Market of the Week

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Market of the Week

Postby Lady Maven » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:54 pm

I have not decided whether I am done with my stickied thread or not. But I do know that I think Market of the Week deserves it's own space, so to that ends I will list at least one every week until I forget, or there isn't a market, or aliens eat me up entirely.

Abberant Dreams


Abberant Dreams is a Spec Fiction site that accepts any short sttory submission but focuses on Fantasy. They pay 3 cents per word to a maximum of $100.00. Not bad for that short story you have laying around. They also buy poems for $1.00 a line up to $50.00

Their submission guidelines:

Aberrant Dreams is a serial publication bearing the electronic International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) number 1554-0081, and is published electronically to the World Wide Web. Additionally, Aberrant Dreams is an annual printed publication, published in hardcover (clothbound), paperback, and, at the Publishers discretion, eBook formats, and contains all Works published to the World Wide Web in the previous calendar year.

Short Fiction Submissions
Aberrant Dreams accepts short fiction of fantasy, science fiction and supernatural horror genres. We look for stories with a solid plot and good character development. Stories should grab the reader’s attention quickly. Stories should be original and not a rehash of tired old themes. If you do draw from an old theme, add a twist to make it unique. Submit to the appropriate genre as listed below. The subject line of the email must contain the term “SUBMISSION” and the title of your submission.



Our response time is 1 to 5 months.

Format
Please submit a cover letter with your story. This can be a part of the submission email. Simply tell us what other stories you’ve had published, if any, and your contact information. Also, please include your name as you would like it credited to your story if it is accepted. Stories should be composed in Courier New size 10 or 12 font and saved as .doc or .rtf. Stories should be less than 10,000 words in length. Also, your manuscript should follow standardized format. For an example of a standard manuscript format, visit http://www.sfwa.org. We do accept multiple submissions (more than one submission sent to us), but please try to keep this within reason (no more than five at any one time). We do not accept simultaneous submissions (same submission sent to multiple markets at the same time).

Rights Purchased
We at Aberrant Dreams purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, First English Anthology Rights, and First World Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, and eBook editions of the publication. For previously published Work, we purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, non-exclusive English Anthology Rights, and non-exclusive World Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, and eBook editions of the publication.

What this means in laymen’s terms is upon story acceptance, we purchase the rights to place the story on the web, and that we purchase the rights to print this story in our annual anthology and distribute it in the English language around the world.

Payment
Aberrant Dreams pays 3 cents per word up to a maximum of $100.00 per accepted story submission. Additionally, we provide the Author with one contributor’s copy of the printed anthology (available after the close of the calendar year). Additional copies of the printed serial publication will be available to the Author for 50% off of the cover price.



Poerty Submissions
At last, Aberrant Dreams is re-openning to poetry submissions. At current, poetry will be a web-only feature of the magazine. Aberrant Dreams is looking for well crafted speculative poetry--all kinds (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror). While we like free verse poetry, if your poem has a strong rhyme and meter pattern, it will have a much better chance of acceptance. Submit to the email address listed below. The subject line of the email must contain the term “SUBMISSION” and the title of your submission.



Our response time is 1 to 5 months.

Format
Please submit a cover letter with your poem. This can be a part of the submission email. Simply tell us what other poems you’ve had published, if any, and your contact information. Also, please include your name as you would like it credited to your poem if it is accepted. Also, your manuscript should follow standardized format--poems should be composed in single spaced Courier New size 10 or 12 font and saved as .doc or .rtf. Poems should be no more than 50 lines in length. Also, make sure to include your contact information. We do accept multiple submissions (more than one submission sent to us), but please try to keep this within reason (no more than five at any one time). We do not accept simultaneous submissions (same submission sent to multiple markets at the same time).

Rights Purchased
We at Aberrant Dreams purchase non-exclusive Print and Electronic Rights for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, and eBook editions of the publication. For previously published Work, we purchase non-exclusive Print and Electronic Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, and eBook editions of the publication.

What this means in laymen’s terms is upon poetry acceptance, we purchase the rights to place the poem on the web, and that we purchase the rights to print this poem in a publication containing the name of Aberrant Dreams and distribute it in the English language around the world, if we so choose.

Payment
Aberrant Dreams pays $1 dollar per line up to a maximum of $50.00 per accepted poem submission. Additionally, we provide the Author with one contributor’s copy of any printed edition in which the poem is featured (if any).
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Postby Lady Maven » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:59 pm

OK, so a few of you are watching, very cool. If you have any requests post them and I will hunt you a market.

Next is TOR, these are the people who publish Piers Anthony, Issaac Asimov etc, if you don't think you are as good as they are you are wasting your time writing for publication. It is NOT for wimps.

http://www.tor-forge.com/

From their site (My notes will be in red):

Submissions guidelines

How do I submit writing to Tom Doherty Associates, LLC?

We have an open submissions policy and consider tens of thousands of projects a year. Every proposal that reaches us is reviewed by at least one member of the editorial staff. We apologize in advance for replying primarily with form letters; unfortunately, there's no other way to handle responses in a timely manner.

Please read this entire section before submitting; following our guidelines will ensure you a fair hearing by our editorial staff.


Please note that these guidelines are intended for writers who do not have agents. (MAVEN'S NOTE: Pay attention here, very few publishers, especially the big boys, accept unsolicited unagented manuscripts, this is a GOOD thing that they are doing treat them respectfully or other serious unagented authors will kick your sorry butts)

Your submissions packet should include:

The first three chapters of your book, prepared in standard manuscript format on white paper. (Spend a few bucks on GOOD paper if you want them to take it serious YOU take it serious) (If your chapters are really short or really long, or you don't use chapter breaks, you may send the first 40-60 pages of your book, provided you stay under 10,000 words.) (REALLY stay under 10k for those of you who have read my cheaters guide on how to count words.)

The submitted text must be made up of consecutive pages and should end at the end of a paragraph, not in mid-sentence. (Yes even if this means that you have wasted space at bottom, editors see this as a nice clean area to make notes anyway)

Standard manuscript format means margins of at least 1 inch all the way around; indented paragraphs; double-spaced text; and Courier or Times Roman in 10 or 12 pitch. Please use one side of the page only and do not justify the text. (PAY ATTENTION, they WILL throw your work out if they don't like the formatting, no matter what anyone elseincluding me tells you)

Do not bind the manuscript in any way. Make sure the header of the ms. includes either your name or the title of the book and the page number (on every page).

A synopsis of the entire book. The synopsis should include all important plot elements, especially the end of the story, as well as aspects of character development for your main characters. The synopsis should run between three and ten pages in standard manuscript format.

A dated cover letter that includes your name and contact information and the title of the submitted work. Briefly tell us what genre or subgenre the submission falls into and mention any qualifications you have that pertain to the work. Please list any previous publications in paying markets. (It is ok if you don't have any. Really. Don't sweat it)

A self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope for our reply letter.

Unfortunately, it's no longer possible for us to return submissions due to a change in postal service policy that requires packages weighing more than a pound be mailed at a post office. Since we use a company mailroom rather than a post office, when we try to return submissions, they are sent back to us by the postal service or disappear in transit. (isn't our government grand? fuckers)

We recycle your proposals. (That's not a euphemism for being tossed in a wastebasket--we recycle all white paper.) (LOL!!!!!)


If you live outside the United States, please go to http://www.usps.com/onlinepostage to see internet postage options.
If you do not include an SASE, you will not receive a reply at all.

Please send only one proposal in each submissions packet. If you have written a series, send a proposal for the first book only. If we like what we see, we'll ask for the rest.

Many people include postcards for us to return when the proposal reaches us. Unfortunately, we don't open submissions until we're ready to read them, so you'll likely get the "I got it" postcard the same day you receive our response to your project.

If you want to be sure that your manuscript was delivered to our offices, please ask for a return receipt or a signature confirmation when you post it.

Don't stop reading! Here are some tips to help the whole process work smoothly:

Don't send a query letter. It's practically impossible to judge a project from a query. We'd rather see your proposal.

Don't send submissions or inquiries by email or fax. We do not respond to emailed or faxed submissions, queries, or inquiries about the status of submissions.

Don't send disks. We want to read words in black type on white paper. And it's not that we don't trust you, but your system might have viruses you don't know about. (plus they don't always read at work, sometimes they lay down in bed just like you do, you want you manuscript portable)

Don't send us the only copy of anything. Things get lost in transit.

Don't send interior or cover art or an author photo. There's time for that later, if we like your project.

Don't send jewelry, food, toys, 3-dimensional representations of anything, or anything that might be construed as a bribe. Over the years, we've seen all of the following and more: handmade bracelets and earrings, anatomical models, home-baked cookies, fine fabrics, fancy bookmarks, cocoanuts, fancy manuscript boxes . . ..None of this has any impact on our consideration of your work. The work has to sink or swim on its own merits. (however, later when they like you, REALLY like you, send a nice card or small gift at holidays, they love that shit)

Thanks!

Send submissions to:
Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Address submissions as follows:

Paranormal Romance: Acquisitions Editor, Paranormal Romance

Science fiction and fantasy: Acquisitions Editor, Science Fiction and Fantasy

General fiction of all types including mysteries, thrillers, mainstream fiction, women's fiction, and horror: Acquisitions Editor, Fiction

Children's and Young Adult: Acquisitions Editor, Children's and Young Adult Division

(Want to REALLY stand out and show you are serious? Call and ask the name of the specific editror you are submitting to. They don't include it here for two reasons, one it may change, two, to see how well you do your homework, and there WILL be a test)

Note: We publish books for chapter book, middle grade, and young adult audiences. We do not publish picture books.
Generally we respond to unsolicited submissions within 4-6 months. Unfortunately, your manuscripts and our replies sometimes go astray in transit. Because of the volume of submissions, it's not possible for us to track down any individual project; please don't call for a status report. If you have not heard back from us after six months, please resubmit.


Are you an artist? Want to do a book cover?

How do I submit art to Tom Doherty Associates, LLC?
Our Art Directors will look at portfolios or artists interested in doing cover illustrations.

You may send tearsheets or prints or other examples of your work--do not send originals. Include an SASE for return. All materials are sent at your own risk.

If you are in the New York City area, you may drop off your portfolio at our office for review and return the next day to pick it up. The art department does not accept email submissions.

We are sorry, but we do not offer portfolio review for artists interested in doing interior illustrations.
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Postby Lady Maven » Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:45 pm

Ok all you guys and ghouls of the roleplay persuasion. hang on to your lunches and that odd flying RPG article, this one is for you.

First, I must include one caveat. What happens here on these forums has NOTHING to do with roleplay or a roleplaying game. Period. End of discussion. What happens here is interactive fiction. Nothing wrong with interactive fiction, but if this is all you write, this is not your market.

This is for people who write about roleplaying games.

GURPS!!!

Gurps will publish your articles and books if they like them. But you start at the bottom. They will not trust you with a feature book if you have never written for them. So you write RPG articles. And you submit. And you hope. And then you, if you are selected, get published. You do NOT make an ass load of money. You make some money, you can double the amount by taking product instead of cash.

Some day you can call Steve Jackson Steverino. But he hates being called that, so unless you are kick ass, don't.

From their site:

Steve Jackson Games welcomes new writers. In all honesty, we are now working with so many experienced, reliable writers that it has gotten harder to break in. But we're not a closed shop. The material in this area is intended to tell the new writer as much as possible about what we need and how we want to get it.

The shortest possible answer is: Read everything in this section, because we consider it an intelligence test. Then write articles for Pyramid Magazine. Then, when we're impressed with you, submit a proposal for a bigger project. We've always got room for people who can create the kind of things we really need.



Pyramid Guidelines

General writers info

Do NOT tell him Maven sent you because:

A. he has no idea who Maven is, that is not the name I write under.

B. Do not tell him Johnnie sent you, same reason.

C. I have NOT sent you, and if you tell him that and he figures out who I am, and he may we do know each other, I will tell him so and he will not be amused.
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Postby Lady Maven » Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:15 pm

This is not a single market, but a collection for spec fic.

Don't ignore all the 1 cent and less stuff and only go for the three cents and up. Remember, you need to beef up your portfoliotoo.

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mslee/mag.html#prof
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Lady Maven » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:19 am

I LOVE DAW publishing house:

DAW Books
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Dear Writer:

Thank you for your inquiry concerning our requirements. We hope the following information will answer your questions:

We publish science fiction and fantasy novels. We do not want short stories, short story collections, novellas, or poetry. The average length of the novels we publish varies but is almost never less than 80,000 words. (To estimate the length of your manuscript, you may want to use the technique mentioned below.)

Please do not submit handwritten material. Manuscripts must be typewritten or letter-quality computer generated. Use a dark ribbon. Clear photocopies are acceptable. The manuscript should be on 8" x 11" good white paper, double-spaced, with at least 1" wide margins all around. Please use only one side of the page, number your pages consecutively, and put the title of your novel at the top of each page.

Very important: Please type your name, address and phone number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of your manuscript. Right under this, please put the length of your manuscript in number of words.

We publish first novels if they are of professional quality. A literary agent is not required for submission. We will not consider manuscripts that are currently on submission to another publisher.

Be sure to include a postage paid envelope for the return of the manuscript, if it is not found acceptable. You are entitled to Fourth Class rates for literary manuscripts—ask at your local post office. If you prefer to send your work by First Class Mail and wish it returned the same way, be sure to include sufficient postage, or a check or money order to cover the postage costs. Canadian return postage can only be sent via Canadian Postal Money Order in US$. If you are mailing your manuscript from outside the U.S.A. or Canada, postage payment may only be made via American Express Money Order in US$, or by a check in US$ payable from a New York City bank. (Please do not enclose International Postal Coupons, except as postage for a single letter. IPCs cost approximately $3.50 each, but are only valid for 55 cents postage). Never send cash through the mail.

It may require up to three months or more for our editors to review a submission and come to a decision. If you want to be sure we have received your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard which we will return when your manuscript is logged-in.

It is not necessary for you to register or copyright your work before publication—it is protected by law as long as it has not been published. When published, we will copyright the book in the author's name and register that copyright with the Library of Congress.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR NEW WRITERS:

HOW TO GET THE WORD COUNT OF A MANUSCRIPT

Count the words in 10 lines and divide the total number of words by 10.
Count the lines on an average page.
Multiply the total number of lines for the sample full page by the approximate word count for one line. This gives you the word count for one page.
Then multiply this total count for the words on one page by the total number of pages in your manuscript. This is the total length of your manuscript in words. Please put this number on page one of your manuscript, right under your name address.
To check the accuracy of your count, please repeat this process twice.
Please send manuscripts to Peter Stampfel, Submission Editor.
Free DAW Books catalog available upon request.
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Reggie » Wed Feb 20, 2008 3:54 pm

For what it's worth, to those who are considering submitting, I have always found Daw to be more responsive and receptive to newcomers to the industry than Tor.

Sorry for interrupting your thread, Maven.
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Lady Maven » Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:20 am

Interupt away by all means.

My agent wants me to use DAW because he has a good rapport with them.
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Reggie » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:41 pm

DAW will tend to respond within the time frame they advertise. I've submitted to them about three or four times now, (all rejections, mind you), and have always received notification in a timely manner. By the way, take them seriously when they tell you they won't consider work already under consideration by another company. A stupid error on my part there cost me what probably would have been my first publication at novel length.
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Lady Maven » Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:44 pm

No one, even magazines will accept simultameous submissions. It's a hard rule, but I understand it. If they have put in the time and effort to read your manuscript, present it before their reviewers and contact you they will be MOST unhappy to find out you have sold it elsewhere. They may even call the people that you sold it to and make you look like an asshole there making further negotiations for more money go badly for you.
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Lady Maven » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:30 pm

Hey hey hey.

Okies, so it has been more than a week, primarily because I haven't found anything that I wanted to share, until today.

Not a market exactly, but a legit writing contest sponsored by the wonderful folks over at Writer's Digest

http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions

Win a trip to New York City !

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents.Writer's Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you'll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you're there, a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! Plus, you'll receive a free Diamond Publishing Package from Outskirts Press.

Entry Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2008.

For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online. Manuscripts in the script categories must be submitted via regular mail.





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Compete and Win in 10 Categories!

Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
Memoirs/Personal Essay
Magazine Feature Article
Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
Mainstream/Literary Short Story
Rhyming Poetry
Non-rhyming Poetry
Stage Play (* submission by mail only)
Television/Movie Script (* submission by mail only)
Children's/Young Adult Fiction
Entry Fee: Poems are $10 for the first entry; $5 for each additional poem submitted in the same online session. All other entries are $15 for the first manuscript; $10 for each additional manuscript submitted in the same online session.

Add $2 per manuscript to all entries postmarked after Thursday, May 15, 2008.Entries postmarked after Monday, June 02, 2008, will not be accepted.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors and agents.

You'll spend three days and two nights in NYC and a Writer's Digest editor will escort you to meet with four editors or agents of your choice! (Includes airfare within the U.S., meals, transportation and related expenses.)

First Place: The First Place Winner in each category receives $1,000 cash, a manuscript critique and marketing advice from a Writer's Digest editor or advisory board member, and $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books.

Second Place: The Second Place Winner in each category receives $500 cash, plus $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books.

Third Place: The Third Place Winner in each category receives $250 cash, plus $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books.

Fourth Place: The Fourth Place Winner in each category receives $100 cash.

Fifth Place: The Fifth-Place Winner in each category receives $50 cash.

Sixth through Tenth Place: The Sixth- through Tenth-Place winners in each category receive $25 cash.

First through Tenth Place Winners also receive a copy of the 2009 Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition and a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest Magazine.

11th through 100th Place: All other winners receive distinctive certificates honoring their accomplishment.

PLUS—Especially for Writer's Digest subscribers: Writer's Digest subscribers who enter the competition and provide a valid subscription number are eligible to win a special prize package featuring a one-year subscription renewal to Writer's Digest, the 2009 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition, and $100 worth of free Writer's Digest Books. You have five chances to win.

For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online. Manuscripts in the script categories must be submitted via regular mail.

Entry Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2008

Late Entry Deadline: Monday, June 02, 2008 (Add $2 to Entry Fee(s))


.... and more click link below for full:

http://www.writersdigest.com/annual/

Get your acts together, May 15th is the deadline.
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Re: Market of the Week

Postby Voice Elessar » Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:42 am

Thread has served its purpose, new content seems unlikely...
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