Monday Markets – The Canary Press – The Genre Issue – Oct 20, 2014 (via @thecanarypress)

The Canary Press is looking for short fiction for their special Genre issue:

In recent years, literary realism has come to dominate the short story world. Some of it is wonderful, of course, but we want to dedicate an issue to stories that are defiantly not literary realism.

Don’t just revisit tired tropes — learn the conventions and karate chop those suckers, push a genre as far as it can go.

Many of our favourite writers have cheerfully (or drunkenly) straddled the lines between genres. Be bold. Be inventive. Come at us like a pirate ship in 3D.

Grip us with a story and don’t let go.

Finer details:

We’re interested in short stories of any length. We’re also interested in very short stories (under 1500 words)

Their general guidelines say that ‘any length’ tops out at about 7,000 words. Payment is variable (ie. I believe it depends on their funds but they do pay) and the magazines look great!

Guidelines here:

The Truth About Publishing (via @ianirvineauthor, HT: @rachelhills)

This is an old article by Ian Irvine (2005! How the industry has changed!) but still a solid read in 2014. It flew past my twitter feed. It really is super long. I’ve only included the section headers below so you get a taste for it. Note, I don’t really agree with the final lesson so much, although I do understand the sentiment: Writing isn’t a pathway to fame and wealth, do it because you can’t not do.

  • Part 1: Getting There
  • Lesson 1: Got Expectations? Lower Them
  • Lesson 2: Anyone can do it, hah!
  • Lesson 3: Skiing across the slush pile
  • Lesson 4: What to do when you’re rejected
  • Lesson 4a: Why most writers will never get published
  • Lesson 5: Wow, you’ve actually been offered a contract
  • Lesson 6: Understanding your advance
  • Lesson 7: Why you don’t want a huge advance
  • Lesson 8. Why you don’t want a tiny advance either
  • Lesson 9: Your editor is wise and you are foolish
  • Lesson 10: The book production line
  • Lesson 10A: You’re not published until you’re in print (and sometimes not even then)
  • Lesson 10B: Putting your money where your manuscript is
  • Part 2: Surviving Publication
  • Lesson 11: Is that all you’re printing?
  • Lesson 12: It’s just been printed and you can’t bear to look at it
  • Lesson 13. But I thought you were going to promote my book?
  • Lesson 14. Do it yourself promotion
  • Lesson 15: How come my books never get reviewed?
  • Lesson 16: What’s a good sale, anyway?
  • Lesson 17: I have to wait how long for the money?
  • Lesson 18: Sales you don’t get much for
  • Lesson 19: Check your royalty statements against your contract
  • Lesson 20: Other income from your books
  • Lesson 21: Help, I won an award and now I’m being remaindered
  • Part 3: Coping with Success
  • Lesson 22: It takes years to become an overnight success
  • Lesson 23: The perils of success 1 – being typecast
  • Lesson 24: The perils of success 2 – staying successful
  • Lesson 25: What’s a bestseller anyway?
  • Lesson 26: Foreign Rights
  • Lesson 27: Sold some foreign rights and think you’ve struck it rich? Oh dear
  • Lesson 28: Movie rights and other fantasies
  • Lesson 29: Other subsidiary rights
  • Lesson 30: Is that all I get?
  • Lesson 30A: Writing as a business?
  • Lesson 31: Changing publishers
  • Lesson 32: Foreign and Local Taxes
  • Final lesson: Anyone who can be discouraged from writing should be

Read the whole thing here:

Monday Markets – Penumbra eZine – Arthurian Legend – October 1, 2014 (via @Penumbra_eMag, HT: @staceysarasvati)

Penumbra eZine is a professional rates paying publisher with multiple overlapping themed calls for submission:

[I]t is imperative that you include the issue theme in the subject line of your email. Submissions that do not include this information risk getting lost in our queue and not read before the deadline.

Their ‘Aliens’ theme is closing in a few days, but they are open to receiving Arthurian legend stories until the end of September:

What ho! (No, we don’t mean Guinevere.)  For centuries, the magic and mystery of King Arthur and Camelot have enthralled readers.  Thanks to great authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley and T.H. White, there’s a strong tradition of Arthurian books on the fantasy bookshelf.  So add your own myths to the Round Table; send Lancelot out on one more quest.  Let’s play in Camelot and Avalon until the mists gently cloak us from the modern world.

They’re after stories to 3,500 words and pay 5c/word, and will also consider poetry and reprints.

Check it out here:

Why I Canceled My Amazon Prime Account (Following Amazon’s Spamming of My Inbox) (via @HuffPostBooks, HT: @katengh)

I almost don’t have to add any commentary to this, because I also have cranky-faced opinions about Amazon, mostly revolving around their DRM and author-exclusivity contracts, neither of which are of any benefit to anyone except Amazon’s attempts to become a publishing monopsony.

Brooke Warner says:

For those of you who follow publishing news, or who are KDP authors, you know that on August 9, Amazon sent a very bizarre email to all of its KDP customers, which has been dissected best, in my opinion, here and here.

You can read the full email here, but this post is really about why I canceled my Amazon Prime account the next day.

Read her account and reasoning here:

Monday Markets – Jamais Vu Magazine

Keep an eye on Jamais Vu, as it looks like their Autumn 2014 issue might be opening for reading soon, if their previous windows are any sign:

Jamais Vu is a new pro journal from Post Mortem Press, set to feature the absolute best in dark fiction, poetry, factual morsels, criticism, and more.
The title comes from the French, – The strange among the familiar – and is as close to a “theme” as we’re looking for. Confused? Think Richard Matheson, Jack Finney, Neil Gaiman.
Specifically, we’re a horror/thriller market, but are open to crossing genres, given that one of the crossed genres is horror/thriller (no western-romance, or science fiction-mystery, okay?) Language and violence are not a problem if both components are integral to the plot (dedicating 3,000 words of your 4,000 story to the graphic depiction of human mutilation would have a hard time getting accepted, for example).

They’re after short fiction from 2,000 to 4,000 words, as well as poetry and reviews. Query for non-fiction. Pay is a solid 5c/word.

Full guidelines here:

Australian Book Releases

Simple but effective. An updating list of Australian book releases. Discoverability still hasn’t been solved, so this is a small step to help.

The site isn’t automated, so there’s no guarantee that everything is updated but:

If you are an author or publisher whose book(s) does not appear here, please contact us by email on australianbookreleases [at] gmail [dot] com.

Check it out here:

Become a Better Storyteller Through Dungeons and Dragons (via @lifehackerau)

I’ve been a proud player of Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop role playing games since 1990, and I insist to doubters that running a communal storytelling game like this is good for all sorts of real-world skills, from conflict management to brainstorming to improvisation and more. It’s also good for—surprise!—story telling:

As a storyteller of any kind, the way you weave your narrative determines whether people stay engaged. The classic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons can teach you how to construct strong stories and how to collaborate with others in a way that’s fun.

There are a few links to other stories in that article, too. They delve deeper into both the phenomenon of the Dungeons and Dragons product and the benefits of storytelling.

Read more here: