How do you get your story in our 'zine? You create a great first page. Sadly, and honestly, you usually get only one short page to entice us. What's a writer to do?
- Do obey submission rules, including file format, word-length. Do not have excessive grammar/spelling problems. Generally, not doing this will not get you an automatic reject but it makes editors grumpy, so we're predisposed to reject.
- Carefully consider if you want to do something less common like using present tense. You can do it but does it serve your art or is it just annoying?
- Don't doing anything cliched like waking up, driving in a car, characters looking at themselves in the mirror, etc.
- Do create a unique realistic voice--this is the number one thing that draws me into a story.
- Do create an intriguing premise. Often this is where your speculative element comes in. What is amazing about your story?
- Do create a fully-fleshed out world. Even on planet Earth everyone's world is different. Show us the world of your characters.
- Speaking of showing, do show us something. A full first page of telling is a tough sell.
If you're struggling, consider reading the first pages of some published Electric Spec stories and analyzing what those authors did.