So I last sent Magic Lessons off to Orson Scott Card’s IGMS even though I wasn’t expecting much. I was right and with this one I got a pretty standard form rejection. I feel like I’m moving backwards. I think the chief problem with the piece is that it’s a) too long for most publications and b) not a story that editors of fantasy/scifi are looking for and c) it’s an incredibly competitive market.
The story would fit well win the niche that mingles fantasy with romantic elements but I don’t see any professional publications for this sort of story out there. I don’t think the story is unreadable, and I have had some pretty good feedback on it. I’m sure I could get it accepted at a publication that pays a token fee or nothing at all – but the question is, do I really want to?
My other option is to put the story out myself – either for free or for a token fee (or both). Even free, it might be good advertising for my writing and maybe start attracting the type of readers I want.
Thirdly, I could file it away and never let it see the light of day. Hmm. I don’t think so.
What do you think? Should I continue to ship it around to professional publications, or should I put it out myself?