Today, we're honored to welcome author and editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt to Write1Sub1. Bryan is the editor of Blue Shift Magazine and author of The Worker Prince, which received an Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. He's edited multiple SF anthologies and hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter.
W1S1: First off, how
would you describe your role(s) at Blue Shift Magazine?
the day to day creative show, managing slush, slush readers, making decisions
on stories that we buy and how they're edited as well as what order things
ultimately get presented in. That includes nonfiction and fiction both. I also
write editorials and coordinate advertising with our sales team.
W1S1: What would you
say are the top three things you look for in a story?
A good arc, well-written/engaging
prose, and strong conflict driving the story.
W1S1: Typically, what
makes the difference between a story's acceptance or rejection?
There's no easy answer to that. So
many factors. I have to figure out which stories fit best together, even though
they are varied. I am looking for varied lengths. And I am looking for varied
themes. But I also try and tie in our nonfiction to one or two stories, so that
can be a factor. I try and include at least one flash piece per issue as well.,
W1S1: What fresh
ideas/themes would you like to see submitted to Blue Shift?
If you do zombies and vampires,
it better be nothing I've ever seen. Otherwise, I doubt I'll even finish
reading it. They are done and done again. Beyond that, I try and keep a variety
of stories and approaches, but slipstream and surrealism are NOT my thing. It's
science fiction. So send me science fiction but something that can be
appreciated broadly by people from many backgrounds.
W1S1: Tell us about
your latest anthology in the works: Raygun Chronicles.
Raygun Chronicles is a collection
of contemporary space opera with a classic feel. We have top authors headlining
and writing new stories along with two up and comers. And we have some reprints
we pulled from the closed ezine Ray Gun Revival.
Headliners are Mike
Resnick, A.C. Crispin, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Seanan
McGuire, Allen Steele, Sarah A. Hoyt and Brenda Cooper. New stories are coming
from Keanan Brand and Peter J. Wacks. It's a pro paying anthology from a small
press, so we decided to Kickstart funding to make it happen. We have amazing
artwork, great rewards, and a great book to come, including hardback and
paperback as well as ebook editions. We just need people to pre-order via supporting the Kickstarter to make it happen.
Given the talent pool, and my
track record as well as that of Every Day Publishing, I have strong confidence
people will get a book they'll value for time to come. We just have to spread
W1S1: Thanks, Bryan! We'll be sure to get the word out.