Posted on February 12, 2010 by Ian
October, November and December used to be the perfect time to send story submissions to the editors of magazines. Writers are supposed to have other things to do. They’re supposed to be busy with their high-powered day jobs, spending hard-earned credit on presents, and partying so they aren’t in a position to weigh down depressed editors with their 500000 words tomes such as, Harry Trotter, He’s Not At All Like Harry Potter.
The time to spare editors used to be the end of summer, when all those wannabeeJKs return from homes in France with tomes such as, Gone With the Mistral, A Book Not Unlike Gone With the Wind But Set in France. It’s a seasonal thing, but not any more.
Here in Strange Story HQ, a divided packet of chicken chips shared around a single unlit candle invoked the proper spirit of Christmas, and writing continued unabated in the hope of catching the editors in relaxed mood with their feet up, mince pie in hand.
It’s always worked before. Maybe it’s the credit crunch, but during the last festive season, (which started on Oct 30th), I sent out eight submissions. How many responses have I received? Three! And one submission went red on Duotrope last week, indicating a query was due. Now I haven’t had a response to the query. The other editors must still be sitting on top of a pile of emails, or having babies, or both. What is going on?
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Posted on October 10, 2008 by Ian
for the work of Gethan Dick, Johanna van Fessem, Matthew Giraudeau, Antony Hall, Steve Leighton, Mark Lewis, Andrew Murray, Chris Murray, Rae Rae, Ian Duncan Smith, Ben Platts-Mills, Erica Viola and of course, Wes White.
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Posted on June 13, 2007 by Ian
Bad news from the Transmission blog. McSweeney’s got burned by their distributor. The $130000 must have been tied up in some arcane agreement beloved of the old world of publishing. They should never have moved into the old world so quickly. There’s nothing wrong with making a buck, but those old established publishing people have been at it for centuries, and their days are over. I first came to McS online, and loved their online presence. McSweeney’s was an original and tangential magazine, but they rejected everything I sent them, things that have been accepted elsewhere. They moved steadily safer and more mainstream. I’m hoping some good will come of this. McS will rise from the ashes in a new form not quite so dependant on the old world.
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