I’ve been hitting Duotrope hard these past few weeks. It’s essentially online dating for fiction writers and literary publications, and it involves the same feelings of short-lived euphoria and long-lived existential dread that one gets with real online dating–as well as the coming-to-terms-with-bad-grammar-and-punctuation experience. But here’s another–completely unexpected–way that Duotrope is just like online dating: the overwhelming abundance of options.
Holy shit there are a lot of print and online publications looking for fiction to publish. It’s almost depressing how many pubs there are.
But then this got me thinking: if there are so many of these, they must not be that hard to start. So why not start one myself? Publish the stuff I like to read or what I think is important. In addition, I could even score a little street cred in literary circles, much the same way some folks we know in the Bmore art scene have via opening their own galleries downtown. I certainly have the skills to build out a website that’ll facilitate the online publication of fiction, and, with a little help, I’m sure I could put together a print pub. Hmmm…if only I knew someone with the energy, excitement, and drive to help create something this moderately ambitious….