B is for Bards

For the month of April, each of my "A to Z" posts will relate directly to my writing: the markets where I submit my work, in particular.

Today, I'm featuring Bards and Sages Quarterly, who recently bought my story "The Second Option" (another Mercer tale) for their July issue. (Yahoo!)

"Bards and Sages Quarterly features original fiction, art, book reviews, interviews, book announcements, and more for fans of the speculative genre. Each issue showcases the work of both fresh new writers and established authors.  We strive to balance literary styles with more mainstream tastes to provide readers with a wide cross-section of speculative stories.  From the whimsical and lighthearted to the dark and terrifying, fans of speculative fiction will enjoy each issue."

Pro:  a paying market (1 cent per word) with PRINT issues available on Amazon; response time is usually 30 days or less; email submissions accepted

Con:  not the greatest pay rates

It took a rewrite or two to get my story into their July issue, but I'm so glad the editor cared enough about (and was interested enough in) "The Second Option" to guide me toward making it the best it could possibly be. Editors like Julie Ann Dawson are one in a million.

Thanks for visiting; enjoy the next "B" stop on your A to Z tour!
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