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Robert Nowall
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Analog and Asimov's go bimonthly.

http://www.locusmag.com/News/2016/11/analog-and-asimovs-go-bimonthly/

My dream, when I got into this writing racket, was to sell a story to one of these print magazines. It remains my dream and my goal, though these days it seems even further away than when I started.

The market was small to begin with, and is now even smaller. Publishing less often means less available space.

I suppose I could reconcile myself to some alternate goal---I enjoy "having writ," very much---but it's not the same. One of these days, I'm going to read the last of the print magazines has suspended publication and is all online.

That's not what I want, and, when it happens---it looks like "when," and not "if"---I just don't know if I'll bother any more.

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My dream has been to appear in F&SF, and they've been bi-monthly since 2009.

Asimov's would be great as well (I began purchasing the magazine since issue #1 when an undergraduate).

However, I don't think I write hard enough stuff for Analog.

Appearing in Mike Resnick's Galaxy's Edge was a thrill. Not only is it published in both ebook and print editions, the issues are free to read on-line for two month's after publication. This means a greater audience, story reviews, and a hard copy to hold in on's hands (and autograph, and bring to cons).

Anthologies nowadays often provide both ebook and print editions. Unlike the magazines, they may have book release parties and readings and signings to participate in.

There are chapbook publishers, which I have not broken into yet, and an increasing number of brilliant small press publishers for novellas and novels.

As for on-line only venues, I was recently published in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, a subscription ($12 per year) only magazine. The negative is there is no print edition, they have currently a small readership, and non-subscribers cannot read these stories--which means little to no reader or review site feedback. The positive is they pay pro-rate, and the illustrations and artistic layout for the story is (in my humble opinion) spectacular--like having my own illustrated book. Other on-line magazines do publish their contents free, and some illustrate their stories.

I've not yet gone the independent or self-pub ebook or print on-demand route; nor placed stories of mine on Wattpad (which is a free site with a lot of readers who give feedback).

I guess my point is, if you enjoy writing, then write. Send to Asimov's and Analog first; and then proceed from there. The thrill is to get your stories before readers. There remain plenty of avenues to find fulfillment and pleasure.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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According to the postcard they sent around---I got one from Asimov's yesterday and, being a postal clerk, I happened to see one from Analog for someone else---they'll be six double issues. Thicker (but not as thick as two separate issues).

(They're doing it with their mystery magazines, too---I saw a postcard for Ellery Queen, too.)

Still, it's a shortage of space that won't be made up.

*****

Usually I send to F & SF first. Quicker returns. The last two I had at Analog took about nine months to turn up back in my mailbox.

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Death of the sacred dream is but a waystation detour along the Poet's Journey. Next comes a brutal, blunt self-assessment, and consequent adjustment accordingly -- cruelly imposed by the naysayer gatekeepers. Print digests will always be around, even if they appeal only to niche markets. The matter of whether a niche is sufficient for artistic satisfaction, at least a debut entryway, emerges for all Poets.
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