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Writers have to be extremely persistent, ridiculously stubborn, and just a little bit stupid. Writers experience more rejection than most people do—or could handle. Writers either develop thick skin, stop submitting, or take up drinking.
I believe that the toughness it takes to keep putting yourself out there, and being rejected, over and over is a learned skill. We're not born with emotional armor, but we develop it because the writing is more important. We make a conscious decision to prioritize our aspirations above our emotional comfort.
Originally Published at StuffWritersLike
Most of us write with the intention of being read. That’s not always the primary goal. Perhaps we want to simply write the stories burning inside us. Perhaps writing is cathartic or even (dare I say) fun. But in our core, we are storytellers. We want to reach humanity with our words. And to do that, we’ve got to find a way to put our words and stories in front of those who will read them and be moved by them.
Thankfully, we live in an age of constant communication. The Internet provides infinite outlets to reach potential readers. But it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of websites and forums. It’s best to focus our attention on a few effective tools to meet and engage readers, remembering that the goal isn’t to reach as many people as possible, but to get to know people and to earn their trust through honest engagement. No one will take the time to read your writing if they don’t trust that you have something to say. [Click to Tweet]
Here’s the deal. I don’t like placing random ads on my site. I don’t think it’s fair to you, and if you take a glance around, you’ll see I don’t do it.
What I do like is supporting the writing community.
(Without Being an Ass)
We want people to read our writing—our books, our stories, our blog posts. Making that happen involves putting our stuff out there and telling people, “Hey! Look, this is good. You should read this.”
It’s simple and necessary, but we’ve all seen that person—online or in real life—who promotes him/herself and comes off like a complete and total ass.
When the majority of a person’s communication involves self-promotion, we begin asking questions like “What’s so special about that persons’s stuff?” and “Do they ever talk about anyone but themselves?”
That is not the kind of attention you want.
But we have to talk about ourselves and our stuff. We have to brag about it. Why would a stranger want to read your writing if you don’t speak positively about it?
I think the most-asked question I get is, “Where do I submit my stuff?”
In a world where hooking an agent is somewhat akin to chasing down the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, publishing short stories is a great career (and ego) boost for a writer.
Duotrope currently lists nearly 6,000 fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets. And that does not include the plethora of writing contest and anthologies. There are so many opportunities to get published. Not knowing where to submit should never hold you back. [Click to Tweet]
So with that said, here is a list of regularly updated newsletters, lists, and databases to help you find homes for your work.
A few more updates...
Please welcome Jacklynn M Desmond! Her story will be published alongside my own ("Bottom of the River") in A Journey of Words, a short story anthology featuring talented writers from all over the globe. The anthology will be available in paperback next month and is currently available in eBook format from Scout Media.
To reserve a signed copy, pre-order here or email me with the subject line "AJOW Pre-Order."
Please check out Jacklynn's Facebook page, and follow her writing journey!
Originally published at The Oxford Editors
Nobody likes rejection. Nobody approaches a crush and thinks, I really hope they shoot me down! It’s tough to put yourself on the line, and that’s exactly what you’re doing every time you submit your writing. Your work is a piece of you, and having your writing rejected often feels like being rejected as a person—like being told, You’re not good enough. So how do you deal with that? It’s extremely difficult, especially in an industry often approached by insiders and outsiders as a pipe dream. Wow, you really think you can be published someday? Good luck!
As a writer, rejection and failure are not possibilities—they are absolute certainties. And how you deal with them will make or break your career. Here are some tips for facing rejection and using it to drive your success!