Mega-List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines – Paying markets – Written By Erica Verrillo

on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

Speculative fiction has a loyal fan base, so if you write science fiction or fantasy there are dozens of magazines that want your work! Here is a list of paying markets for journals accepting speculative fiction. Some have submission periods, so make sure you read their guidelines carefully. All are paying markets, and none charge submission fees..

Submission strategies
This table is a bit daunting, but you can simplify your task by making a list of all the places you intend to submit. (Make a separate list for each story or article.) As you submit, make sure to keep track of where, when, and how you submitted (i.e. email, Submittable, online form, etc.).

If you want to get published fast, start with the magazines that accept simultaneous submissions, and submit to all of them. Once your work is accepted, don’t forget to withdraw it immediately from the remaining magazines. (If you have used Submittable, this is very simple. Just click “Withdraw.”)

I suggest you start with the pro markets. These are harder to get into, but if you get published in a prestigious magazine it will establish you as a serious writer.

Save the magazines that take reprints for last. You can submit to those after your story has been published elsewhere.

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Using TikTok to Sell Books – Written By Dominika Pindor

on Writers Helping Writers:

Because marketing is a challenge for many authors, Angela and I talk quite a bit about it, sharing tips on how to grow audiences on various platforms. One we don’t use is TikTok, and, frankly, we’d have no idea how to find readers there. Thankfully, Dominika Pin—a teen author with an impressive following there—has that info for us.

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Almost every teenager in the United States knows about TikTok—the video-sharing social media platform with hundreds of millions of active users. And with the increasing popularity of the #BookTok hashtag, which readers use to talk about their favorite books, many YA authors are turning to TikTok to promote their work.

I began posting on the platform in August of 2020 and have since amassed nearly 225,000 followers (a number that is still growing by hundreds each day). TikTok makes it incredibly easy to go viral with minimal effort. Just one fifteen-second video can get you tens of thousands of followers; all you need is a decent strategy. Here are some tips that earned my videos millions of views:

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What is Kindle Vella? And Should You Join as an Author? – By Reedsy…

Contents

  • What is Kindle Vella?
  • How does Kindle Vella work for authors?
  • How do Vella authors get paid?
  • Is Kindle Vella for you?

What is Kindle Vella? And Should You Join as an Author?

Amazon announced the launch of the new Kindle Vella program in April 2021, a few months before actually making it  available to readers — already pre-loaded with hundreds of stories from authors.

Kindle Vella is Amazon’s foray into the “serialization market,” currently dominated by established apps such as Wattpad or Radish, and with a readership consisting mostly of young readers. So how is Kindle Vella different, and what opportunities does it offer authors? That’s what we’ll uncover in this post.

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9 Things About Agents No One Told You – Written By Gabino Iglesias

on Lit Reactor:

If you follow me on social media you know I love talking about publishing. I love talking about writing because writing is my life, but I also love to talk about publishing.

The difference is simple: writing is art, but publishing is a business.

If you’re serious about writing and publishing, chances are you already know about agents. If you don’t, here’s the 101: agents are folks who get your book in front of publishers and other folks who might give you money for it.

Yeah, they do a lot of other things, as you’ll see below, but that’s their bread and butter.

Because agents sell books to publishers, almost every writer out there wants, is looking for, or has an agent. Unfortunately, the thing I’ve learned after spending the last half decade talking about publishing online is that a lot of people are confused when it comes to agents.

So here are some things you should know about them.

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Characters: The Emotional Touchstone Readers Crave – Written By Kristen Lamb

Characters are critical for stories that resonate. Why? Because characters are the conduit that connects the reader and vests them in the story problem. They’re the emotional touchstone that allows for catharsis, because—when written well—it doesn’t matter if the character is a space alien or a federal agent, we (readers) can relate to them in some way.

We can’t empathize with technology, spaceships, magic, or nuclear submarines. Humans can’t bond emotionally to a place (without the characters as the connection).

For instance, we CARE about Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth because we care about Frodo, Samwise and Gandalf. And, because Frodo, Samwise and Gandalf care deeply for Middle Earth and the Shire…we do as well.

Story is like the wall socket that’s connected a tremendous power source. But, how useful would those wall sockets be if all the gadgets in everyday life didn’t have plugs? How useful would a bunch of dead gadgets be?

We cannot have story without characters and can’t, conversely, have characters (DIMENSIONAL characters) without story.

Readers read stories, but great stories read the readers.

***I know we’ve talked about all this before, but since I am pathologically honest, I feel the need to tell on myself. I cracked a back tooth and had major dental work last week. With all the drugs? I actually have a completely new post almost finished, but it’s been like pulling teeth…bada bump snare.

*cries*

So please forgive the refresher.

Moving on…

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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Many of my friends, followers, relatives, and readers, are amazing and wonderful Moms. Today, May 9, 2021, is their day of celebration and recognition. This is a day where people tell their Moms ‘Thank You’, and let them know how happy they are, their Mom’s are in their lives.
For our 2021 Mother’s Day I wish all Mom’s out there:

Picture courtesy of: The IndianExpress.com

But let’s not forget the Mom’s who have fur babies instead of human ones. They too are taking care of their ‘little ones’ and make sure they’re fine. These little ones cannot say ‘thank you’ the regular way. But I thought those Mom’s need a thank you too.

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Soul Taker Secrets – Who Would I Cast For My Female Characters? (I)

In August 2019 I published a post about a group of actors who I would pick for my ‘Council Of Twelve’ characters. At that time the only known consort was Katie, who I included in the list.

Today, May 2021, almost two years later, four books are published, and even though I introduced three consorts to the readers, there are couple more characters in these books, who I’d like to turn into a known face.

Let’s see, why not introducing the characters by book?

Soul Taker

Katie – Arielle Kebbel
Aylah, Katie’s warrior friend – Chloe Grace Moretz

Sundance

Sundance – Lucy Hale
Bluerose – Millie Bobby Brown

Demon Tracker

Zepheira – Gemma Arterton

Bounty Hunter

Simin Arnatt – Ashley Greene

I know, compared to the other post, where I tried to find actors for ‘The Council of Twelve’, I had a few characters more than here. But with the growth of the series, I promise, I will extend this list. (And you never know, I might exchange the one or other actress or actor. We will see.

If you read the book, do you have any better suggestions? Fire away here in the comments. I’m prepared!

Author Spotlight – Caitlin Denman

Welcome!

1.            When did you start writing?

I started writing in 2018 after I had a dream about what is now my debut book She Awakens.  I had a dream about the story and just knew in my heart that I had to write that story.

2.            What motivates you to write?

I think I’m lucky in this aspect. Writing relaxes me and I’m an easily stressed person so I find myself writing multiple times a day as a way to calm myself.

3.            What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write in young adult fantasy. I picked this genre because it’s the genre I most enjoy reading. I’ve read hundreds of books in this genre and it is a dream of mine to have my own book on the shelves beside books that I’ve already read and loved.

4.            What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal in writing is to be a full time author. I want what probably every author wants, I want to make a living sharing my stories with everyone. But honestly if my stories resonate with even one person I would feel like all the stress and time spent writing was worth it.

5.            Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I think every writer probably suffers from writer’s block at one time or another. I encountered writer’s block a couple of times along the journey writing my debut novel She Awakens. The first time this happened I didn’t write, I just waited for the block to leave, but that took months. While the writer’s block did eventually leave and I was able to continue my writing when it happened a second time I didn’t have months to wait for it to go away. The second time,  and every time since then, I’ve just pushed through. I push through by writing other things, that can be a different scene or even another story all together. I’ve found that by pushing through and continuing to write the writer’s block always leaves me in a couple of days.

6.            What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

WRITE, WRITE, AND WRITE SOME MORE!!! Get everything you can down on paper. If things seem too daunting take it scene by scene if you have to. If you’re not feeling a scene that day, skip it for a scene you want to write. Take a notebook with you everywhere you go and if you get even five minutes to write, do it. Even if you only get a few words down a day that’s a few more words down on paper than you had the day before.

7.            Please, tell us about your work.

My book is set in a time where the Fae have taken over the world and humans are in hiding. It revolves around Attina, a human girl who knows nothing about the woman who gave birth to her. The book follows her, along with her sassy sidekick talking horse Raven, as Attina learns more about her past and who she really is. As her journey progresses she learns that she is the only person who can take on the Fae King and put an end to the Fae’s vicious reign.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Find out more about Caitlin:

Caitlin lives and grew up in Southern California with her family and her three horses, three dogs, and a cat. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s in agribusiness.

Caitlin is a debut author and her first book is a YA Fantasy called She Awakens which is available now at Amazon and is a part of kindle unlimited. She Awakens is a coming of age story about a human girl and her journey, with her sassy talking horse Raven, to take on the Fae King.

Besides writing, she loves training and competing on horses. She has competed in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping, and mounted shooting. She has owned and ridden horses since she was twelve-years-old.

Caitlin would love to connect with each and every person who loves her books. You can find her links here:

http://bit.ly/LinktreeCaitlin


Caitlin’s Debut Book:

In this Young Adult page turner, Attina finds herself in an unlikely predicament when it’s uncovered the normal, human existence she thought she lived is turned upside down. Finding out she’s half Fae not only confounds her, but in a time where the brutal Fae run the world she is suddenly tasked with bringing the Fae and humans together.

With the help of her trusty, and somewhat snarky steed Raven, Attina sets out on a mission to save the human race from extinction. As she continues on her mission, she discovers powers beyond her wildest dreams.

In a world where it’s tricky to discern who’s good and where the evil really lies, Attina finds herself in one predicament after another, not knowing who to trust except for Raven. As her journey unfolds, her strength and will are tested.

Will she ever be strong enough to bridge the gap between these two worlds?

Here is the form for a signed paperback: https://forms.gle/MPtEGy4fpprngBvr8

Links to She Awakens

US- http://bit.ly/sheawakensus

UK-http://bit.ly/sheawakensuk

CA-http://bit.ly/sheawakensca

AU-http://bit.ly/sheawakensau


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