Sometimes we’re so excited to have written something new that we send it out before it’s ready. Let it “cool” for awhile and work on something else. Then when that something else is finished, let it sit for awhile and revise the first piece.
There are many styles and approaches to revision. Here’s a simple three-step approach, from the helpful folks at The Write Life blog.
If you’re an ordinary person who’s had an extraordinary experience, write it up and consider submitting it to Chicken Soup for the Soul. It’s a paying market, and if your story is selected you also receive ten free copies of the book in which your story or poem appears.
From the guidelines:
Stories are written in the first person and have a beginning, middle, and end–and create emotion rather than simply talking about it. …A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps, or any combination of these.
Here are some potential book topics for which the publisher is seeking stories:
- Dreams and synchronicities (DL March 31, 2016)
- The joy of Christmas (DL April 30, 2016)
- Blended families (DL June 30, 2016)
There are more on the site–check it out. And of course, read the complete guidelines before submitting.
Thanks to Doug Macleod for sharing Buzzfeed’s article on the exciting new book releases coming our way in 2016.
On the list: two memoirs, two CNF (creative nonfiction) accounts, and 23 novels and short story collections (if my quick accounting can be trusted!).
Looks like a great lineup from a really diverse and interesting group of writers. I can’t wait to dive in!
Skirt!Magazine publishes (and pays for) two personal essays a month. Themes and guidelines for 2016 listed here.
You can read sample issues of the magazine online–just click on the “current issue” link. Reading sample issues gives you a feel for whether something you write might be a “match.” That–and persistence–are really important if you want to get published.
It’s a question Wendy Fox, author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories, gets asked a lot. She’s written an instructive post about how she handles that question–and provides a well-documented reality check of book publishing today. Gird your loins!
The Osterhout Free Library (Willkes-Barre, Pa.) is relaunching its formerly shuttered publication, Word Fountain:
After a long hiatus, a new editing staff is working toward a spring relaunch of Word Fountain, the literary magazine of the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, and they’re seeking emerging and established writers to send in fresh stories, poems, flash fiction, essays, brief memoirs, and other short pieces.
The first new issue will be in print by the end of May, so the submission deadline is April 1; the sooner the work is sent in, the better.
Get all the details here.
Here are 50 magazines looking for content. Caution: this post is from 2007, so as with all writing you’re looking to submit, be sure to do your research: visit the website, check the guidelines, and submit your work in the manner they prefer to receive it.
And here’s more on the world of travel writing.