Dear All, I've just finished a short story and I feel I'm ready to submit. I know, yay, kaboom, party poppers, lots of tequila and weed, but no crack or acid yet. That will have to wait until the story is accepted. But here's a caveat: I am a first-time author. I've done some homework, of course. I thought, the best strategy would be to submit to several magazines that allow simultaneous submissions. The pros are obvious. Are there any cons? How many magazines are too many? (I have about 20 on my list so far) Also, if a magazine mentions a kill fee, should that be a turnoff? Does that indicate they are in a habit of withdrawing accepted stuff? I know, questions, questions, questions, but I'd really appreciate any help. Happy MLK!