There are many challenges to being an emerging author, but a big one for me has been to find the information I need about how to do practical things like submit a story, create a website, find someone to review a book, etc. As I learn these things, they become easier and easier and, hopefully, the connections and networks I create start building their own momentum.
I want to share my research and experience with other emerging authors – and solicit other’s ideas. We can make it a little easier for each other by sharing information and resources.
The first item in my Resource Kit is where to submit short fiction.
So you have finished a short story, passed it around to your friends and writing group, polished it, proofread it, and now you’re ready to start submitting it.
The main resource that I use is The (Submission) Grinder. This tool allows you to enter information about your story, search markets based on various criteria (mine alway starts with “fantasy,” and then gives you a method of tracking your submissions. It is very similar to Duotrope which is where I started tracking submissions, but Duotrope now charges for use. I have no issue with them wanting to make money for their service, but as an emerging writer with barely any writing income, I don’t have the money to spend on a paid submission tracker.
I also keep a spreadsheet of my submissions, which has proved useful as a back up. (Sometimes I forget to log something in one or another place, and once The (Submission) Grinder lost a couple days of data during an update, but it was easy for me to re-check my entries.)
I also check the blog Angie’s Desk for her monthly Anthology Market posts. Here is the one for May 2017. So far, all these anthologies have appeared in The (Submission) Grinder, but I don’t search new markets enough there, to be sure I’ve captured them all.
Anyone else have methods or suggestions for finding and tracking submissions?