Spring Writes: Marketing Short Fiction: The Science of Publishing

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The age of the computer and the Internet has led to an explosion of outlets for short fiction. Literally several thousand journals, both in print and on line, offer respectable venues for publication. How should an aspiring author choose among them? And what are the secrets to success in the publication game? In this workshop, Jacob Appel, an author who has garnered more than two hundred acceptance letters and 20,000 rejection slips in the course of his efforts to publish short fiction, offers his "tricks of the trade" on such subjects as market selection and submission, contests, cover letters, "best of" anthologies, red flags, how to build a portfolio that will appeal to agents, and how to market a collection. The purpose of this session is to demystify the submission and selection process, ultimately leading to a more impressive acceptance to submission ratio. While writing is an art, publishing short fiction is as much a science as a creative endeavor--one that the determined and informed student can master. After devoting so much time, energy and emotion to creating short fiction, why should an author leave publication to chance?

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