December 18th, 2003


(no subject)

Is it too much to ask that ezine short fiction be properly copyedited and proofread? Strange Horizons does an excellent job, but they seem to be the exception. Should I offer my services to a zine with stories I like? Or should I just start my own? On the one hand, working for someone else is less work. On the other hand, starting my own means I don't have to work for someone else.

Of course, the real question is: does reading speculative fiction give me any kind of insight into what sorts of things other people might like to read? And can I attract any kind of quality writing if I don't pay for stories? And am I really one to judge other writers if I haven't published (or really written, for that matter) any speculative fiction? And how can I start a magazine when I know it won't be the best?

Some of the above questions are rhetorical. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine which those are.