Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tweet the Meat News: Submission Stats for the rip fest

As always, it was great fun to read all of your submissions. Once again, we've been overwhelmed with more good submissions than we know what to do with. If you haven't heard from us yet, that's a good thing.

If you have been rejected, we really encourage you to submit to one of the other Twitterzines. We have a list of them here. Some of these subs were too good to go unread.

We are still getting handfuls of submissions that are too long. Please, familiarize yourself with the market and Twitter before you submit. We're not rejecting your 140 word opus of gore and horror because we're "uneducated hacks" who don't know brilliance when we see it, we're rejecting it because it doesn't fit the market. (Well, maybe we are uneducated hacks, but we can still recognize when someone hasn't followed the guidelines.)

Twitter has a 140 character limit that includes spaces. If it doesn't fit, it's rejected. Period.

*Total Submissions: 112

*Ripped-open ribcages: 8
*Insanely-angry responses to a rejection: 1
*Stories where someone rips a poster/piece of paper/something else which results in someone's flesh also being ripped: 9
*Ripped-off tattoos: 4

Next week's theme: Memories.

Note our sub guidelines have changed. Multiple subs now all go into a single email. I'm reading: Tweet the Meat News: Submission Stats for the rip festTweet this!


  1. I love insanely angry responses.

  2. Any chance you can run twice as many, or a bonus episode, or something? I realize that means shelling out more money, but I think if there are really that many good submissions, readers will show their appreciation. Eventually, at least. You're just starting out, but the internet is (usually) a meritocracy, and good content gets rewarded.

  3. Our eventual goal is to do just that... One a day during the week and then three a day on Friday-Sunday, though for now that's out of reach.

    We're hoping to get >5,000 real followers who follow because they truly want to subscribe. Once that goal is reached, we'll actively pursue a weekly sponsorship with a relevant Horror market. They'd get a plug on the blog and a few plugs via Twitter. "The Meat Tweets this week are sponsored by _____ Books or _____ Magazine." The last thing we want to do is spam the readers, but we don't want to go broke doing this either, so we'll have to experiment until we find a balanced method that works. $30 a month isn't a big deal, but more than that, and it starts to hurt.

    If we can get it to the point where it evens out, we'll be happy and more than willing to increase both the frequency and the pay.

  4. Fingers crossed for you. And I'll do what I can to help promote (you and the other twitfiction markets), as I get the chance... :)