Clarion friend slithytove linked, via douglascohen, some comments by new market Baen's Universe Asst. Editor nancyfulda on The Seven Deadly Sins of Slush. Some of these are general and some are specific to what Baen's Universe wants. Given that Baen's Universe is paying "above market" rates, it's a market you might want to consider submitting to.
Polyphony on Rejections
jaylake wrote that mme_publisher at Polyphony/Wheatland Press is dealing with a family medical situation and so the next round of Polyphony rejects may be slow in coming. Curious, I clicked over to mme_publisher to see what was on the blog and found this, which did not seem to start out as an April Fool's thread, but which got rather humorous about Rejectomancy. (grin)
Mmm... the problem is, I don't want my manuscripts set free! I want them set in type! (double-spaced-grin)
I know it doesn't count when you have your mommy and daddy read your stories, and they say they love them. But for Mother's Day I got around to mailing a copy of March's WOTF entry to them, and my father insisted on getting on the phone and telling me it was the best thing I've ever written. That he felt compelled to drive to the end to find out what was going to happen to these people.
Okay, I can feel a little chuffed about that. Especially when my mother agreed. But you know, a couple of the people who critted the story for me at the Version 1.03 level were saying the same thing. So now I'm beginning to have a good feeling for this story's chances, if not at WOTF then in a commercial market afterward. And I had to print out a copy of the "final" Version 1.04 story for Mrs. Dr. Phil to read, because she'd only read the 1.02 version. While I don't want to inundate my readers/proofers/critters with too many me-too versions of a story, sometimes these people get shortchanged and never see the final product.