Since I haven’t written much over the past few months, I haven’t produced any new stories. No new stories, then nothing to submit, right? Well, no. I know several writers who actively keep their previously published work circulating as reprints, so I thought I’d submit a few of my already published pieces and see what happens. Guess what, good things happen. One of my favorite small publications, Kasma SF, has accepted my story “Hoodoo.”
“Hoodoo” has a fascinating history (at least I think it’s interesting): multiple acceptances, long waits, disappointments, eventual publication, a good review by Lois Tilton, and I suspect very, very few readers. I originally wrote “Hoodoo” for an anthology and got it accepted, but after numerous lengthy delays in publication, I withdrew it, and found it a home with a new publication, Specutopia. Unfortunately, Specutopia lasted one issue, which is too bad because it was a nice looking publication that got a decent review from Lois Tilton at Locus—no small feat, that. Needless to say, with only one issue for sale and being a new publication, I don’t think it sold many copies.
All that happened several years ago, and I still like the story a lot, so I thought it was a good candidate for reprinting (no online archive, small readership, good reviews, etc.). I felt it was a good fit at Kasma SF, so I sent it to them, and I got word yesterday from editor Alex Korovessis that they wanted to publish it.
For those not familiar with Kasma SF, they’re one of the best small market publications out there. The editor is great to work with. They commission artwork for their stories. They’re responsive. They’ve published some really good fiction. Of course, as someone who’s had several stories published in Kasma SF—shameless plug, but check here and here—I may be a tad bit biased, but I still think you’ll be hard pressed to find a better small science fiction publication. But don’t take my word for it, go check them out.
I’m a fan of Kasma too, and both the editor and the house artist (Jose Bateus) are good people.
Congrats on the sale.
Jose did a wonderful illustration for my “Forget the Rain.” He’s very good. Kasma is one of those places other startups should look to for doing it right, IMO. If you’re writing science fiction (that’s mostly what they publish), and are looking for a place to submit it, Kasma should be near the top of your list.