Beat your Story into Submission

I am in a bit of a submitting frenzy at the moment.  At least 95% of my best work is out there. 

The whole submitting process can be tough, especially when you don’t know where to start.  I’m no expert, but here is what I’ve learned.

Who should you submit to?

An invaluable resource is Duotrope.  Filled with over 3425 listings of online and print publications seeking submissions, it is a must for all writers.  Use the search function to find the ideal publication to suit your piece and Bob’s your uncle!  Otherwise, Google can be useful in tracking down open submissions.

How do you improve your chances?

First, make sure your story is the very best it can be.  Ask someone else to read it through and proof read it to within an inch of its life.  Don’t rush the process, make sure everything is in place before hitting ‘send’. 

Read the guidelines.  Make sure you follow formatting guidelines.  Check the file type they want, make sure you stick within word count limits and stick to any themes they have.   Ensure to check whether simultaneous submissions or reprints are allowed.  Not following these simple guidelines can cost you your prized spot.

You should also research the intended publication as much as you can.  Read back issues of magazines and make sure what you’ve got is what the editor wants.  You can submit the best historical romance ever written, but a Sci-fi magazine still won’t accept it.

Once you’ve submitted, submit again.  Don’t sit there refreshing your emails every three seconds, that’s just a painful waste of time.  The process can take weeks, even months and that is valuable writing time.  Besides, the more you submit, the more chance you have of getting your name into print.

What if it gets rejected?

Submit again.  Keep on going and don’t give up.  What is it my Grandma used to say “If at first you don’t succeed…”



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