Why I don’t submit more short stories – a self-realization, and a question

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    AlexFF
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    So last night as I was seeing the submission counts of various FMers and thinking about the latest SWFA mini-scandal, I got thinking about why I don’t submit more of my short stories and I realized that it’s not because I fear rejection or don’t want strangers judging me. It’s not a fear of success thing either.

    In fact it’s not psychological at all. It’s porcess.

    I don’t have a list of magazines and contacts and submission templates all set up so that when I finish a story it goes into the hopper then down the line until it finds a home.

    So, having realized that, I can get one set up and get the submissions rocking. I’m not a research fan but for this I will make the effort.

    Now for the question…

    Does anyone have any favorite fantasy YA or NA publications that they’d recommend?

    Thanks
    Alex

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    Weird Jim
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    I haven’t searched for some time, but something at the back of my mind seems to say there isn’t much of a YA/NA market for short fiction as the younger ‘A’s tend to read adult short fiction.

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    MarFisk
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    The new one Erin was talking about wants young people friendly, Aurora Wolf doesn’t pay much but likes the YA from my experience, but most of the newer mags seem YA friendly (newer meaning not golden age print mags. Strange Horizons on occasion, but usually not, Intergalactic Medicine more, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, I think Buzzy also made mention of being younger audience friendly.

    That’s all I’ve got off the top of my head, but read the guidelines of the top mags at Ralan and you should find quite a few.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
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    #227884
    AlexFF
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    Thanks! Ralan waas the first place I went. Thanks!

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    ErinMH
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    As long as you’re qualified, be sure to consider Writers of the Future for one story each quarter.

    #227890
    AlexFF
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    I forgot about that. I got an hon men the one time I did submit. And they asked for more…

    #227869
    Weird Jim
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    Do you have a lot of these stories? I did a quick search last night and got quite a few hits on YA, but sort of “What you talking about,” with NA. But an aging memory being an ageing memory I’ve forgotten the search term I used.

    So! While I got a bunch of hits on Google most of which did not offer a lot, I did get an idea. If you have a lot of stories (an impression I got from your post), why not publish a collection on Smashwords? So many YAs now have the near obligitory cell phone that also functios as a reader, an SP market away from a magazine subscription could catch on. It might take a while, but I think that maybe they have more chance there than sitting on your HD or in some overworked sub editor’s slush pile.

    As to the size of the collection, if you think it a good idea, perhaps somebody else here can give some suggestions.

    #227897
    AlexFF
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    New Adult is a new term for fiction aimed at people 19-24.

    I have lots of stuff in the hopper for the indie publishing route. I want to gain some industry exposure and maybe some SFWA credits, so thought I’d send stories out to some markets before indie-publishing them.

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    MarFisk
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    Duh, of course. Good luck with WOTF.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
    https://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-steamship-chronicles/

    #227906
    Weird Jim
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    http://www.bing.com/search?q=new+adult+short++fiction+markets&qs=n&form=QBLH&pc=BDT3&filt=all&pq=new+adult+short+fiction+markets&sc=0-13&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=eab2d393f6f04261a744f6813af7cb73

    This was the result for the term ‘New Adult fiction markets’. Again, I don’t know for certain, but isn’t New Adult a sort of shelving catagory in bookstores, and maybe libraries. Is there a market liisting for ‘New Adult’.

    #227917
    AlexFF
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    Likely not. It’s still a very new category

    #227870
    Weird Jim
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    One of the books most in demand during the early days of my seven years (18 to 25) in the Royal Navy was the banned novel ‘Lady Chatterly’s Lover’ which told of that lady’s affection for a gamekkeeper. Copies available were usually dog eared.

    Another much read author by the age group was Mickey Spillaine’s crime books. One of my favourite authors, before I left the navy at 25 was Thorne Smmith. ‘Topper’ and the rest. And it goes on.

    Now I know that tastes have changed, and I can’t point to anything that young women may have been/are reading, I’m positive human nature hasn’t changed, so chasing New Adult could be exhausting and futile pursuit.

    #227925
    AlexFF
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    Don’t worry. I don’t chase. I write what I love to write. It just happens that my characters tend to be teens to early 20 somethings, which now has a new label. I would have been writing it even without the New Adult label. It would have just been called “Fantasy”. ;)

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    MarFisk
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    Actually, New Adult is more an expansion of the story types of YA into the college to early out on your own ages. It’s because YA has become so rigid and when you graduate high school, if you’re looking for the same types of stories, everyone seems too young, or so they tell me. It’s not so much about what people of that age read as about a certain genre feel that was previously denied to any characters over 18.

    She remakes mechanical devices, and he dreams of becoming a steamship captain in The Steamship Chronicles. Book 1 is free in eBook.
    https://margaretmcgaffeyfisk.com/the-steamship-chronicles/

    #227871
    David Bridger
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    New Adult is hugely in demand – possibly the most hugely in demand genre – with editors working for digital first publishers and the digital imprints of the big 5, and therefore with agents who sell to that market. Which happens to be the most vibrant and thriving market in the publishing industry right now. So, y’know. It isn’t for me, but for everyone whose work falls naturally into the genre or who wants to adapt their work to fit it, this is a golden time.

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