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Market Help.

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i am looking for sword and sorcery markets. i am not looking for magazines that say, sure, we're open to them, because generally speaking, they are not.

the time where you could find magazines (or anthologies) dedicated to the old style of sword and sorcery stories like leiber's fafhrd and the gray mouser, and howard's conan, is not now. which is maybe a good thing, because everything has to evolve, including sword and sorcery. but in this case, the minority positioning of this subgenre is, i believe, part of the backlash to big fantasy, which has left greasy finger prints over the genre. many people are turned off a sword and sorcery short story before they even get there, and you're up against a jagged wall when your characters contain any trace of big fantasy elements like dwarves and elves and the such. i cannot express the distaste of getting a rejection that tells me the story is well written, engaging, great characters, and all that nice stuff, but then says (in contradiction to the first part, i think) shame that your characters are elves and dwarves.

which is stupid. it is what you do with them that matters, not what they are. it's the genre equivalent of saying i don't like black people, which is simple ignorance, as faerie mythology is actually quite interesting in regard to this. but that conversation is for different times.

at any rate, i am looking for sword and sorcery markets. i know the obvious places like black gate, so what i'm looking for are the ones that don't advertise much. (and perhaps don't have six month response times.) the point to finding new markets is to develop a fan base for my allandros and balor stories, of which i have sold three, and to which i am now seriously thinking about how develop an audience, and to keep them.

i sold the third allandros and balor tale, a small story called 'the lost world of the stranger', to a canadian anthology called amazing heroes 2 last night. it's not such a fantastic title, but the anthology is directed to the readership base i want to start building from. so, any help with identifying more markets would be most appreciated, thanks.


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May. 27th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
One that springs to mind immediately is Realms of Fantasy.

Good luck!
May. 27th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
yeah, i knew of realms. i've never had much luck there with the stuff, either, but that was a year or two back when i last tried. so maybe again.

May. 27th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
Throw some vampires or zombies or werewolves into the mix, make the mood dark, bleak and foreboding and sell the results to horror markets?

Turn up the steam and sell to the erotica markets?

May. 27th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
that's a kind of dumb suggestion, y'know. horror cliches don't help sell, and just chucking in some sex won't make it erotica. plus, even if these ideas were good and did work, what would be the point of making the original stories s&s then?
May. 27th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
Someone on The Rumor Mill asked the same question. Have you read the Sword and Sorcery thread there? It's several pages long.
May. 27th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)
hey, no, i haven't read that. thanks. looking now.
May. 31st, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
Fan base
If you want to build up a fan base, then apart from selling more stories, make sure the stories you *have* sold are widely read. I let published stories sit for about a year before putting them online (to give the publications a chance).

So, get a page where you can put up previously published stories, and link to it from here. More for your live journal readers to read, and reach more people.

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Jun. 1st, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
Re: Fan base
that's something to consider doing *once* i have got it solidly represented. but that'd also work against the idea of a collection, too, which is what i want to work too with these. so i can indulge in my fritz leiber fantasy totally :)
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