Hello fellow writers,
What are some magazines, journals, websites, etc, to send writing to? I've been writing for a very long time and I recently decided that I'd like to try publishing some of it. I'm not sure where to start though. Does anyone have any advice for me on this? There's so many different journals and magazines for writers. I feel overwhelmed and way over my head here. Anyone have any ideas? I figured that some of you must have some experience in publishing work. Thanks everyone :)
Start here: http://litreactor.com/columns/storyville-where-to-send-your-stories
Thank you! That's a really great list. I appreciate it!
I'm not published--well not in fiction. I just started sending lots of crap out. I am getting the idea that the key is to keep sending again and again until something sticks. So far all I have to show for it is a couple of higher tier and personal rejections. Very sad the things that make your day. "Oh boy, they said I made it to the final round, but that means I was closer, right?!??" "Holy crap, they gave me some real feedback, and not just a form letter. weeeeeee!!"
1). Read, subscribe, learn the market. As a reader and writer, it's something you should be developing over years. Not sure what's easily available in your country, but try to get your hands on as many different magazines as you can. If you find something you really like, subscribe.
A good way to identify your market is by following other writers' trails. If you have a favorite collection, see where all that writer's stories are published. If there's a magazine you like, check the contributers' page and see where else those writer's have published. If you like author Roxane Gay, visit her website and look at her publication history, etc.
Another simple way is through the "Best of..." yearly prizes. If you're writing literary fiction, buy the Best of American Short Stories, and in the back you'll find a list of all the magazines they consider for the award. Most genres have similar collections.
2). Visit the magazine websites. Read their submission guidelines, get a feel for their interests, and either decide to send to them, or cross them off your list. This is time consuming, but if you're serious about getting published it's time well spent (and should be kind of fun). You'll find plenty of wormholes into more magazines and writers you might like.
3). Send out your stories. I recommend sending to about 7-10 markets at a time, whatever you're comfortable keeping track of. I know many writers will send out way more than that, just keep in mind that if your story is accepted, you'll have to withdraw it from every other magazine you sent it to--if you have three stories out to 30 markets each, it's a lot to juggle.
It's a rolling process. In one to four months you'll start getting rejections. Send out another batch. Try to keep as many stories floating out there as you can. Eventually you get accepted. Then do it all again.
It gets easier. Soon you'll have a list of 10 to 20 favorites that you'll always send to. Then maybe a second tier list that you might be less familiar with, but would still like to publish in, as so on. It will come down to defining your criteria (being paid, being in print/online, being in established places, whatever), and building a list. Good luck.
"Platform" is not exactly the same as "where to get published" but not that different either. I have done a bit of writing and discussion on this, and addressed writing conferences on the topic. I have a little different idea of "platform" than all the "experts" you read.
But to get to your question, I think it's good to spend some energy on anthologies. Much better return than little mags and journals. They notify faster, select more... and you get an amazon book credit if published in an anthology, which stays on your author page for good
There are groups called "Anthologists" on FaceBook and Linked In, with occasional listings of books looking for contributions. And if you can't find one that suits your style... publish your own.
I have a free ebook that goes into this in more detail (and 3 other ways to build readership that you don't hear from all the "experts") at this site: http://books.noisetrade.com/lintonrobinson/platform-planks
Most of this have been stated above, but it is worth repeating. Know your genre and know the writers in your genre. Pick your favorite books and look at who publishes them and submit to them. Look who their agents are and try hitting them up. If you're looking to publish short stories, find out where your favorite short stories were first published and try them. Also, take classes and go to workshops and share your work. Put it out there. If you're confident with it, if you honestly think it's good, someone else will, and it's just a matter of finding that right someone else who can put it in the hands of other right someone else.
Here's a thing you can do, too. Look at Duotrope or some other place that has acceptance percentages and pick a "sure bet." They probably won't pay and it may not be all that selective, but still, it's someone's labor of love and they'll read your story and say "Okay, this is good enough to publish" and then, BANG, you're published.
Okay, now you're a published author. That hurdle is crossed, so now you can start applying to places that pay. Maybe token payment, maybe contributor copies. It'll be harder, but keep trying and one day soon, You're a paid author! Your work is in a book that you yourself didn't have to spend money on! Now you're a paid author!
By this time you'll have been rejected a lot, but you'll also have been accepted. That's not bad. Now you start mixing things up - apply to the pro-rate zines, the semi-pro pay-but-ver-prestigious journals. When they don't bite a new story, go back dow to the token payments, the contributor copies, then back to the "sure things."
Soon you'll be an paid author, making pro-rates (sometimes) and building up more and more publications. Are they all amazing? No, but honestly, neither are all of our stories. So start at the bottom and keep working on it. Whatever success you have, revel in it, then next time - aim a little higher.