A couple of new features were released over the last week on the Submission Grinder. For those who don’t know what the Submission Grinder is, it’s a donation-supported website that helps writers finds publishers for their work, as well as providing submission statistics from user data.
The Advanced Search Engine can do a lot of things already. You can search by various parameters like length or pay rate. You can ignore individual markets so they never show up in your search results, or exclude markets where a particular piece has been submitted. But it can only work with the data it has available to it, and sometimes that’s not the sort of data that a program can make sense of. For instance, Beneath Ceaseless Skies takes secondary world fantasy only. The search engine can base its search on genre, so it’ll find BCS in a Fantasy search, so if you search for your contemporary American fantasy you’re going to keep seeing BCS in your search results and you’ll have to remember to ignore that result yourself. Or if you have a piece that doesn’t technically fit the specifications of a market but you have special permission to submit or something, then there would be no way to mark that for yourself.