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So I'm considering trying to sell it...

I've had very good feedback on my story "First Contact". So much so that I'm considering trying to find a magazine or an anthology to submit it to.

So, the first thing I did was put the story behind a friendslock, then I hid the posts from my Facebook timeline (they're only pointers back to the LJ posts, anyway, but I thought I'd be thorough). That way an argument can be made that it hasn't been published already.

Now I need to find out what markets exist for it. And I also would like to learn what mistakes to not make during the submission process. So, those of you who are professional writers, if you can offer suggestions, for either market or how to avoid being a bonehead, I would dearly welcome them. Thank you.

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brithistorian
Jun. 3rd, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
I have no practical advice to offer, but I wanted to say congratulations and best of luck!
ebenbrooks
Jun. 3rd, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my friend! :)
James Gaines
Jun. 3rd, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
I missed the story. Or rather, I saw it, said "I'll come back to that later" and forgot.

What genre is it? There are actually quite a few Anthology Magazines with Facebook presences now.
ebenbrooks
Jun. 3rd, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
It's fantasy, but with a twist. It is, shall we say, not a traditional point of view. And yes, please, if there are magazines I can look at on FB, do let me know. :)
chorale
Jun. 3rd, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
I recommend that you email Janet Tait with your questions. She not only is published, now, she has a degree in marketing.

I also suggest that you consider carefully the option of self-publication of your work into eBooks. Traditional publishers are floundering now, but I hear of self-published books getting picked up by mainstream publishers: 50 Shades of Gray is the most famous example. Really, ask a lot of questions of Janet. She actively participates in writers' groups, goes to seminars, and gives workshops herself.

Good luck!
ebenbrooks
Jun. 3rd, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll see what she has to say. Thanks. :)
neo_tanuki
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
I have contact with an eBook fantasy/sci-fi publisher through my work. I think she mainly handles novels but I can see if she's doing fantasy anthologies.
neo_tanuki
Jun. 3rd, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry, she said they are mainly doing 25,000 words or longer. But I encourage you to look for a publisher!
ebenbrooks
Jun. 3rd, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my friend. I know several people to talk to, so I'll be doing that over the next few days.
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