I am a firm believer in researching the markets I plan to submit to.
I just ordered an issue of Dark Wisdom, a dark literature magazine. It pays professional rates (5 cents a word), and looks pretty cool to boot. Interested in ordering a copy or submitting?
Come on people. If you are a horror writer, and you refuse to buy a few copies of the very magazines you try to appear in, then you are helping to kill horror. You have to support the art if you want to make money doing it.
Look around. How many markets are there for horror writers that pay professional rates? I’ll tell you. Not many. Most of the markets I come across are web based zines that pay nothing.
I don’t mean to put down these markets. Hell, most of them publish some damn good fiction. But there are some that have no scruples about what they publish, and this simply decreases the value of the horror market as a whole.
Sorry. I didn’t mean to get on this topic. It just sprouted naturally from my fingers.
And yes, it is nice to have a place where beginning writers can publish, but we need places with higher standards too–even if that means they won’t publish my work. (See, I can be self deprecating too.)
I will post a review of Dark Wisdom once I receive it in the mail.