Tuesday 1 March 2011

Submission success

Greetings, citizens.

I'm rather chuffed to announce the publication of a couple of my pieces - Unforgettable was picked up by Escape into Life, while The Sought After Smile is now live on Luna Station Quarterly!

Now, down to brass tacks. My post on how to cope with rejection over on Fuel Your Writing seems to have struck a chord, but now I'm planning one on how to approach the submission process in the first place. Where to look for titles, how to decide what to submit - that sort of thing. I know it can be daunting and confusing, and I want to try and help you to make it as hassle-free as possible.

So here's where you come in. If you're never submitted before and you have any questions, leave me a comment and I'll try to make sure I answer any questions in the article itself!


Anonymous said...

No worries, Icy. Here comes my list:

You say your pieces were 'picked up'. Did they come and find your work, or did you go and find them? If so, why them?

If they found you - did you leap at the chance of being picked up - or - were you careful to 'vet' the potential location of your work.
As someone who would love to be published, I don't want to make the mistake of saying 'yes' to the first offer.
Which makes my ask - is that a mistake? Is any publication, good publication?

If you found them, how did you market (or pitch) your work to them?

Would love to ask more but for now, there we are!

Can't wait to see the article :D

Anonymous said...

Question Time
I would like to know how to decide what to submit.
Should you go for big name journals/publications first up or start small? If not, why not?
Should you send multiple submissions or one at a time?
Cheers, Icy.
Adam B @revhappiness

Larry Kollar said...

Are we talking short stories, novel-length work, or both? Do publications ever troll the net looking for writers, or is that a collective fantasy? ;-)

If I think of better questions after the coffee kicks in, I'll send them along a little later…

Mari said...

Woot! Escape Into Life is a *wonderful* webzine! You must be honored! :D

Fantastic article on rejections, btw. Left a comment and can't wait to see your next on submissions.

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