I'm wondering if anyone other than authors reads literary magazines. It seems to me that very few people read short stories, even among the larger population of readers, much less magazines dedicated to short stories. And does that affect the quality of writing in lit mags in contrast to that of novels, which have a more marketable appeal? Are lit mags writers writing for other writers?
Well like I've never read a litmag mostly because 1. I can't afford the good ones, and 2. for a long time I didn't really think of myself as a writer for litmags hoping to still do genre fiction.
But I'm probably more likely to read a litmag, compared to some relatives I know of that tend to prefer novels. Nothing special: King, Brown, Koonts, Patterson. But they are likely to even read in something like Fantasy And Science Fiction.. (I did because I still clang to the hope this was my niche.)