January 3rd, 2008


Know your market

I think one of the most important things about snagging a sale is to know which markets to submit your story to in the first place.

I'm working with a writer at the moment on the beginning of a project and she asked my advice on where to send her stories - she not really being that familiar with what kind of stories many of the overseas markets are publishing. It got me thinking.

Then I got a submission the other day to Shiny with a cover letter that suggested we might like this writer's work because they write in a similar style to what we are publishing. Now, you'll forgive me but I know exactly who has subscribed to what issues of Shiny - the subs are hardly that multudinous that I could not notice. So ... I see this cover letter and I think "how would this writer know? They haven't read an issue (at least not legally)". And then? And then I read the story. And I think, "oh .. this writer has read some reviews of the issues and knows issue 1 had the theme of death ..." But really? I do not print stories that objectify women and that describe disfigurement of female corpses in long plotless detail. Don't send them to me. I do, though, know several markets where you can send that fetishist material.

My point? If you read the markets you intend to send to, or you do a bit of broad reading before you start subbing, you might not waste your time, the editor's time and you might just be able to marry up your story with the right outlet.

It's also kind of insulting, to tell the truth, when you get a sub like that with that kind of cover letter: you don't want to spend $3 buying a copy of my mag but you want me to give you $50 for *that*.

ASif! Donation Drive raffle

So we are down to the business end of the donation drive! It's kind of doing my head in - so many prizes!!! So hopefully this is the current version of the prizes left and the people who have been drawn out of the raffle so far.

This means there will be ten winners announced tomorrow!

Any further donations to the drive whilst there are still prizes up for grabs will still be entered into the draw.

2 copies of Troy
2 copies of Fantastic Wonder Stories (multiple Aurealis Award nominations)
1 copies of The Workers Paradise
1 copy of Encounters
1 copy of Elsewhere
1 copy of Outcast
1 email tarot reading
1 phone tarot reading
1 interpretation of the personal planets of an astrology chart
1 reiki treatment(in person is best, but can do distance healing as well)
1 facial massage
$27 ASIM Voucher - redeemable as a 3 issue print subscription (new or extending, within Australia) OR 6 issue pdf subscription (OZ or overseas) OR 4 back issues (of choice, pending avail) posted within Australia
1 copy The Mother, 1 copy Prismatic, 1 copy Carnies - choose an ex-judging copy
2 copies of Borderlands Issue 9
1 copy of Scale of Dragon, Tooth of Wolf by Sue Isle
1 copy of Wolf Children by Sue Isle
1 pack of 10 Dalek postcards
2 copies Flashspec Vol 2
2 copies of Backstreets by Robert Hood
1 set of the four Shades novels by Robert Hood
2 copies of Crosstown Traffic edited by Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden & Robert Hood
1 signed copy of Fivefold by Nathan Burrage (due out in January)
1 copy of In Bad Dreams
1 copies of C0ck
2 copies of the Issue 1 of Henry & Gil vs the Infinity Engine by Grant Watson and Edward J. Grug III
1 copies of Polyphony 6
2 copies of Swans Over the Moon by Forrest Aguirre
5 copies of Fables and Reflections
2 copies of Bad Case of Loving You by Laney Cairo
4 copies of Shiny Issue 1
5 copies of New Ceres Issue 2
1 copy of Potato Monkey Issue 5 (the final issue!!)
1 copy of Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
1 copy of The Iron Grail, Book 2 of the Merlin Codex by Robert Holdstock

Winners Alex Pierce (26 Lies, One Truth, Gastronomicon), Ian Mond (Angriest Video Clerk), Martin Livings (26 Lies, One Truth), Gary Kemble (Daikaiju 3), Robert Hook (surprise), Ben Payne (still to choose), Chris Barnes (Sea Castle, Polyphony), Cat Sparks (Dalek pack, still to choose), Rachel Holkner (still to choose), Matthew Farrer (surprise), Garth Nix (Dalek pack), Bren MacDibble (The Worker’s Paradise), Thomas Bull (Fables and Reflections), Phill Berrie (Celtika), Tehani Wessely (C0ck)


yeah ... so

My cousin is getting married in Israel in June and at this stage I am intending to go.

I was also intending to come home via Kenya - my mother was born in Kenya and we were going to visit her home town and stuff on the way back.

That possibility is looking grim at the moment. My thoughts and prayers go out to all Kenyans - I hope this unrest can be brought back under control quickly and peacefully.