The bitter morning is bright with sunshine and so the day feels better. Am grateful for each nice January day….and February…and March…
Today I have submitted, followed through on some things, and edited a short story. Maybe it is finished and ready for publishing, which brings up the issue WHERE. How do my fellow writers choose where to publish?
A member of the local writing guild always stresses that a writer should know where she aiming and what she is writing for before starting. I think that is good advice, but hard to follow. I have stories I want to write that defy definition first. Sometimes I have to write the story to see where it goes.
Also it is hard to find a market with magazines anymore. Magazines do publish articles, but gone are the days of poetry, fiction and personal essay in so many publications. When I look at lists of possible markets I am knocked out by their wanting specific topics related to myths, witches, or the paranormal. Or maybe they want work generated by only Black or Jewish or California or Egyptian authors.
No one wants a previously published work; editors want all fresh and new. It is hard to produce so prodigiously each day when one doesn’t know where it will land or if it will be wanted. Yet to write for only certain (and sometimes boring) markets is limiting.
Everyone is writing a novel. I have a novel idea, but I don’t know where to begin and am intimidated by the size and scope of such a work. Thinking about writing a novel makes me feel like starting to climb Mt. Everest in flip flops!
So writers, how do you choose where to submit your work?
What are your favorite venues to read?