As an author with over 100 stories published, I’ve sent out my writing for years, and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned with you. As the editor of four anthologies, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Dark House Press and Gamut, I bring insight from the other side, too. In this weekend, we will focus on several crucial aspects of publishing your short stories, including research. It’s about more than just reading the publications. There are a plethora of tools available—Duotrope, Ralan, The Grinder, Poets & Writers, etc. We will talk about those resources, and how to best utilize databases. But beyond that, there are other ways to find the top markets, and to align with publications that share your vision as an author—including dissecting the “best of the year” anthologies (The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best Horror of the Year, etc.). I will share my personal list of top markets as well as ways to evaluate magazines and publishers. We’ll talk about simultaneous submissions, cover letters, when to rewrite, inquiring about your submissions, and much more. NOTE: There will be no writing in this class, but understanding how to navigate the world of publishing, without losing faith, is crucial. If you don’t champion your work, who will? This class is open to short story writers of all genres and at all levels of experience.
Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books: three novels—Disintegration and Breaker (Random House Alibi), and Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications); three short story collections—Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press), and Tribulations (Cemetery Dance); as well as one novella in The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). He has published over 100 stories, with work appearing in, among others, Cemetery Dance, PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2 & 3, and Shivers VI (with Stephen King and Peter Straub). He has won contests at ChiZine and One Buck Horror, and has received five Pushcart Prize nominations. He is also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press, and a Shirley Jackson Award nominee), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press), and Burnt Tongues with Chuck Palahniuk (Medallion Press, and a Bram Stoker Award nominee). He is a columnist at LitReactor and Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press and Gamut Magazine. For more information, visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com.