Friday, May 20, 2011
E-Press: The 21st Century's Form of Pulp Fiction?
E-books, E-magazines, and E-presses were compared to pulp fiction magazines and trade paperbacks in the first half of the twentieth century. Many famous novelists got their start in pulp fiction as they honed their craft and waited for traditional publishers to discover them.
Pulp fiction writers were looked down on by more successful writers as inferior because they felt the pulp fiction publishers weren't putting out quality work. Even today I've heard the same comments about e-magazines and e-presses. I'm not saying they are wrong. There are good ones out there but authors have to be diligent in research before submitting.
The competition for the few print magazines that accept fiction is mind boggling as every magazine writer knows. Getting your foot in the door with a traditional book publisher is just as difficult. With this economy it's almost impossible. A newer hurdle is the fact that now a writer needs an agent to toss the magazine over the transom. The agent can't toss just anything or the agent's reputation is sunk. Querying agents and getting no response or quick rejections is very discouraging but understandable. I have to pat them on the back for their honest efforts to find someone they want to represent. They now deal with piles of slush in their inbox or their office, and the majority of them still reject kindly.
I have to admit, I want to be published in print. It used to be a major goal but I've slowed down my short fiction submissions to just a few select ones as I work on novels. I keep getting disappointing rejections, but being accepted by an e-magazine or e-press keeps me going. It validates my writing and makes me proud to see my name in...gosh...can I say "print" when referring to electronic success?
What are your feelings about this century's pulp fiction? Would you consider an e-press for a project rejected first by a traditional press?