There are some stories I've written that I feel will never make it. Not that they're bad; just that they're not fit for what most commercial magazines are looking for. They're too strange, too surreal, too vulgar, too something and not enough something else. The tired refrain that magazines "have no formula for fiction" is a fiction itself: every magazine wants some particular something, and there are going to be good stories that don't fit into their criteria no matter how good they are on their own.
*STARES DIRECTLY AT GORDON VAN GELDER.*
|The best kind of trunk...|
is one that is going someplace.
What I'm thinking now, is, it's time to start investigating e-publishing more. Realistically, I won't actually put out any e-books any time soon, but I think I'm going to make it into a goal for 2011: publish, something, electronically.
My biggest hang-up is cover art. I'm pretty sure I couldn't get myself to self-publish anything I wasn't confident I could create good, cheap (preferably free) cover art for. This rules out basically any fantasy story, which is a huge problem since it is always the fantasy stories I run out of good markets for. But, on the other hand, I can envision really great, simple art - i.e., photographs I can take myself or (hopefully) coerce my professional photographer buddies to take for me - for most of my science fiction stories... just, that, they're not in the trunk yet. If only I was Annie Bellet, and could devise the most fabulous covers...
What a conundrum. The other beef I've got with this strategy is that I don't want to e-book something just because it didn't sell anywhere. What kind of a blurb is that? "No editors wanted this, so please buy it for your e-reader." Yikes.
Ultimately, I just can't abide the trunk. Trunks are for pirates and crusty sea bottoms; they're not for my writing and they don't belong in my DropBox folder. Avast, ye scurrilous knaves! I've got a new goal for 2011, it seems...
Or, maybe, at least. Maybe I'll just end up investing in a big chest. Most of the things I write are not true, so you really shouldn't trust all this jibber-jabber.