Another magazine has adopted my submissions system

When I first developed my online submissions system for Clarkesworld Magazine, I never expected it to take on a life of its own. If you told me that it would eventually be used by Asimov’s, I would have laughed at you… but here we are. Yes, if you haven’t heard, Asimov’s is accepting online submissions and they are the first of the big three to do so. I think this is fantastic.

This has been a long time in the making. Sheila and I first started talking about online submissions at Worldcon. At some point, I have to write up the whole story of secret meetings, demos, coding and the rest. It’s been fun and I’m quite proud to have been a part of this.

By the way, they are running a newer version of the software than anyone else. I’ll be updating other sites as the opportunities arise.

By order of Congress… move your magazine online

This is priceless and deserved a post of it’s own.  Courtesy of India Ocean on the Asimov’s forum.  Emphasis is mine.

“Dear —–:

Thank you for your comments about the issue on increased postage for periodicals. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me on this important issue.

This issue is particularly important to me because the Los Angeles area is home to many publishing companies that rely on the United States Postal Service for distributing their publications. Recently, the Postal Rates Commission increased the postage for periodicals in order to cover the cost of mail services. Use of the post office has increased over the years, making it inefficient and impractical for mail to be sorted by hand. The new prices will enhance efficiency by relying on machines to get mail out in a timely manner.

Publishers can use to get around the rate increase is to put more of their periodical content online. Many publishers have decided to have their magazines available on the web order to give more people access, and making it cheaper for themselves and readers.

Currently there is no legislation being considered in the House of Representatives on this issue. However, please be rest assured that as your representative in Congress I will be sure to represent your views should this issue come before the House of Representatives for consideration.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to hearing from you in the future on this and on other issues of importance to our community, our state, and our nation.


Sincerely,

LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD
Member of Congress”

Online stories are read differently than print?

There are two conversations going on over at the Asimovs forum that have me cringing. Here they are:
1. Should stories for online markets be tailored differently than stories for print?
2. Should all SF/Fantasy Mags go to E-Submissions?

Here are some quotes:

  • GSH: “The thought of a print editor reading my story on a screen, however, does bother me. I’m not sure if my concern is valid, or just a projection of my own screen vs. print bias.”
  • Bill Preston: “These are different media. We’re fooled, I think, by their both involving typed letters. The differences are profound.”
  • Byron Bailey: “There are stories I couldn’t stand reading online. Yet when I read them on paper like in one of the YBSF, I thought they were superb.”

Time for a poll. Yes, I know doing an online poll is going to have a bias… but the original conversation is online, so what the heck.