Over on SFBookswap, Jasmine is now going to include the total # of stories and the # of female-written stories for each market (and a list at he bottom of markets who didn’t have any women-written fiction in a certain period). I asked her to do this so we could keep rolling data on this stuff and make tallies and such at the end of the year. When I do the print fiction roundup for May I’ll start the same.
One of the things I noticed when I was collecting online data from last year is that Baen’s and IGMS seemed to have the lowest ratios. It’s weird because I get the impression that the older and/or more established SF writers who don’t really know much about what’s going on with online markets seem to be okay with Baen’s (and possibly IGMS). I was talking to Nancy Kress at World Fantasy and she told me she had a story coming up in Baen’s. I waved my hand dismissively and said I didn’t red that market because if something’s online, I’m not paying to look at web content. And she said to me, in a sort of bewildered tone like I was a small child, “But Tempest, how else will they get money to pay their authors?” (I should pause here and say that Nancy wasn’t being condescending. Rather, she is like the ultimate mother-ish person. And ever since Clarion West, when I first met her, I’ve always felt rather like a small child whenever she talks to me, but in a good way. Like somehow an apple pie is going to show up and I can suck my thumb and watch some cartoons and be snuggly safe.) Anyway, my point was that I wonder if there is a correlation? Like, old guard SF is into Baen’s, so Baen’s publishes like an old guard magazine, complete with the lack of women in significant numbers.