Happy 4th of July. Let's remember the whole purpose of this experiment called the U.S.A was to form "a more perfect union." That means, to me, a country where everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has an equal chance at improving his or her life.
Now, on to the more 'important' stuff:
As I have stated, I'm getting lots of crime submissions for Pulp Modern. I've gotten a fair number of westerns as well. The science fiction, horror, and adventure/fantasy submissions have been few and not many have made the first cut.
Ah, time for me to digress: A lot of genre writers feel, as Stephen King does, that story is the most important thing. I even wrote a review of Ed Grainger's western collection in which I echoed that sentiment. It's true, story is important. But if the writing isn't very good to begin with, it's going to be difficult to get into the story. Science fiction, to me, has always suffered a problem where the writing was concerned. I'm not going to mention names, but some very popular science fiction authors turn me off because, while their ideas are great, they have no writing style to speak of.
So, PLEASE send me some science fiction that is written in a readable style.
Adventure/Fantasy-- Just send me what you got. I've gotten the least amount of submissions in this catagory. Anything pirates, Johnny Quest, even James Bond-like, falls into this category. If you're writing fantasy, make it good because that's another genre I'm very critical of if the writing doesn't jump off the page.
I know I sound like a pompous jerk making all these demands but keep in mind that I want (and any writer involved should feel the same) this to be the best goddamn journal EVER. There is a strong group of writers on the Internet that I want the world to know about and the only way to make that happen is to make sure we get the best stories out there so people who don't normally read online fiction take notice.
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