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I decided to have a post consisting of links to sites, articles and blogs that might be useful for potential submitters to our little zine (and submitting stories in general). I’ve taken the liberty of listing these links in easy-to-follow categories:

 

Writing craft:

http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com/fictionfix/

http://www.sfwa.org/writing/turkeycity.html

http://www.storytellersunplugged.com

http://www.lazette.net/Vision

http://www.sff.net/people/Vonda/Pitfalls.html

 

Why are these important?

Writing fiction (short stories or novels) isn’t a pursuit that you will ever fully master. Its universal mantra goes something like this: “Lifelong learning is your friend.”

 

 

The business of writing:

http://thefix-online.com/features/rookie-mistakes/

http://www.sfwa.org

http://www.hollylisle.com/fm/index.html 

 

Why are these important?

You want to be knowledgeable about this writing thing, don’t you? And by writing I mean everything that goes with the physical act of typing your fantastic tale.

 

 

Submission:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2009/01/more-messages-from-the-slushpile/

http://www.darkecho.com/darkecho/workshop/slush.html

 

Why are these important?

First impressions are important, right? What should you do (or not do) to create that first impression? Click the above.

 

 

Rejection:

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2009/03/29/writing-excuses-season-2-episode-25-the-seven-deadly-sins-of-slush-stories/  (THIS IS NEW!)

http://www.abyssandapex.com/200901-editorial.html 

http://catrambo.livejournal.com/227865.html 

http://stillnotbored.livejournal.com/633736.html 

http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/EveryProblem.htm 

http://mzbworks.home.att.net/why.htm

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/004641.html

 

Why are these important?

This may be a reality check for some out there. Cold. Brutal. Helpful.

 

 

Author fan site-blogs:

http://www.chrisroberson.net/ramble.html 

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/ 

http://nancykress.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.davidlouisedelman.com/blog/ 

http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/ 

http://www.jeffvandermeer.com

http://whatever.scalzi.com

 

Why are these important?

These sites can be fun but are also venues where issues of our industry are debated. Check them out regularly and you’re bound to find something 

 

 

Reviews:

http://thefix-online.com

http://spiralgalaxyreviews.blogspot.com

http://www.irosf.com

http://www.sfcrowsnest.com

 

Why are these important?

Some might ask, “Why should I read reviews for stories I didn’t write and zines or anthos I’m not in?”

 

Well…Short answer: One, you’ll get a taste for the type of stories a specific zine publishes (without buying/reading said zine). Two, if you pay attention, reviewers can highlight what works and doesn’t work in specific stories they review.

 

 

Genre news:

http://charles-tan.blogspot.com (especially his daily “Links and Plugs” post)

http://www.locusmag.com

 

Why are these important?

You want to be in the know about the field, don’t you? You don’t want to trawl the whole internet yourself, do you?

 

 

Editors skulking around the blogosphere and the wider internet:

http://time_shark.livejournal.com

http://ericmarin.livejournal.com

http://www.johnjosephadams.com

http://www.kith.org/journals/jed/

 

Why are these important?

If you have to ask, then I want you to go to the principal’s office. Now!

 

Note: Some of these resources provide “lessons” in more than one of the above categories. There may be overlap, but rarely duplication of learning.

 

That’s all – for now.

 

Keep writing and submitting!

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Here are Speculative Mystery Iconoclast issue #2’s slush pile percentages at the time of writing this post:

Science Fiction / Mystery = 23.8%

Horror / Mystery = 2.7%

Fantasy / Mystery = 17.6%

Dark Fantasy / Mystery = 4.3%

Science Fiction / Horror / Mystery = 1%

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Mystery = 23.1%

Dark Fantasy / Science Fiction / Mystery = 2%

Iconoclastic Speculative Fiction = 12.1%

Missed the mark (Did not read or simply ignored the guidelines) = 13.4% (These writers especially should really buy issue #1 – on sale at www.specmystery.com)

The first batch of rejections and hold responses have been sent to authors .

Keep writing and keep submitting! (Hint: mystery with a horror flavour is what we’re missing the most!)

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For those who are on the verge of submitting short stories to Speculative Mystery Iconoclast, I will be post regular/irregular Slush Pile Stats to help submitters get the inside track on what I’ve received in terms of submissions.

Some writers might find this info useful. Generally, these posts will take the form of:

Science Fiction / Mystery = %

Horror / Mystery = %

Fantasy / Mystery = %

Dark Fantasy / Mystery = %

Science Fiction / Horror / Mystery = %

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Mystery = %

Dark Fantasy / Science Fiction / Mystery = %

Iconoclastic Speculative Fiction = %

There might also be some specific notes on popular trope submissions or stories that I haven’t seen. 

Of course, I’m not saying only send a type of story that hasn’t appeared in the slush pile up until that point in time, but use own judgement…

Keep writing and submitting!

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