Duotrope, that excellent website that shows you what markets are available where, has taken the reluctant decision to go down the subscription route as of 1st January 2013. You can’t blame them as they have to make enough money to pay the people who run it a living wage.
You’ll still be able to see some limited information for free, but the more interesting stuff will be behind the subscription wall. They say that they expect their statistics to become more accurate as a consequence of this move.
So, if you are a writer struggling financially (as a lot of creative writing students will be), where can you find information from in one place? For science fiction, the only alternatives to scouring the websites that I know of are the ralan.com (yes, it also deals with fantasy and horror) and the SFWA websites. Information-wise they aren’t a patch on that of duotrope, but it’s much better than nothing.
It also means that the less well-known publishers may miss out on some good stories because the writer doesn’t know about them. The first to be hit will the new anthologies. They are usually one-offs. The less well-known publishers will follow as their writership (is there such a word?) changes with the course of time.
So what can be done?
I’m sure in due course, other websites will start listing those publishers they want to, not sure who, where or when.
When I get the time, I’ll add a list of British publishers here… (time is very tight because of seasonal activities and other things… more anon when I can say something).
So if you want to be sure to be added to this list, leave a comment.
The following are already ones I know about:
Jupiter, Interzone, Victor Gollancz, HarperVoyager, Angry Robot, PS Publishing, Newcon Press, Random House, Murky Depths, Solaris and Whippleshield.
And sorry no – I’m not interested in fantasy or horror. And again, sorry no, I’m not interested in anything other than British (other wise the list will get too long for me to manage).