A press release from Alexander Mathew Harris of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society:
On February 23rd, at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, will host Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Damien Walters Grintalis (Electric Velocipede), Rahul Kanakia (formerly of Strange Horizons), Leslie Connors (Apex Magazine) and moderator Sarah Pinsker (published in multiple magazines) for a round table discussion titled, “From Slush to Sale: Behind the Scenes at Science Fiction Magazines.”
“From Slush to Sale” will be a detailed discussion on every aspect of the process of creating and publishing a professional and semi-pro magazine: setting up the business, advertising, going through the slush pile, work flow, rejecting and accepting, proofreading, and then publishing.
Our panelists, all of whom are also writers, will also discuss what, if any, the big trends are in the sci-fi/fantasy magazines. They will talk about whether getting published in magazines is really a good gateway to getting a novel published, along with other valuable topics for readers and aspiring writers alike. The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend.
Sarah Pinsker is a Baltimore-based writer and singer/songwriter. She has three albums on various indie labels and a fourth forthcoming. Her short stories have been published in Daily Science Fiction, the City Paper, and Stupefying Stories, among others, and she has a story upcoming in Strange Horizons.
Damien Walters Grintalis is an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning magazine, Electric Velocipede, and a staff writer with BooklifeNow. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. Her debut novel, Ink, was released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror. You can visit her website, www.damienwaltersgrintalis.com, her blog, http://dwgrintalis.blogspot.com, or follow her on Twitter @dwgrintalis.
Rahul Kanakia is a science fiction writer and former First Reader for Strange Horizons who has sold stories to Clarkesworld, the Intergalactic Medicine Show, Apex, Nature, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. He currently lives in Baltimore, where he is enrolled in the Master of the Fine Arts program in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Please visit his blog at http://www.blotter-paper.com or follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rahkan
Lesley Conner is an Assistant Editor and Marketing Leader for Apex Publications, and a writer of horror fiction. For more information on what’s happening with Apex, go to www.apexbookcompany.com. You can follow Lesley via Twitter at the handle @LesleyConner.
Scott H. Andrews is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the pro-rate online fantasy magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which specializes in literary adventure fantasy. Locus magazine has called BCS “a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media,” and its audio fiction podcast was a finalist for the 2012 Parsec Award. Scott is also a short fiction author whose stories have appeared in Weird Tales, Space and Time, and On Spec. Read Beneath Ceaseless Skies, download its ebooks, or listen to its audio podcast stories at beneath-ceaseless-skies.com.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. A not-for-profit literary society based in Baltimore, MD, BSFS holds many events such as anime socials, business meetings, gaming days, book clubs, writing critique circles, and also produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. For more information, please visit www.bsfs.org, or www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSciFi, or follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreSciFi.