Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Just a Note

Just a note to say that there hasn't been much in the way of markets this past week.  Seems like everything I find is either non-paying or require fees to submit.  Very depressing.  Makes me wonder why I even bother to write.  The joy of writing seems to disappear a little bit more with every market search and the upcoming Holidays don't seem to help matters any.

Anyhoo, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you - May it be filled with family and friends.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Same to you, Sandra. Kind of shocking how few places make me want to write a story.

sandra seamans said...

Yes, many the crime markets that we submitted to seem to have disappeared. And lately I just don't feel like writing about death and crime.

Peter DiChellis said...

Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving. And thank you for all you do for authors.

Some great short markets did disappear this year, ADR Mag and Plan B among them. Sad news. But other long-time all-stars keep on truckin'. (I won't try to name them all. I'd surely leave someone out.)  

And I'm hoping some of the new markets you've brought to our attention will prosper. Examples: Darkhouse Books got off to a great start, and has four antho calls scheduled for 2016. Mystery Weekly is chugging along nicely so far. Broken River Review (anthology) seems superb, especially if it becomes annual. Crime Syndicate and Manslaughter Review are starting up. And, in gigantic news, Untreed Reads published the first-ever SMFS anthology. (What if that became annual?!)

We'll see. Meantime, turkey and football.

Best wishes,
Peter DiChellis

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Sandra,

There are definitely fewer markets. Maybe it's the time of the year. I don't know--possibly the economy. But things go in cycles.

sandra seamans said...

Yes, Peter, there are still a great many markets out there for short fiction but I'm remembering a time about ten years ago when the Internet was filled with markets for mystery/crime short stories. True, many of them were non-paying but as a group the writers and publishers were amazing in putting the work out there for the world to see. Hopefully the new markets will stick around for a while.

I wonder, Jacqueline, if the ability to self-publish shorts has led to the decline of online mystery markets. If people don't submit, they don't exist.