As you can tell from the title, I am already going back on my promise about not putting links about publishing up on the web. However, the fact is that I use these links very frequently from multiple locations and part of the reason for this blog was a convenient place for me to keep links that I didn’t want to lose. I will update this from time to time with new links, but I don’t guarantee anything. So, without further ado, in no particular order:
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Association – Many, many good links about the business of publishing, specifically those links on this page.
- Manuscript preparation
- How to arrive at a publishing word count (which is different than what your computer says it is)
- The Black Hole – response times for different markets.
- Several articles that form Old Uncle Orson (Scott Card)’s writing class.
- Clichéd plot devices, and also for horror.
- Dean Wesley Smith‘s blog, which contains so, so many great tips on writing. He is also the originator of the Race score:
- You get one point for every short story in the mail.
- You get three points for every novel proposal or chapters and outline you have out. (Only three points per book, not per submission )
- You get eight points for every full novel manuscript you have out to market.
- Those destined to become known authors achieve a Race score of more than 10 (somewhere more in the neighborhood of 50 – 70)
- You must immediately sign up for David Farland (a.k.a. Dave Wolverton)’s Daily Kick in the Pants email. Much the same type of stuff as what’s on Dean Wesley Smith’s blog, I would be hard pressed to pick between them.
- The forums at AbsoluteWrite – absolutely staggering in size. I challenge you to find any publishing question that has not been asked at least 3 times on there somewhere.
- Miss Snark – this was really for novels and it is now defunct, but there is still a lot of good information about publishing there and also a lot of hooks and such, so you can get an idea about how fresh your concept is. Sort of replaced by Query Shark.
- The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing a Book – Comprehensive (751 pages!), free, and humorous this has numerous tips and tricks both about writing, publishing and promoting yourself (of which I haven’t found a lot of other resources). I personally take some of it with a grain of salt, and it tends to get repetitive, but it’s still a worthwhile read.
- Story length
- <= 500 words – Flash Fiction
- 500 – 1000 words – Short Short
- 1000 – 15,000 words – Short Story
- 17,500 – 25,000 words – Novella
- 25,000 – 40,000 words – Novelette
- >= 40,000 words – Novel
- Heinlein’s Rules For Writing
- 1. You must write.
- 2. You must finish what you write.
- 3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
- 4. You must put the work on the market.
- 5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.
- God Checker – Information on any god you could care to name
- Duotrope – Nice search features with info about pay, response times, acceptance rates, links to the mags, etc.
- Ralan’s – Comprehensive listing, but hard to search / sort
- SFWA’s Qualifying Venue’s – Not a market listing per say, but a good list of reputable markets
- The Market List
- Speculative Fiction Markets – Sorted by pay, but probably not as up to date as the others
Magazine / Anthology / Contest links
The Big Three
Magazines / Anthologies
- Black Gate – Fantasy
- Jim Baen’s Universe – Fantasy & SF
- Intergalactic Medicine Show – Orson Scott Card’s Fantasy & SF magazine
- Futurismic – Near future science fiction
- Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine – Australian SF
- Clarkesworld – Fantasy & SF, sort of a magazine and anthology both
- Abyss and Apex – Speculative fiction, seems friendly to flash
- Strange Horizons – Speculative fiction
- Flash Fiction Online – Good pay for a flash fiction market
- Apex Book Company – SF & horror, magazine, anthology and even novels
- Electric Velocipede – I believe Fantasy & SF, not taking submissions at the moment
- Fantasy Magazine
- Lone Star Stories – Speculative Fiction, $20 per story
- Realms of Fantasy – Just bought by somebody new, sort of in limbo at the moment
- Zoetrope All Story – Francis Coppola’s Magazine, not genre specific
- Hadley Rille Books – Various SF Anthologies
- Parsec Ink – Prints one speculative fiction anthology a year and accepts reprints
- Escape Pod – This is actually an audio podcast of short SF, and I think they take reprints
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Literary fantasy, go to their webpage to find out what tha means exactly