I went to the bookstore yesterday on a high from the conference. Never a good idea. Then again, I may singlehandedly save the industry at the rate I’m going.
I’m kidding. What I actually did was sit down with a HUMONGOUS stack of magazines. Like:
Except not that neat.
I looked over the entire back wall of a Books-A-Million and picked up anything that looked interesting to me. I picked up crochet magazines because I used to love to crochet. I picked up wedding magazines because I’ve had some pretty cool wedding stories in my life. I looked over film review magazines because that’s something I want to learn how to do. I looked at horror magazines because that’s a little like fantasy–but, as I decided, not much.
I flipped through to see which one took fictions and checked out a few other sections that I might like to write for. Then I picked a handful that seemed like the best winners for me (and my budget):
Realms of Fantasy
American Girl (which I’ve already discovered does not take fiction submissions)
I also picked up Otaku USA because I’m also running an anime review blog under a persona.
The final think I bought was The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block. Four things to say about that:
1. I want Jennifer Heuer to do my jacket cover.
2. The synopsis of this book grabbed me…and then I discovered it didn’t do justice to the first chapter.
3. That name is too pretty to be real. It’s either a pseudonym or the lady’s parents are overpassionate.
4. $17 is too much for that tiny hardback. I only bought it on a binge.