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19 October 2010 @ 10:06 pm
I killed Realms of Fantasy  
In case you haven't heard by now, Realms of Fantasy has folded. Again. I'm sorry to see it go; though I was often frustrated by its long response times, I was always happy to be published there because of the excellent full-color illustrations they commissioned for each story (the illustration for "The Ecology of Faerie" was particularly fine). I'd be really surprised if Realms were to rise from the ashes a second time, though stranger things have happened.

In the writing biz, if you have sold a story to a market that goes out of business before the story appears, we say that you have "killed" the market. (The fact that there's a word for this tells you something about the writing biz.) This is, I think, the second market I've killed, the first being Aeon (though I still hold out some faint hope that the story I sold them will appear in the long-promised collection End of an Aeon). In this case, Shawna had accepted a story of mine but not yet sent a contract, so I didn't even get any money for the hit. Maybe I just maimed it.

So, anyway, now I'm looking once again for a home for the magical lesbian plumber story. I'm really fond of this one and I was thrilled to have it accepted at Realms, because it was rejected by F&SF, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Subterranean, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Interzone/Black Static, Glimmer Train, and Clockwork Phoenix 3. Any suggestions as to where else I can send it? It's 7200 words long, which is too long for a lot of markets.

clever blog titlejulia_reynolds on October 21st, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Arg, I just renewed my ROF subscription 2 weeks ago. I'd been wondering if my issue had been lost in the mail or something. I'm going to miss ROF.

As for your plumber story, have you considered Icarus? Sandra McDonald ( http://homepage.mac.com/samcdonald/ ) published a Diana Comet story there not so long ago: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/icarus.htm

David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 21st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! Unfortunately, according to their guidelines they are only interested in stories with gay male protagonists. I also queried earlier about a previous story with a lesbian protagonist and they said the same then.