As I creep ever closer to finishing my first novel, I have a concern lurking on the periphery of my writer’s brain: my resume. I’ve read in a number of places that as I try to get my foot in the door to an agent and then a publisher, one thing that could go a long way to convincing these fine people of my worthiness is to have a demonstrable writing history. Now, I do have some things in my kit, but I’m always on the lookout for ways to expand my portfolio.
To that end, I’ve decided that in my spare time (we all have so much of that, don’t we?) I’m going to start submitting some of my short stories to some online and traditional literary publications. It seemed like a no-brainer kind of decision. After all, it can only look good if I have on my writer’s resume that I was published in a reputable regional or even national magazine, right?
So I’ve been researching potential candidates. The problem I’ve run into frequently is that a lot of periodicals that have historically accepted submissions from authors have shut down, victims of a changing online and print market place. So I thought I’d share some of the still viable options here, to maybe save my fellow writers some time. Here they are in no particular order:
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To be honest, even the crappiest (apparently word of the day) book should be getting requests because a good query, like a good car salesman, can sell anything. If you aren’t getting any requests on 20 queries (that means at least one request for every 20 queries you send), you need to rewrite your query. It’s not working.
Jessica Faust, literary agent (BookEnds), in reference to an author who received 120 rejections on query alone (not one agent requested a partial). (via oliveryeh)
Since launching it in the fall of 2010, I’ve allowed Sojourner Mountain to evolve a bit. In all honesty, I didn’t have a plan for it other than wanting it to be 1) a place to inspire creative writing and photography, and 2) a place I could showcase my own writing. On the second point, I specifically wanted to document my own journey towards publication.
Since then, however, I’ve been learning a lot from the writing community that I had started connecting with through blogging and through Twitter. I decided that I was trying to do too much with Sojourner Mountain, and so I needed to evolve it further still. The original goal is still the same: to provide inspiration and resources to my fellow aspiring writers, but the creative writing blog will now be a lot cleaner.
So that meant I needed to find a home for my personal writing. So since I had to create a new online home anyway, why not find a blogging platform that was better suited to me? Ultimately I found WordPress to be the best fit, and so The Weathered Journal is now home.
So please check out The Weathered Journal and leave comments! I’ll still be keeping Sojourner Mountain up to date too, so I’d love some submits and comments on it as well.
Thanks so much for your support.
Visual Writing Prompt 37 Skimming the clouds . This photo suggests a more specific kind of writing than most of the visual writing prompts. Taken from the belly of an MH-53 Air Force special operation helicopter, the peaceful scene before this gunner belays the conflict on the ground. This could be an interesting short story.
By the way, this picture is the one I’m most proud of in my entire collection. I love it.
Visual Writing Prompt 36 Nature’s Bridge to Resolution. Above icy waters nature has provided a little help on getting from where you are to the other side, which is where you need to go. What drove you here, and what is on the other side of this bridge?
Visual Writing Prompt 35 Life in the Desolation. A familiar truism is that life is fragile. While that certainly seems to often be the case, it is also true that, paradoxically, life is resilient. Take the trees and shrubs of the desert as a great example. In this arid wilderness, they have all they need to survive. Humans too are usually tougher than we give them credit for. Tell a story (short or flash fiction) of survival.