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Magazines that don't exist ...
... but would be cool if they did.

maryrobinette has a post about nonpaying markets, and we got into a discussion of whether it's ever worthwhile to give away a piece of writing.  I allowed as to how some magazines have an instant niche and are worth supporting, given that I am an activist as well as a professional wordsmith, and there are some topics I customarily work to advance.

I think that depends on the market. Zippy's New Science Fiction? Not much of a niche. Alien Queers? Alternative Histories of Color? Form Poetry of the World? Crowdfunding Creatives R Us? Bilingual Conlang Fantasies? Those are instant niches and I would be all over them.

What are some magazine titles that would be so enthralling for you that you'd at least consider giving them some of your work for free?

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msstacy13 From: msstacy13 Date: April 10th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Forgive me if I've mentioned it already,
but even though my two collections sell for $12-ish,
I'm not getting any money for them.
I thought a dollar less in price might help them sell,
and story collections rarely make a lot of money anyway.

So this entry is like a Mad Magazine™ article?

"Unprofitable magazines we'd like to see"

Dental Floss Digest ???
morningdove3202 From: morningdove3202 Date: April 10th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

how about this?

"Agrarian Unitarian Universalist Pagans"
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 10th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: how about this?

Oh, yeah, that counts. There are almost no paying Pagan markets, so I've given away a substantial amount of Pagan writing over the years.
madshutterbug From: madshutterbug Date: April 10th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

How About

This one?

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 11th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: How About

*laugh* That looks like fun.
siege From: siege Date: April 11th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
At the moment, I can think of only one magazine title that might compel me to just give them something (I'm sure there are more, however).

Draconic Pleasures

Now, if someone solicited me for certain other kinds of magazines, I'm currently quite happy to spread my message(s) far and wide. But then, I'm not a professional writer who expects some sort of income or personal return for my work. As far as fiction goes, I love writing science fantasy, space opera, adventure, and suchlike. And my poetry comes in many themes (though usually only a few forms, as I haven't studied much in the way of poetic forms, and have a tendency toward fewer restrictions).
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 11th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)


Ayup, that's a good title.
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