Know Your Market

July 21, 2010

I’ve been looking over submissions for issue two, which have been trucking right along, thank you very much. I’ve been looking at some of the commentary we’ve been getting, which has on the whole been very positive, thank you also.

One of the stated missions of Flying Island Press is to develop writers. Let me be totally up front about my credentials on this front. I am not a published author. Yet. I do not have a degree in fine arts. I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a law degree. (Contrary to popular belief, law school doesn’t necessarily make you a good writer.) What I do have is years of creating online content. What I do have is years of people in my various workplaces coming to me and asking me to look over their writing. I have years and years of reading science fiction and fantasy under my belt. I have years and years of working in the private sector in businesses of various sizes. And I’m reading a lot and thinking a lot about what it’s going to take to be successful. I’m telling you this because I want you to understand that my perspective on writing comes from a unique place. You may think that it will be necessary to take my suggestions with a grain of salt. I understand that. But then again, I’m also the one who has final say on whether your story gets published. I see this as a business. And as such, I want to take it seriously. And if you want to be a professional writer, you should do the same.

The biggest thing I can tell you right now is – know your market. We have some guidelines up as to what we’re looking for. We also have a whole issue of stories that we’ve already bought. Do your homework. Know the target you’re aiming for. And let fly.

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