Web submissions to LARC are a great way for writers and artists to promote their work without the acceptance and rejection hassle. I've been there. I turned in my short stories to dozens of publications, waiting months for feedback, only to get a form letter. The truth is there are far more writers and artists in the world than there are publications.
When I released Distant Origins I also went through a list of hundreds of blogs, requesting a book review. I, like many of you, thought web submissions for publications and review requests were the only way to start building a fan base. Then I had a new idea. Something that leverages the power of my writing, the very thing I'm trying to promote, to bring an audience. LARC-SciFi.com gave me a place to give away my work to readers for free, and those that like it can make purchases if they wish. I'm happy to say that the website averages around five hundred unique viewers a month!
What does that mean to you and your quest for web submissions to launch your writing or illustrating career? Everything. My LARC fans, the people who read and listen to the stuff on this site are also coming around for fan contributed material, like Paul Bentham's Etikraft. Set in the LARC Universe, something my fans already enjoy, Paul display's his writing style for my fans and those that enjoy it, can find his other stuff at the bottom.
I spent so much time asking other writers for a bit of promotion, using skills I developed in business to business sales to begin forging relationships, then I realized those tips about giving web submissions to monthly genre publications and author blogs about book reviews had been followed until those avenues became saturated. They are no longer the way for most writers to get noticed.
Become a part of the LARC Universe. There is no gatekeeper, just you, me, and the fans. Plus, everyone who contributes a piece brings their fans in, which grows the fanbase, and exposes more readers to your work.
Let your work speak for itself. I won't stop you here. Your flash fiction or art will be on display here, so long as you follow my golden rule. Write or adapt your piece to fit within the LARC Universe. This should be easy for those who have read Distant Origins or Chasing Stars in LARC Transmissions. Here are some basics that will keep you on track:
Is Fantasy your thing? Set your story in the world Ghostkin invaded, check out the beginning of A Paleolithic Fable. A Ghostkin could make a portal with his kadinger and transport himself right into your universe! Submit Your Paleolithic Fable here.
You were probably looking for a web submission form for something you already wrote. You have likely already spent hours trying to convince other writers and editors to put you in front of their audience. I think you are better off spending an hour or two creating something in the LARC Universe, and letting LARC fans discover you. Another writer's opinion of your work shouldn't matter as much as a reader's appreciation of your work. I know that if you love writing, your better at it than selling your stories (unless you studied business in college, like me).
Do something you love to promote yourself. It will go further than the long wait behind all the other eager up and comers. Give LARC-SciFi your web submission today!
The League has launched hundreds of colonial spaceships into the universe. One person could never hope to share a Universe full of adventure alone.
Your LARC sci fi idea is welcome here! Tell your story in at least 500 words. Then I'll share with the LARC community. This form can handle up to 10,000 characters (letters, symbols, empty spaces) so if you write a story beyond a thousand words, you may need to break it into parts or chapters. I can put it back together again, behind the scenes.
Share your LARC inspired pictures here too!
Silaluk sketch by Chad Gomez