Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Fantasy/Sci-fi Reprint Market With a Caution

Have you ever run across a publishing company that completely baffled you with their guidelines?  I ran across a market today that is asking for reprints but states that they have the right to require the author to make all changes that they request.  Now, isn't the purpose of publishing reprints so that you don't have to rewrite stories? 

In their mission statement they say that they are going to pay 6cents a word for original fiction but on their Submittable page they state that payment is a royalty split with writers, slush readers, editors, etc.  Basically, you'll be lucky if you see a dime.  This doesn't align with the fact that they're looking to become an approved market with the SFFWA.  They seem to be confused about what they're asking for in the way of stories.  They want reprints but seem to be posting guidelines for original stories.

I realize that this is a new market but if they're this confused...?  I read their submission guidelines at Submittable,  Checked out the original website that was linked from there in October (which has no postings).  And checked the website that was linked to from Duotrope.  Be sure to check out as much as you can before submitting so you can get an idea of who you are submitting to.  I thought this would be a good market for reprints but now I'm not so sure.

Now, with that said, this market is looking for sci-fi and fantasy reprints for two separate anthologies.  You can find their Submittable page here and their website here


Jacqueline Seewald said...

I checked it out. Apparently, they originally said they were a paying market, but now thought better of it. They want only reprints and are doing a royalty split which as you point out will end up providing no payment for writers. However, for those who just want their work published and don't care, this could be satisfactory.

sandra seamans said...

Having your reprints out there is a good thing, Jacqueline, just much better if you get a little payment for your work.