Good morning! Since I am all about supporting other writers, and I am making a decent enough amount to have hit semi-pro status I wanted to give any writers out there a push in the right direction.
There is no one way to get your stuff out there, but if you’re not sure where to start I suggest you utilize tools like Duotrope. It is a website that charges a minimal fee to help you find the right publications to submit your stories to.
Short stories are like reps in the gym. Sure we all want to get that novel out there, but speaking from experience, you need practice or it will suck. When you first start out you’re full of hope and think you’ll take the world by storm. Then you start getting rejections and come to fully understand the saying “writing is a process.”
The more editors I work with, the better I get because I am willing to listen and make the necessary changes to get published, as long as it doesn’t compromise the integrity of the story.
I’m still learning, but I have gotten my acceptance ratio up to 43%. It’s bound to go down again as I submit more works, but the main reason is that I finally broke down and tried out Duotrope after the first of the year.
It is amazing! You can find the publications that best fit your style and start building a rapport with the ones that interest you the most. As you make contacts and work on your skills, you’ll get more acceptances.
Start out small and then work your way up. It’s the same as any other business.
Sorry if this sounds like a commercial. The point is that there are numerous magazines out there, and if you’re unsure as to where to start check out Duotrope.