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[*] posted on 10/7/2011 at 02:57 PM
Ask Not What Lit Mags Can Do For You


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While there are literary journals out there that are turning a profit and paying their writers, the fact remains that most literary journals have a hard time making ends meet. They don't pay money because they don't make money.

But that doesn't mean aspiring writers should give them the brush-off.

What Can Literary Magazines and Journals Do For You?

1) Literary agents and editors are always on the lookout for exciting new voices, and they often discover them in literary magazines.

2) Because most lit mag editors aren’t in it for the money, they’re willing to take a risk on pieces that might not find a home in mainstream, commercial publishing—great news for new, experimental, or marginalized writers.

3) You don’t need a literary agent to submit to lit mags. The doors are open to everybody. Feel free to submit widely (and wisely).

4) Literary journals exist in print and online. And that helps you get the best of both worlds. These days, it’s not a question of print or digital. Having your work published in both mediums is important to building a platform/reputation.

Link to full HuffingtonPost article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/lit-mags_n_996537.html




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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 11:11 AM


There have been some lit mags I've considered submitting to, but I haven't been doing much writing recently... I need to get back into the swing of writing. Recent events have made that very clear to me, and submitting to some of these mags if they accepted me would help with my quest to get an agent.

I've got one story going to the St. Martin's first crime novel contest... just need to finish editing it. Got another semifinalist in the faulkner/wisdom... I just need to get on the ball submitting.

But yeah - lit mags are a decent way to get some exposure as long as you pick the right ones. I like that they are trying to support some of the good university mags.





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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 11:15 AM


Information for thought. It is always a good idea to enhance the portfolio.



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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 09:29 PM


Love this. I've thought about it, but I'm not confident in my writing or myself, so really haven't given it much thought.

Wondering about Michy's post though. What are some good ones to think about submitting to? I've no idea where to go or look for such a market or once I get there how to even decide which ones are worthwhile.

Thanks for posting the article!
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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 10:45 PM


they list some good ones here:

http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/2011/10/three-cheers-literary-jou...

some of these do pay too.




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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 11:00 PM


Thanks Michy. I went and re-read the article, found the links at the bottom and also went through the comments.

I've got some great leads, now it's just time to do something about it and stop making excuses.
But right now, I think it's bed time! lol. :)
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[*] posted on 10/8/2011 at 11:37 PM


Melissa,

Writers don't sleep. We just pass out....




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[*] posted on 10/11/2011 at 09:45 PM


Robert, that's hilarious. :) That turns me off of writing completely....maybe. lol. It shouldn't be too much different from being in college full-time, working, and taking care of family.

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