The “P” word is a writer’s holy grail. We kid ourselves, saying, “Aw, it’s just some stuff I wrote for myself,” when in reality we say “Man! This would be an awesome piece to get published!” There are as many ways to get P’d as there are stars in the galaxy. Those stars I will pluck another day.
But what if you have a “little something” you’d like to either get published or enter into a contest? Again, there are zillions of ways you can go about doing this.
Today I am offering three places that send you publishers, contests, and writing ideas. I subscribe to all three, and have been satisfied with all of them (even if I have only sent something in now and then).
Angela Hoy: firstname.lastname@example.org More like a newsletter, Angela offers publications and publishers, along with helpful writing tips.
Freedom With Writing email@example.com Another newsletter offering writing tips, contests, publishers and publications.
Creative Writers Opportunities List https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRWROPPS-B/info I know this is a “group”, but this is a great site. This group posts calls for submissions and contest information for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. You receive all your notices by email. (I actually dropped this site once because I couldn’t keep up with all their offerings.) I’m back, and its a great place to see who’s accepting what.
Publishing is a horse of a different color, one that others more eloquently cover. But no matter where you decide to send your “baby”, know that there are scam artists out there just waiting for your money.
There are plenty of other sites/newsletters, etc., that let you know what’s going on in the publishing/contest world. Two of my favorites: SFWA (Science Fiction Writers Association) has a pages full of articles on cons, schemes, and crooked publishers. http://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/. Also check out Predators and Editors http://pred-ed.com/ also has pages of tips, not only on how to get published, but publishers to beware of.
Getting published is a writer’s dream, but don’t let it rule your emotions. Keep writing, keep working on your portfolio. You will be amazed how good it feels to go back and reread something you wrote some time ago. There is always some place you can try and share your writings with. Just take your time in finding the right one for you.
Some writers don’t want to hand out their publisher’s name, which is alright. But if you are one of those who don’t mind sharing how you got your book/poem/research paper out there, feel free to share that with us! And if you self-published, did you have a good experience
I always think I’m fading from the writing world, until the Muse comes knocking, or I reread some of my earlier creations. Then I am ON the bandwagon again! And I love it!
I know you do too! So don’t stop. Just take your time.