like to offer as much information to people deciding about which path to take (and remember you can take both, in some circumstances). Remember that when you are self-publishing you are taking on a huge chunk of the business management of writing that you normally wouldn’t have to worry about. Annabel Smith has done both:

The advent of self-publishing on a mass scale has ben the single biggest change to the publishing industry since the arrival of the paperback at the turn of the last century. While some people dismissed it as a fad, it looks like it’s here to stay. My first two novels – A New Map of the Universe and Whisky Charlie Foxtrot – were traditionally published, but when it came to my third novel The Ark – a digital, interactive experimental speculative-fiction – I was unable to find a publisher who felt like the right fit and I decided to go it alone.

These are some of the perks and pitfalls I discovered on my self-publishing journey.

As per usual I’m just going to show herpoints. Click through to the original article for a detailed look at each point:

The Cons of Self-Publishing

  1. Self-Publishing Costs Money & You May Not Break Even
  2. Discoverability is an Ongoing Challenge
  3. Self-Publishing Consumes Time Which Could be Spent Writing

And the Pros

  1. Total Control
  2. Better Financial Returns
  3. Better Understanding of the Publishing Process

Check out the details here: http://www.natashalester.com.au/2014/09/29/self-publishing-versus-traditional-publishing-advice-author-whos-done/

Monday Markets – Fantastic Stories of the Imagination (via @Fantastic_Mag)

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination Magazine is looking for SF and Fantasy fiction:

I’m looking for stories that cover the entire science fiction and fantasy spectrum. I love magic realism (think Tim Powers and Neil Gaiman) and hard sf (think Allen Steele). I want a story to surprise me and to take me to unexpected places. I love word play, and would like to see stories with a literary bent, though decidedly not a pretentious bent (think Roger Zelazny). I could spend some time telling you what I don’t want, but I’ve found that good stories can make me buy them regardless of how many of my rules they violate. Let your imagination run wild, push and blur the limits of genre, or send me something traditional. I want it to see it all.

Payment is an amazing 15c per word for stories (up to $500) and a $25 flat fee for reprints, and they have a rapid turnaround, so get to submitting your best work.

Read the guidelines here: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/submission-guidelines/