Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Flash Me Magazine PDF Subscriptions

Due to an email glitch, subscriptions didn't go out this morning as planned. They were sent out tonight as soon as I found and fixed the problem, though.

This type of thing doesn't happen often, but when it does, we do like to make amends. To compensate, I'm adding another issue to current subscriptions.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

It's not too late to subscribe to FMM! The new issue is 49 pages and sports beautiful cover artwork by Junior Mclean. To subscribe or buy a single issue, visit our website.

You can see the issue online tomorrow, but only our PDF subscription offers a fabulous interview with our Associate Editor Kurt Kirchmeier and three book reviews: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews, reviewed by Elizabeth Hull; Revealing Moments by Wayne Scheer, reviewed by Jennifer Dawson; and The Amadeus Net by Mark A. Rayner, reviewed by Janet Paszkowski.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

A New Quarter

Another new quarter began April 1, 2009 and we're not lacking in new submissions. We've received 63 so far...

Right now we have 11 before the editorial board and 1 held for voting. We have rejected 21 stories already. That leaves 30 in our inbox.

It always takes us a little while to dive into the submissions because we spend the first two weeks of each new quarter working on the new issue. Our April 2009 Issue debuts this week and we're very excited. We accepted more stories outright last quarter than ever before. It's a balanced issue, with new faces and a few returning authors. Until then...

Subscribe to FMM and get more! Our PDF issues include interviews, book reviews and additional special features available only to our subscribers. PDF issues are emailed quarterly the day before our online issues debut, so subscribers get not only get more, they get it sooner!

Or better yet: Order your 2008 Compilation CD before April 30th and you'll receive a year's subscription to FMM for free! That's right. For a limited time we will throw in a year's subscription to Flash Me Magazine with every CD purchase.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Taking a much needed break

The editors are taking a much needed break - ten days off, to be precise. We've made all the decisions for the April issue, so this is when the staff steps back and relaxes while the Editor-in-Chief starts formatting the issue.

This doesn't affect incoming submissions, so keep sending them our way. Remember to read our submission guidelines carefully because we've made changes to the guidelines, the payment structure and the editorial process...

FMM Staff

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Final stats

We have finished going through the slush pile for the April issue and here are the final stats:

We received a total of 365 stories this quarter. I have sent out the last of the regular rejection letters, and the only thing left to do is finalize the issue.

15 stories were sent back for rewrites this quarter. Five of those fifteen were done early enough in the quarter to possibly see them back before the submission deadline. Most of them did come back, but revisions are tricky things, and even with editorial comments and the feedback of our development editor, Janet, it's still hard to get stories into our issues.

Two stories came back through that we liked. One just missed the mark and we offered the author another chance to resubmit next quarter. The other has been accepted! Revisions can work, if you make the effort. Maybe that author will be willing to discuss the process with our readers in the near future...

We had two stories withdrawn this quarter, one because the author had mistakenly sent it to us without realizing it had already been submitted elsewhere. The other was accepted elsewhere, which is why we discourage simultaneous submissions. Still, that's a much lower number than usual, especially considering the large amount of submissions we received.

And that leaves 336 rejected stories, many of which would have normally been held for voting, had we not had so many high-quality submissions this quarter.

We've accepted 7 stories outright and have 3 stories we'll be rereading here shortly. We may choose one of them for inclusion in the April issue. Looks like we will have eight stories in the April issue, an interview with Associate Editor Kurt Kirchmeier, and 2-3 book reviews. Not bad. Not bad at all.