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New market list updates! Brave Boy World anthology wants SF with trans male protagonist, pays $100. All the details and more new markets: http://aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html.
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I poke at my writer's bio and make tiny little adjustments all the time. This is the latest version, written to accompany a forthcoming article on ...drumroll... writing bios!
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Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and futuristic fairy tales. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles two small children, three large cats, and one full-sized mad scientist. In her mythical spare time, she writes, collects fairy tales, and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it.

This August at The Loft, Abra Staffin-Wiebe will guide writers through the process of submitting their short stories in Submit It Now! Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories. (This class is open to writers in all genres, although it focuses on science fiction and fantasy.)
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So that's me!

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As part of Smashwords' July Summer Sale, A Circus of Brass and Bone will be 75% off through July 12, 2016, and then 25% off through the end of July. This deal is available through Smashwords only. They offer many formats including epub and mobi (for Kindles). (You must USE THE CODE below the buy button to get the discount.)
That means that RIGHT NOW, A Circus of Brass and Bone is available for the low, low price of ONE DOLLAR.

About

It's the end of civilization, but the show must go on. When a traveling circus returns to Boston after a tour in British India, they discover that an aetheric calamity has sent a wave of death rolling across post-Civil War America, killing a third of the population and rendering basic technology dangerously unstable. In such desperate time, what use is a circus?

Reviews

"Read if: You would love to read about circus freaks, espionage, war elephant golems, intrepid female ship captains, monkeys finding true love, and the authentic smells of large cities."

- Heidi Waterhouse, Goodreads

"...the world has a texture and a past that appeals even as it appalls ... The characters have a lot of bad stuff happening to them, but they retain both agency and their moral sense. The darker scenes never devolve into hopelessness or pointless gore."
- Marissa Lingen, Novel Gazing Redux

A Circus of Brass and Bone

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I'm an invited local pro at CONvergence, and these are the panels I'll be on this year! Tell me--what questions do you have on these topics? What concerns would you like to see addressed?

Friday, July 1

Risk of Going Nowhere
As a safety and headline driven nation, how will we explore dangerous, distant places that are inherently unsafe without losing the public will or disrespecting the lives of those who go? Panelists: Desiree Schell (mod), Sarah Prentice, Jim Tigwell, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Rebecca Watson

Westerns in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
These days, the Western is the genre equivalent of peanut butter: not often served on its own, and yet it seems to go with just about everything. Why is the Western so appealing and adaptable, and what are the best examples of great Western fusion? Panelists: William Leisner, Camille Griep, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Bradford Walker, Eric Heideman

Saturday, July 2

Diversity in Writing
"If you want more diversity, you should go out and create it." That's just part of what needs to be done to get more representation in fiction. We will discuss the importance of creation, good representation, and support. Panelists: Michi Trota, Briana Lawrence, Jessica Walsh, Mark Oshiro, Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Face Value: The Truth is Trickier Than You Thought
That thing you posted? It's not real. Why do humans keep believing false things over and over, even though it's easier than ever to check the facts? We'll discuss the history and psychology of false beliefs and how they apply to the modern digital era. Panelists: Siouxsie Wiles, Kavin Senapathy, Brianne Bilyeu, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Stephanie Zvan
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Deep Magic is a new publication of family-friendly SF and fantasy, and they pay better than pro rates! More details and all the new writing market listings at
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Random Thoughts
Part of the trick to getting the most out of writing time is to have fallow non-writing time when the subconscious can ponder and process and imagine without having other engagements--whether those are good (joys, projects) or bad (worries, stress, illness). When you're a parent, that becomes a *real* trick!

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Registration is open for the class I'm teaching on formatting and submitting short stories! By the end of this class, students will have submitted their short story and will possess a set of skills and tools to assist them in the future. More information and registration at The Loft Literary Center: https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/4/adult_class/366/submit_it_now_fantasy_and_science_fiction_short_stories/.

Writing is going well. I'm halfway through the half-dragon/half-succubus urban fantasy side project, and I'm at about the same point in the contemporary fantasy/thriller in Belize main project. These are different wordcounts, though, because the urban fantasy will end up around 60,000 words and the Belize fantasy will be about 100,000 words. So naturally, now that I'm deep into two novels at the same time, I feel like I should get a few more short stories written and out. And of course, I always have the big backlog of editing to do.

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Hugo nominations close on March 31. To nominate, you have to be an attending or supporting member of Sasquan (Worldcon 73), MidAmeriCon II (Worldcon 74), or Worldcon 75. You have one week!

I do have a couple of eligible stories from last year. If you read them and enjoy one of them enough to nominate, please do so! (I like you too, but please don't nominate based only because of any personal liking.)

Best Short Story
"And Other Definitions of Family" is a light, humorous SF story about a xeno-anthropologist who takes a very intimate approach to field research. Read it for free here: http://www.unlikely-story.com/stories/and-other-definitions-of-family-by-abra-staffin-wiebe/

Best Novel
A Circus of Brass and Bone, which I published writing as Abra SW, is a post-apocalyptic steampunk serial novel about a circus traveling through the collapse of Reconstruction Era America. The Vita.mn review says, "It's a dark, supernatural and altogether bizarre examination of the human condition and it remains true to form for a post-apocalyptic novel: It's also a class commentary that asks how we'd adapt to a world in which society, with all its benefits and ills, suddenly and violently imploded." It's no longer available to read for free, but you can read a good-sized sample at Amazon or Google Play Books before buying.

Best Novelette
"A Stranger Comes to Town" is a post-apocalyptic steampunk Western. It's a stand-alone installment from A Circus of Brass and Bone. You can read it for free at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, or Google Play Books, and it's $.99 on Amazon (because that's the cheapest they'd let me make it). It reached the top 100 for its category on Amazon.

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Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation
anthology wants diverse, optimistic environmental science fiction and fantasy.

The anthology will focus on times of environmental crisis and the people inhabiting these tipping points, fighting to effect change and seek solutions, even if it’s already too late. But these are stories of hope, not just disaster! Turn your lens to those crucial moments in a world’s history when great change can be made by the right people with the right tools. Remember: hope can spark in even the grimmest of situations.
The basics: environmental-themed, science fiction and fantasy, 500 - 7,500 words, $.06/wd, reprints okay, submissions will be open for 1 month after Kickstarter funds in April. Guidelines at https://sunvaultantho.wordpress.com/submissions/.
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Random Thoughts
A writing to-do list is a powerful tool, but only if you include actual due dates and actually check the to-do list. In possibly related (and not so random) news, my apologies for skipping January's newsletter. January had a lot going on in my personal life.
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Taxes and paperwork and other less-fun-than-writing things have been eating my writing time, as have some large photography projects, but I think I'm almost out of the weeds!
"In Their Image" is now available to read or to download as a podcast over at Escape Pod as part of their monthlong Artemis Rising II event. Read it for philosophy and fluffy pink murderbear aliens! Readers compare it positively to Speaker for the Dead.
Excerpt:

When I stepped off the shuttle and breathed in the dry grass scent of Trade City, I was still confident I could launch the first human church on Landry’s World. My fellow passengers had been politely non-interested when I explained the mission my church had sent me on. A few had shaken their heads as they glided away. I thought maybe they objected to a female preacher. Or maybe it was because I’m an ex-marine. I’m an “ex-” a lot of things: ex-marine, ex-atheist, ex-drunk, ex-wife, and ex-mother–that last because I was a poor enough mother that when my kids grew up, they washed their hands of me.

Read more.

In other exciting news, my teaching proposal has been accepted at The Loft, a Minneapolis literary center. I will be teaching a class this summer on submitting fantasy, science fiction, and horror short stories. From submission formatting to market research to actually submitting a story, this class will walk students through the process of sending out their short story. By the end of this class, students will have submitted their story and will possess a new set of skills and tools to assist them in the future. I'll make another announcement when the class schedule is set and available for sign-up.
And last but certainly not least, I'm going to be launching a newsletter (not about writing markets) in the next couple of weeks. Every three to four months, I'll tell you about wonderful and bizarre things, including new publications, free reads, newsletter exclusives, and giveaways. Social media may come and go, fade out of use, or randomly hide things (ahem, Facebook, ahem!), so I really encourage you to join my newsletter group if you want to keep in touch. And signing up gets you a free novella-length ebook! You can join at my website OR (special offer!) by simply clicking "Reply" to this email and changing the subject line to "Subscribe News." If you're interested, do it now!
Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html
* ISBW Writing Rules (podcast): http://murverse.com/isbw-358-periscope-test/
* Writing Excuses 11.2: How To Get The Most Out Of A Conference, with Kathy Chung (podcast): http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/10/11-2-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-conference-with-kathy-chung/
* Writing Excuses 11.03: Layering The Elemental Genres (podcast): http://www.writingexcuses.com/2016/01/17/11-03-layering-the-elemental-genres/

Featured Market

Ghosts on Drugs anthology wants, well, humorous stories about ghosts on drugs.

The only rule is that a tale include some version of at least one ghost who's on some version of at least one drug.

And both key terms are broadly defined—e.g., a ghostwriter hooked on cough syrup could fit, and a dead ancient god with an inhumanly intense craving to be worshipped again could too.

[...]This book is designed to be playful and fun, so we're especially seeking stories that are a mix of comedy and other genres—e.g., comedy & fantasy, comedy & SF, comedy & horror, comedy & thriller, comedy & Western, comedy & adventure. That said, we'll consider a great tale of any genre, or combination of genres.

The basics: humorous, any genre, 250-10,000 words, $.15/wd for the first 2,500 words and then $.06/wd, no reprints, due by 5/01/2016. Guidelines at http://www.ghostsondrugs.com/.

Market List Updates
To see all the details about new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet. There are too many new updates to post here--you can see them on the Aswiebe's Market List website.

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
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Escape Artists has launched their Artemis Rising month! Escape Pod (SF) and their sister podcasts, Pseudopod (horror) and Podcastle (fantasy), will be featuring all female and non-binary authors in a special month-long event.

The stories are free to read or listen to.

My short story, "In Their Image," is now up as a podcast AND as text over at Escape Pod! Warning: contains religious philosophy and fluffy pink murderbear aliens!





Excerpt:

When I stepped off the shuttle and breathed in the dry grass scent of Trade City, I was still confident I could launch the first human church on Landry's World. My fellow passengers had been politely non-interested when I explained the mission my church had sent me on. A few had shaken their heads as they glided away. I thought maybe they objected to a female preacher. Or maybe it was because I'm an ex-marine. I'm an "ex-" a lot of things: ex-marine, ex-atheist, ex-drunk, ex-wife, and ex-mother--that last because I was a poor enough mother that when my kids grew up, they washed their hands of me.

The heavier gravity made my normal stride more of a shuffle, but my spirits were high as I walked to meet the young woman waiting for me. After all, I was here at the request of Amber Sands Mining, the major human employer on the planet. The indigenous government had approved; they even volunteered the labor to build my church. My denomination's elders were delighted to have finally found a mission suitable for an ex-marine with other-world experience.

My guide held a sign saying, "Preacher." She bestowed a chipper smile on me when I approached. "Welcome to Landry's World! I'll take you directly to the church so that you can get started."

As I fell into step beside her, I said, "It seems odd that a planet with indigenous life is named after the captain who discovered it. Discovered isn't quite the right term, either, is it?"

"Landry's purpose in life was to find and name this world, and the Teddies honor that."

I raised my eyebrows. "Teddies?"


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Random Thoughts
Writers often divide the elements of a story up into categories: plot, character, theme, subtext, symbolism, setting, action, and so forth. The strictness of those divisions, however, is at least somewhat artificial. As I write, I'm going to try to remember the ways I can make one category do the work of another.

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Random Thoughts
Many writers feel like time is a limitation on their writing ability. With two small kids at home, you can bet I'm one of them. I often try to squeeze in a little distracted, multitasking writing-related work wherever I can: on the bus, at the library while the kids play, waiting for preschool to open, and so forth. Recently I realized that sometimes this leaves me feeling more burnt-out--and less productive--when my actual dedicated writing time comes around. The moral of the story? I'll let you know if I figure it out. It seems finding balance is a constant, ever-changing struggle.
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Thinking about 2016! I've got several things in progress.
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Random Thoughts
Someday, I'm going to get around to properly organizing and sorting my social media using all those useful tools out there. Today is not that day. Ironically, I bet that social media would have lots of good suggestions, too.
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
The Journal of Unlikely Academia's newest issue is all about unlikely academia! Librarians, monsters, teachers, metaphysics, and more. It includes my story, "And Other Definitions of Family," about a xeno-anthropologist who takes a very intimate approach to field research.

Excerpt:
She didn't have a client appointment scheduled, but they all knew she welcomed drop-ins. She checked the peep-cam. Optimal lighting, background soundscape, clothing level, hairstyle, and pheromone spray all depended on the client's species. Her eyebrows lifted involuntarily when she saw the bat-like Bitocktee male at her door.

"You are the female human who rents out her reproductive system?" his translator chirped.

Read more (free!) in The Journal of Unlikely Academia online or sign up for their free newsletter to download the issue as an ebook.

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html

The Five Free Tools of Social Media Success for Writers [social media]: http://services4authors.com/2015/09/16/the-five-free-tools-of-social-media-success-for-writers/
A Map to Get Out of Writer’s Block [motivation]: http://nybookeditors.com/2013/03/a-map-to-get-out-of-writers-block/

Featured Market
Apex's Christmas Invasion is a flash fiction contest all about, well, Christmas invasions!

That’s right. This year our flash fiction contest is all about Christmas invasions. Whether your invaders are robots, aliens, or sentient Christmas ornaments is completely up to you, but if you want to win, you must write us a story no longer than 250 words that deals with an invasion and Christmas.

The basics: SF/Fantasy/Horror, less than 250 words, winners receive $.06/word. Guidelines at http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/46103937-apexs-annual-flash-fiction-contest.
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Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Apex's Annual Flash Fiction Contest - due 10/15 - 11/16 ONE-TIME theme: Christmas invasion $0.0600
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/46103937-apexs-annual-flash-fiction-contest
Stiff Things ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 3/1/2016 OR UNTIL FILLED Erotic horror $0.0300
http://www.cometpress.us/books/stiffthings/guidelines.html
Division By Zero ANTHOLOGY SERIES All spec-fic $0.0100
http://www.mifiwriters.org/submissions/
Space and Time Magazine All spec-fic, especially mixed genre $0.0100
http://spaceandtimemagazine.com/wp/submissions/
Cyclopean Spec-fic $0.0100
http://www.cyclopeanpress.com/#submissions
What Dwells Below ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 1/1/2016 Horror themed to sewers
$25.00 http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/open_subs.htm
There Will Be War ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY DUE UNTIL FILLED Hard SF, adventure, and space opera themed to war
$100.00 http://www.jerrypournelle.com/chaosmanor/the-evils-of-the-day-accepting-submissions-for-there-will-be-war/
Book Smugglers Novella Initiative ONE-TIME OPENING - DUE 5/30/2016 Spec-fic novellas
$100.00 http://thebooksmugglers.com/2015/09/book-smugglers-publishing-announcing-the-novella-initiative-and-open-call.html
2016 Climate Fiction Short Story (Arizona State University) ONE-TIME CONTEST - DUE 1/15/2016 The future as impacted by climate change
$1,000.00 https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest/
Eldritch Press (Online) - DEAD MARKET (no short stories) All spec-fic $0.0300
http://www.eldritchpress.com/submission-guidelines.html
Insatiable (White Cat Publications) - DEAD MARKET Paranormal romance $0.0300
http://www.whitecatpublications.com/?page_id=1995
West Pigeon Press - DEAD MARKET All spec-fic $0.0300


Aswiebe's Market List
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
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Links
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About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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Stories about unlikely academia! Librarians, monsters, teachers, metaphysics, and more. The Journal of Unlikely Academia includes my story, "And Other Definitions of Family," about a xeno-anthropologist who takes a very intimate approach to field research. And big congrats to the publishers, Unlikely Story, on becoming an #SFWApro qualified market.




Excerpt:

She didn't have a client appointment scheduled, but they all knew she welcomed drop-ins. She checked the peep-cam. Optimal lighting, background soundscape, clothing level, hairstyle, and pheromone spray all depended on the client's species. Her eyebrows lifted involuntarily when she saw the bat-like Bitocktee male at her door.

Alien males were generally as keen as human males on sticking their dick or other species-appropriate appendage in new and interesting places. Representatives of most other species with a culture-and-commerce post on Nueva Nova had found their way to her door, but this was her first Bitocktee. A burst of interest shot through her. Then she got a better look at him, and wariness tempered her first reaction.

She'd studied alien body language at Berkeley. This male's leathery wings curved tightly to shield his abdominal pouch, his claws peeked out of their sheaths, and his cheek quills quivered in the defensive erect position. Human xenologists had large gaps in their knowledge of Bitocktee, but that was aggressive, not amorous, posturing.

May tightened her robe, in case he might find a glimpse of human mammaries disturbing, pulled her hip-length black hair up into in a bun, pasted a nonthreatening closed-mouth smile on her face, and opened the door. She held an alarm buzzer just in case. Nobody called her stupid, not unless they paid extra for the privilege. In advance.

"You are the female human who rents out her reproductive system?" his translator chirped.

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An Iota of Interest
One of the pieces of writing advice that is often heard is, "Focus on one project. Finish what's in front of you first." That's all well and good until you're deep in the weeds of editing and your writer's soul is crying out for something! anything! more creative to do.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Gritting my teeth and plowing through edits on my main project. Of course, this has left my creative side running in circles like an insane gerbil. As a sanity-preserving measure, I've started up a side project to write on for half an hour on those days when I don't expect to get to the writing part of "writing." It's a fluffy urban fantasy about a half-dragon, half-succubus in a magic traveling hotel. I don't even plan to submit this to any major book publishers unless my writing group (unexpectedly) adores it. However, right now it's just what I need to write. A little. Sometimes. When I can't write on another project.

Things Shiny or Useful

Shinies will return next month.

Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html

Featured Market
Metaphorosis wants fantasy and science fiction, broadly defined.

Nothing is out of bounds; we don’t want to set limits on imagination. However, we’re less likely to be interested in military SF, time travel, vampires, or zombies.

Vegan bonus points!
The basics: SF/Fantasy, any length, pays $.01/word, no reprints. Guidelines at http://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/.


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An Iota of Interest
Every moment is the beginning of something. That thought helps me when I'm stuck in the middle of the writing process.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
Weeell, the Jack Sparrow "faces of writing" sums it up pretty well. I moved from the writing draft stage to the editing stage. Picture not inserted here because of copyright, but you can see it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/462041242997659735/

Things Shiny or Useful
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* 225 Hashtags for Writers [marketing]: http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2015/04/225-hashtags-for-writers.html

Featured Market
Farstrider Magazine wants fantasy of all kinds, especially lighter fantasy. The current submission period closes 8/31/2015.

We are a Fantasy magazine, and we welcome submissions of all types that can fall under that umbrella.  We may become more selective over time, but as we get started here I'd like to cast as wide a net as possible and see what mysterious and unique stories can be pulled out from the deep.  Of course, we still have our preferences.  We are partial to lighter stories of whimsy and wonder, and would love to see stories with a sense of humor along the lines of Terry Pratchett, Gail Carriger, or a World of Warcraft quest about lost dwarven ale.   These are the stories that will likely rise to the top, but don't let that keep you from submitting something outside the boundaries of this guideline if it is one that you are particularly proud of.
The basics: Fantasy, 1,000 - 4,000 words, pays $.03/word, no reprints. Guidelines at http://www.farstridermag.com/submit.html.

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An Iota of Interest
Gender balance is a tricky thing, especially in a historical setting. When women don't have much ability to choose their lives, they make less interesting characters. If you're writing science fiction or fantasy, though, a disruptive event (like an apocalypse) can make anything possible. Of course, a character's past will change how they act. And that makes the story a lot more interesting. For more about this, you can see my upcoming guest post at http://catherineldf.livejournal.com/ within the next few days.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
I'm done with conventions! Deep sigh of relief. I have a couple of other things coming up in a few months, but nothing immediate. This feels verra nice. Mostly I'm working on beating a novel proposal into shape, coming up with an elevator pitch, and struggling with title possibilities. Titles are my nemesis. The best I can hope for is "not eye-gougingly horrible."

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html

* How Do We Talk About Strong Female Characters [characterization]: http://www.tor.com/2015/06/16/how-do-we-talk-about-strong-female-characters

Featured Market
New from Escape Artists (the people who brought us Escape Pod, PodCastle, and Pseudopod), Mothership Zeta wants science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that are fun.

The robot who fights a dinosaur, not the robot who explores its lack of humanity and deactivates itself. The nagini who goes on an adventure, not the nagini who is tortured and drowns herself. The blonde woman who kills monsters, not the blonde woman who gets ripped apart by monsters. Fun doesn’t necessarily mean “funny,” and stories can have conflict and darker elements, but we want stories that leave the reader satisfied, usually in a positive way. Bittersweet is okay, tragic is not. (Unless you’re Cabin in the Woods. A killer unicorn buys you some credit.)
The basics: funny SF/F/H, 6,000 words max, pays $.06/word, no reprints. Guidelines at http://mothershipzeta.org/submission-guidelines/. They're currently closed for submissions, so plan ahead!
Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.
Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Cicada YA comics, fiction, and art, all genres including SF/F, themed issues $0.2500
http://www.cicadamag.com/submitwork
Clarkesworld Magazine likes language $0.1000
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
Urban Fantasy Magazine Urban fantasy $0.0600
http://urbanfantasymagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Steampunk Universe Multicultural steampunk with differently abled main character $0.0600
http://alliterationink.tumblr.com/post/123390010225/special-call-for-submissions-steampunk-universe
Mothership Zeta (Escape Artists) Podcast SF/F/H that is fun $0.0600
http://mothershipzeta.org/submission-guidelines/
Pseudopod (Podcast) Horror $0.0600
http://pseudopod.org/guidelines
Gernsback Writing Contest (Amazing Stories) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/1 - 7/31 SF, themed $0.0600
http://amazingstoriesmag.com/gernsback-writing-contest/
Shattered Prism All spec-fic $0.0600
http://shatteredprism.com/guidelines.html
Solarpunk Optimistic near-future SF $0.0300
http://www.solarpunkpress.com/submit/
Phantom Drift - ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL 01/01/2016 New weird, slipstream, fabulism $0.0200
http://www.phantomdrift.org/#!/sitepage_4
Orthogonal SF Spec-fic, especially indefinable and experimental
$100.00 http://www.orthogonalsf.net/?p=41
Apex Publications SF/F/H novels and novellas
$100.00 http://www.apexbookcompany.com/pages/apex-books-guidelines
Odd Tree Press All spec-fic
$20.00 http://oddtreepress.com/submissions/
Allegory SF/F/H - some general quirky
$15.00 http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions.htm
Flash Forge Horror, bizarro, weird, etc.
$10.00 http://riotforgestudios.com/flash-submissions/
Witches (Fey Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2015 Fantasy or dark fantasy, themed to witches
$5.00 http://www.feypublishing.com/submissions.html
Vine Leaves Literary Journal All genres, vignettes
$3.76 http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/submission-guidelines.html
MicroHorror ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/1 - 10/31 - DEAD MARKET Themed.
$5.00 http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/
vMeme21 - DEAD MARKET Multimedia and mundane SF - also has shared-world project - READ MANIFESTO $0.0500
http://www.vmeme21.com
Tales of the Unanticipated (TOTU) - DEAD MARKET SF/F/H and unclassifiable $0.0150
http://www.totu-ink.com/guidelines.phtml


Aswiebe's Market List
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
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Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

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Abra SW will be performing an excerpt from A Circus of Brass and Bone, a post-apocalyptic steampunk novel, followed by a brief discussion of the writing process.

Friday, July 3rd, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
DoubleTree 2201

Add to your CONvergence schedule: schedule.convergence-con.org/event/377c0960ae40814c795d3a7128931664

Donuts will be available first-come, first-served.

About the Book

If you'd like to travel with a steampunk circus through post-apocalyptic wilderness and disintegrating cities, you might enjoy reading A Circus of Brass and Bone. People come together ... or die.

Reviews

"Read if: You would love to read about circus freaks, espionage, war elephant golems, intrepid female ship captains, monkeys finding true love, and the authentic smells of large cities."
- Heidi Waterhouse, Goodreads

"the world has a texture and a past that appeals even as it appalls ... The characters have a lot of bad stuff happening to them, but they retain both agency and their moral sense. The darker scenes never devolve into hopelessness or pointless gore."
- Marissa Lingen, Novel Gazing Redux

"'Circus' is a steampunk fantasy piece told in a period voice. It has a thick Dickensian accent and the affectations of Christie, Shelley and Austen. It's sparking conversations you'd expect at a dinner party where Katherine Dunn, Cormac McCarthy and Kurt Vonnegut had a little too much wine. It's imaginative modern literature."
- Rob Callahan, “'A Circus of Brass and Bone' a sea change for indie authorship,” Vita.mn
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An Iota of Interest

I've found it gives me an advantage to do a detailed scene outline immediately before writing the scene. For one, it separates the "trying to find good words" from "trying to figure out what happens." Divide and conquer. For another, if I find myself falling into part of the scene as I outline it, that's the best time to switch over to actually writing it.



What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:




'Tis convention season! I'll be appearing at two Minneapolis conventions, 4th Street Fantasy Convention (June 26th-28th) and CONvergence (July 2nd-5th). I'll be appearing on panels at both, and I have a reading at CONvergence!



4th Street Fantasy's panel schedule is not yet finalized, but I know for certain that my schedule includes moderating "Surviving Yourself: Self-Care for Creative Types."



My schedule at CONvergence has me on the "Using Folklore as Inspiration" panel. I will also be performing an excerpt from my post-apocalyptic steampunk novel, A Circus of Brass and Bone, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2015. There will be donuts!

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 



* The entire case records from a Victorian asylum are now online [research]: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-entire-case-records-from-a-victorian-asylum-are-now-online


* StoryWonk podcast - Five Minutes [motivation]: http://forum.storywonk.com/index.php?/topic/338-the-journeyman-writer-21-five-minutes/

* #WhereIWrite [motivation]: http://www.whereiwrite.tv/

Featured Market







sub-Q Magazine wants F/SF interactive fiction and webtoons:


Yes to:
  • Stories that can be told only on a device (using choice, audio, and/or animation)
  • Fiction, poetry, and webtoons/sequential art welcome
  • Twine, TADS, Inform7, custom HTML5 welcome
  • Limit 3500 words or five minutes of first playthrough
  • F/SF and horror
  • 90% pleasure, 10% heartbreak
  • Showing the reader things they’ve never seen before
  • Cross-browser QA-testing appreciated
  • Mobile compatibility appreciated*
  • Smart and fun
  • Affirming the human race deserves to live


The basics: interactive SF/H, 3,500 words max, pays $.09/word ($.06/text + $.03/interactivity), reprints okay. Guidelines at https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/.




Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology - ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2015 All genres except horror (dark fantasy okay) and erotica
$100.00 http://www.cantinapublishing.com/submissions/untethered/
Sub-Q Interactive fiction $0.0900
https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/
Clockwork Phoenix 5 (Mythic Delirium) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/26/2015 All spec-fic $0.0600
http://mythicdelirium.com/?page_id=2277
Imaginate All genres, themed to photo prompt $0.0500
http://imaginatezone.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html
Unlikely Story (FKA The Journal of Unlikely Entomology) All genres,three themed issues yearly: 1 bugs, 1 cryptography, 1 something else $0.0600
http://www.unlikely-story.com/?page_id=62
Alternate Hilarities 4: Weirder Science (Strange Musings Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/30/2015 Funny SF $0.0100
http://www.strangemusingspress.com/p/blog-page.html
Myriad Lands ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2015 Non-Western fantasy $0.0500
http://www.stokesinternet.com/guardbridgebooks//Submissions.html
Weird City Themed: strange things in densely populated places
$50.00 http://weirdcitypress.com/submission-guidelines/
Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/13/2015 Scary campfire-type stories $0.0400
http://www.emppublishing.com/about.html
Manor House All horror and dark fantasy
$20.00 http://www.manorhouseshow.com/#!fiction-writers/c3cg
Fearful Fathoms ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1 - 8/31/2015 Body of water-themed horror $0.0100
http://www.scarletgalleonpublications.com/#!publications/c1m85
SNAFU: Future Warfare ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/13/2015 Military SF/horror $0.0315
http://cohesionpress.com/about-2/submissions/snafu-future-warfare/
Slaypunk ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1/2015 Dark fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, themed to monster slaying.
$25.00 https://embypress.submittable.com/submit/39050
Monster Waiting in the Woods, The (Emby Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2015 Dark fiction, horror, SF, themed to monsters
$25.00 https://embypress.submittable.com/submit/39051
Snowpocalypse ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/8/2015 Horror, fantasy, and SF themed to endless winter.
$25.00 http://www.blackmirrorpress.com/our-anthologies.html
Lovecraftian Visions (Robot Cowgirl) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 Lovecraftian
$50.00 http://robotcowgirl.com/lovecraftian-visions/
Futuristica Vol. I (Meta Sagas) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 SF with diverse characters. $0.0600
http://metasagas.com/submissions/
Muffled Screams (Wicked Tales) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 Horror, themed $0.0100
http://wickedtales.ca/submissions/anthology/
Witches, Warlocks, Demons, & Evil-Doers ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2015 Dark fantasy about harm caused by supernaturals or magic
$25.00 https://sirenscallpublications.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/opensubmissions-witcheswarlocksdemonsandevildoers/

Aswiebe's Market List
* Aswiebe's Market List
is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science
fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example,
only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.


* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!

* Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

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Links



Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List

Abra Staffin-Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's blog


Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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I had all kinds of plans to be wonderfully productive and social etc. this week, and then I was caught by The Sick that had Phil the previous two weeks. It seems to be proceeding according to the same schedule, too. After a week of being sick, I feel normal-with-congestion some of the time, and then The Sick hits me over the head and I feel woozy and incapable of basic reasoning. Happily, it's a three-day weekend, so Phil is home to take care of the kids when The Sick sucker-punches me. Today, Theia also started showing signs of The Sick.

The Sick sidelined some of my plans, including the ones to meet with my resident archaeology/Belize expert to brainstorm about the Belize book. Bah. I am not getting my scheduled number of words written per week, so that whole end-of-the-year time table may be a myth after all. However, I've been doing reading and making notes and trying to figure things out.

Rivers of blood! Crystal skulls! Rivers of scorpions! Coral reefs! Jungles! Howler monkeys!

Writing was going really well until I hit the part where the plot moves to Belize and I have to have actually figured out things like the tour itinerary and what plot movement will happen where and, um, what plot movement will happen at all, and who the supporting characters on the tour are. Turns out I hadn't plotted as much as I thought. I just had a great concept and (general) setting and very little in the way of actual plot. Phil laughed when I said this. Just recently he was telling me that I am more of a pantser* than I think I am.

I'm also figuring out convention stuff for this summer. I'll be going to two local SF and fantasy conventions, CONvergence and 4th Street Fantasy. I have a reading planned for CONvergence, which means I'm also going to be experimenting with homemade donuts. I will be on panels at a number of conventions greater than or equal to 1.

[WARNING: BABY TMI] And I'm trying to figure out how to deal with my darling baby girl, who in the last couple of weeks has decided that rather than weaning as planned, she would like to nurse more. It will be highly inconvenient (for me) if I'm still a milch mom when I'm planning on being gone from early morning into the evening, particularly since I'm not getting a hotel room at either of these conventions. I have no experience in weaning a baby, since Cassius weaned himself cold-turkey when he turned one, and I'm rather terrified of it being an upsetting process. Any tips, other mothers?

* One of the eternal writing debates is whether 'tis better (for a given writer) to plot or to pants, as in
write "by the seat of their pants."

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