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September 2001 Report
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SPECULATIVE FICTION MARKET ANALYSIS: Nearly all paying markets are overstocked. On the reader's side, this is good news. Better stories -- even professional stories posted on the web for free -- for everyone. For writers in general, however, it means longer response times, lost submissions, frustrating waits for queries that may, or may not, ever be answered. For small press writers, it means a higher percentage of rejections. For new writers, an almost impossible task to get published anywhere but non-paying markets (many of which can't get enough submissions to fill out an issue). For editors, the chance to pick the best stories from *all those manuscripts* and make their publication even better -- but then there's that mile high slush pile that takes your breath away, valuable time eaten away by the shear volume of reading and answering hundreds of queries from anxious writers. Some authors have flourished in this atmosphere, others have perished. Some editors seem to "float" on top, maintaining short response times and always meeting publication deadlines, others seem mired in a swamp of hopelessness. In future reports I'll try to get a few words from writers and editors, of all levels, about how they are coping, or floundering, in the current market situation.


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