Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Market Closure

Fear & Trembling has closed. It's always a little sad when one of the kind people who took on one of my original short stories closes shop.

F&T was the home for my Winged Shepherd of Innocence, a tale with a long story of its own. It began as an entry to PARSEC, it was run through the mill at Authors by Design. It has been picked apart by a number of individuals from The Teacher (Amy) to Pharoah (I seem to attract people with interesting aliases). It gained a rejection from F&T's sister mag, MindFlights - with a suggestion that I remove a couple of swear words and clothe my image of an angel (this is a Christian market, which I didn't know at the time. My market research wasn't all it should have been), and then submit it to F&T.

I think it took me all of ten minutes to make the changes and sub. It took only slightly longer for it to gain an acceptance.

I was over the moon. F&T was my first (and only) Christian sale, my first US sale, and my first horror sale - quite a combination.

So, thank you, F&T, you will always hold a special place on my emotional bookshelf.


  1. It's always sad to say goodbye to markets; more so those to which we have attachments.

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  3. Yes, sad news BT. I remember that story. It was the first of your that I had ever read.

  4. I think an old man kicks a small puppy whenever another fiction market closes.

  5. That's a real shame. I hate it when good markets close, and it seems to be happening more and more lately.

  6. Whole hearted agreement all round.

    Marlene - I guess you just let everyone know.

    Jamie - That's a shit load of kicked puppies! I hope you're wrong.