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New market list update is out!

In which there's a super-awesome short fiction contest about the idea of a basic income (and the prize is one!), and I ponder how writing time disappears.

http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#091517
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Thoughts in Passing

I'm in the middle of a massive hack-and-slash on a finished novella project, cutting 29,200 words down to 25,000 so that I can submit it a shorter version to a particular place. That means I need to cut enough words that they would make a good-sized short story all by themselves. I'm about a quarter done. I approach this project in the spirit of taking out everything that I possibly can, from adjectives to not-entirely-critical character interactions to whole scenes that can be summarized or omitted.

That is not how I normally approach editing. I don't believe that cutting down to the bone is best for every story. You can lose a lot of your personal voice and style that way. (I still cut my fair share of weasel words and plot going nowhere and bits that only exist to get from Point A to Point B, I assure you!)

I've also cut a couple hundred words from my "finished" long version. Maybe 1/10th of the time, the shorter version is stronger, not just different. I don't recommend gutting your story simply to see what works better that way, but it's a good exercise to try once. Save the original version first!

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

I held back on announcing this, because reasons, but I have a new publication to announce! My short story, "Miracle Material," appears in Mother's Revenge: A Dark and Bizarre Anthology of Global Proportions.

In this mixed genre group of eco-tales, thirty-two authors from around the globe offer up some lessons in why it's wise to be kind to Mother Earth. Read and take heed. Your very life may depend on it!


 
And if you're in Minneapolis, next Sunday I'm leading a free workshop on PoV (Point of View). Come and say hi!


Meetup event: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/events/239675908/

(Read the rest of this Aswiebe's Market List update here: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2017.html#081617)
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Thoughts in Passing

As a panelist at conventions, I am fortunate enough to be put in a position where I need to intensively study a certain story-related question. It changes my reading list. It changes the way that I read my reading list. It changes the way I read things that are not on my reading list. Maybe you're not on any panels. Maybe you don't go to conventions. You can still benefit from a narrow focus on the topic. Find a nearby convention, choose a panel that you're interested in, and plan as if you're going to be talking on that panel: questions, observations, and reading lists. You may be surprised by how much you gain from this.

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

I recently wrapped up a short writing project. I've gone back to working on my novel(s), except the next 6 weeks are full of conventions, related convention panel prep, and teaching classes. Classes! I am teaching classes! If you are interested in these, register. If someone you know in the Twin Cities area would be interested, please pass this information along. Register now!


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New Aswiebe's Market List update! Unshattering wants SF/F/Lit leading to a better future, pays $.10/wd. All the details and more: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html
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Grimdark Magazine wants the darker, grittier side of fantasy and science fiction. All the details and more market list updates:
http://aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html
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Blind Spot publishes French and English SFF in translation (they go both ways), pays $.08/word. Details and more updates:

http://aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html
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Retro Future Wants Love-Themed Pulp SF. All the details plus more market news: http://aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html.
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Scout wants near-future hard SF, pays $.08/word. More details and other updates: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html
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Helios Quarterly wants SF, Fantasy, and Horror about *secrets*. All the details and more publishing news here: http://aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html

Thoughts in Passing

Now that the kids are in school (the littlest one for only three mornings a week), I'm struggling with the eternal question: how do I budget my time? Writing is one of those things where almost every aspect of it will expand to fill up however much time you give it. The famous productivity metaphor of putting the big rock in the bucket first doesn't work as well when instead of rocks and sand you have seven fire hoses! We'll see how it goes.
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

Presentations and novella revisions, mostly. I also heard back about my tiny part in a project that was tabled a while ago--because they needed to pay me because it's going ahead! That was a delightful surprise, like finding $20 in your winter coat when you take it out of storage. You'll hear more about this once it's out.
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Book Smugglers wants stories of gods and/or monsters, pays $.06/wd. All the details and more new markets:
http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html


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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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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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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 5/15/2016.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2016.html#041516

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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I will no longer be posting the full market listing update on Livejournal, but you can read it at http://aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html. To get new updates emailed to you, subscribe to Aswiebe's Market List Update.

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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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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 3/15/2016.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2016.html#021916

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 Details
* 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.
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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.
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
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.
* 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.
* To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
* You can also get market list updates through social media by following my RSS feed, Livejournal, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ account. But social media sites come and go, so the email newsletter is probably the most reliable method.

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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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/.


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