Sunday, November 21, 2010

Just haven't earned it yet, baby

I have three stories on sub right now, which is the most I've ever had out at one time. In fact, these three stories represent the sum total of my short fiction inventory. My efforts to become more prolific have been... about as successful as my efforts to get a driver's license.

I gave up trying to get a driver's license. I won't give up trying to be prolific; it's too much fun, and also, if I screw it up, no pedestrians' lives will be at risk.

I suppose I hope that while I'm low on the quantity axis, I'm proportionately high on the quality one. I have a low sample size with which to judge, but for what it's worth, my stats are pretty good (all sales pro so far; few rejections per story; when rejected, always personal and inviting me to submit again). This is, of course, whistling in the dark... I haven't made a sale in a year, and I'm frittering away my momentum, especially if none of my three hopefuls make the cut.

They are lovely little things, in my opinion. And I must make more of them.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ideomancer is looking for editors

This is what I've been doing with my spare time for a while now. It's fun, challenging, and very educational for writers, and of course, a great team of people.

Wanted!

Ideomancer is looking for two new junior editors for fiction only. Slush wrangler wannabes should be VERY familiar with our magazine and know the styles of fiction we publish. Our guidelines state: Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. We want unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. We also have an eye for more traditional tales told with excellence.

We are especially interested in non-traditional formats, hyperfiction, and work that explores the boundaries not just of its situation but of the internet-as-page.

In addition to reading slush weekly (usually fewer than eight stories per week), you may be asked to work with a writer to help polish his/her work. Editors also help out with publicity and funding initiatives.

The position will require a 30-day commitment during an open reading period, at the end of which either of us (you or me) can opt out if we don't feel we're a good fit.

Please contact us via publisher at ideomancer.com by Sunday, November 21, 2010 if you are interested in giving us a try. Tell us why you are interested in slushing for us in particular, and remember that our current editors' work is not eligible for publication in Ideomancer, nor is this a paying position. We all do this gig out of love.