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Stacey Janssen

Managing Editor:
Dave Noonan


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  • Paula Stiles


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  • Geb Brown

Publisher: Bluejack

November, 2008 : Editorial:

Dearth of a Sales Pitch

or, Shameless Call for Submissions

I don't know how he does it—every time I think that an issue is going to be a little slim, I prepare for it and get the editorial ready to explain why we're looking so malnourished. Then, just as we're coming down to the wire, Bluejack bursts through the door, a stack of manuscripts in his hands, and declares that he has found enough articles to fill the issue!

That's how it goes in my head, anyway. In reality, he just scrounges them up somewhere and emails them to me, but that's not as exciting to describe. Nor as fun.

Wait... did I say the issue was looking slim? I did. We need more submissions! If you're worried that you'll spend time writing an entire article only to have someone else beat you to it, you'll be thrilled to know that we are now contracting with full queries. All you have to do is email us with your full idea and writing background and you could find yourself with a slot in an upcoming issue of IROSF before ever having written a word. You may also still submit completed manuscripts, if you prefer to. Are you stuck for a topic? Write about how video games are affecting the genre, or if they are at all. Tell us about authors that we haven't heard of but should have. Introduce a new way to see an old genre story. None of these sound interesting? Then allow me to direct your attention our Recently Received section. Request a book! Write a review! Join the ranks of our contributors—and remember that we pay our writers.

Surely you have noticed that we have a few ads up on the site. Some of them, you may have also noticed, are slightly animated. This is mostly because we're using these ads as placeholders until you purchase ad space. That's right—only you can prevent animated headaches across the top of the screen. We're hoping that this also gives our potential sponsors an idea of what their ads might look like. As you can probably tell, we're still toying with placement and we're open to any feedback at this time. For more information on advertising, see our FAQ here and Bluejack's latest forum post here.

While our donation experiment has not had an overwhelming response, we do have a new item at the IROSF Café Press store that you'll surely want just in time for Christmas—an IROSF teddy bear is the perfect gift for every SF fan on your list, young or old! (Seriously, even I want one.) Not sure where to store it? Carry it around in your stylish new IROSF tote bag! Tired of being told about the Café Press store? Well then, to quote the cranky old merchants in the original Zelda, "Buy something, will ya?"

Hopefully by now you already know about our RSS feeds—News, Forums, and (ahem) Recently Receivedwhich means that this is probably my last subtle reminder. Speaking of reminders, for all our American readers, allow me to be the eighteenth person to remind you to get out there and vote today.

Copyright © 2008, Stacey Janssen. All Rights Reserved.

About Stacey Janssen

Stacey was born and raised in Southern California. She worked dispatch for several years before moving to Seattle in 2006, and graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Creative Writing in 2009. She now writes video game content by day. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Internet Review of Science Fiction.


Nov 4, 07:49 by IROSF
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