I have stumbled upon a couple of tools I thought I’d share to help writers get published. I have been writing since I was a teenager and have enjoyed every single minute of it. But, I did it all for me, all for the sheer fun of it. I honestly think that if the world ended and I was the last person alive, I’d still spend my time writing, even though no one would ever read it.
It was by chance that I came across a website called ‘Dark Markets’ (http://bit.ly/2oR6JA8). This is a great resource if you write anything that explores the darker side of the literature. The day I viewed it there was a call for submissions for a brand-new magazine called ‘The Wyrd’ (http://bit.ly/2oRxT9Z).
I had recently completed the final edit of a short story called ‘Sick Puppy’ that I thought would fit. So I spat in a tissue and cleaned its sticky face, tucked its shirt in and sent it off. Shouting for it to bring Daddy back a publishing credit.
Once I completed the submission, Wyrd recommended I track the submission with a tool called ‘The (Submission) Grinder’ (http://bit.ly/2oYmt2r). This tool is fantastic. It lets you track where you have submitted your work but also has a complete reference of magazines which accept submissions. You can filter by genre and required word count and also whether they are paid.
I have been checking it every few days and you can see when people get rejections and acceptances. This gives you a good idea of whether you can expect to hear something back from the submission.
I am now going to utilize these two tools extensively to try and get my work published. This is how the pros must do it. No one told me about these things, I happened across them by chance, so thought I’d pass on my limited knowledge in the hope it helps someone else.
‘Sick Puppy’ was rejected. I got a personal response, which was great for my self-confidence. I plan to resubmit somewhere else where the subject matter fits in a little better.