Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for ASIM

Alright, I dithered on whether or not to do the A to Z blogging challenge like last year, since I'm in the last month of grad school (YAY!), but it was just so much fun last year I had to.

My post for A is on the Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine Pre-Slushing Workshop (man, say that three times fast). ASIM is one of the pro-paying sci-fi markets. They ran a workshop where authors posted the first 300 words of their short stories, and then editors commented on what they liked, didn't like, and whether they'd read on.

Since we so rarely get substantive feedback from editors, this was a great chance to see what works for them and what doesn't.  If you write sci-fi  or just want a look at how editors read, you might want to go over to Patty Jansen's blog, Must Use Bigger Elephants, and check out the slush.

If you're curious, too, one of my short stories is in there as slush too - the first 300 words of ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN AND HELL is posted here with editorial comments.


KarenG said...

I'm pretty sure I've seen you around the blogosphere but not followed you until now! Meeting you on the A to Z Challenge!

I look forward to more here!


Ellen Brickley said...

Great tip, thanks!

Old Kitty said...

I like your story!! I don't understand the editorial quibble as I think your 300 words was setting up to be a gripping drama -and we (the reader) are about to get to know the husband and wife dynamic soon. But that's just my opinion and of course I know nothing! LOL!!

Great A start! well done you! take care