Dear Miss Snark:
Right now I'm working on a novel. I figure it would help if I had some short stories published before I start submitting it. So... do you know of any online literary/sf journals that a potential agent might take seriously?
I've been searching but I'm turning up a lot of dreck. I would go after print journals, but I'm on deployement right now so that's sort of a non-starter. I'm ecstatic if I find non-funky deodorant at our exchange, so finding journals/ writer's market info is out of the picture.
Thanks for your time.
You're asking the wrong person. My idea of literary sf is a royalty statement.
There are people who read this blog, and through no fault of their own are devoted SFF fans and writers. (Probably cause their moms confused Mr. Spock with Dr. Spock for advice on rasiing babies, but never mind. ) Anyway. I'll post this and let's see what the comment trail churns up.
Generally, when someone tells me about a publication credit, I google it if I haven't heard of the thing. I look at their submission guidelines. If it's clear they are selective, it "counts". If it's just the in-house website of IWannaGetPublished.comma then, not so much.
But again, good writing trumps all. Pub credits are nice but they aren't any where close to required.
Snarklings, give the guy some good advice.