Sunday, January 9, 2011

Short Stories and a Writer's Platform...

Happy Sunday, fellow bloggers and lovely friends!  Hope all is well in your respective necks of the woods?  Yes?  Good.  :)

So, I got a subscription offer for The New Yorker the other day. 

Now, I'll be honest (don't cringe too much) and say that the most I know about the The New Yorker is that it's a magazine (ha!), it's been around for a while (1925-ish, right?), and that it's kind of a boon to any writer's career to get their fiction published in it (ummm - you meant "jackpot!" right?). 

So, I'm submitting my latest short story to them today and expect you'll all see me in print in a month or two..........HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Yeah, point is - while I'm quite a ways away from EVER having my work published in this landmark magazine (idk, it could happen eventually, right?), I think we've all heard that getting short stories published in reputable magazines, e-zines, anthologies, etc. is an extra bonus to add to a query letter and get you noticed by an agent.  It's part of your "writing platform" - the more you have here, the better.  Of course, as bloggers, we're already in the game here.  More and more - "on-line" presence is topping the list of things to have in this "writing platform".  But, publishing short stories could possibly be a good stepping stone to getting your novel noticed and ultimately published, too.  It can only help, of course, to also READ the stories that make it in to The New Yorker and into other writery type mags.


I'll admit again that I haven't too much experience looking into this area of publishing, but one or two mags out there that have helped me out or that I've considered submitting to are:

1. Writer's Digest.  I know you've all heard of this one.  Jam-packed with advice, writing and publishing interviews, contests, etc.  *AND CHECK THIS OUT - they're hosting a webinar with agent Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency AND participants will get to submit their first 3 pages for Sara to read AND comment on!!  How cool is that?  Click "here" to find the registration page - this Thursday, 1/13 @ 1pm EST.

2. Glimmer Train.  This is another fiction magazine that focuses on short stories.  They have contests specifically for debut authors, but you're welcome to submit to them anytime.

Ummm...yeah.  There's only two suggestions from me (sorry).  But, please share some magazine/short story collection ideas of your own!  And I think I might just get that subscription to The New Yorker after all ($29.95 for a year and I get a free bag!!!).  Happy Writing ~ :) 


Danette said...

Well... before you jump on The New Yorker band wagon you might check out Talei's blog posting about The New Yorker at
Just something to think about! :)
Have a nice day!!!

Talei said...

Hi Donea, thanks for stopping by. ;) Good luck with your submission! Very timely methinks. I do love short stories, most of the collections I buy are at the bookstores.

Jemi Fraser said...

I never write short stories - but I often think I should :)

Ellie said...

Good luck with your submissions!

Personally, I've only submitted two stories to magazines and one of them was published. Whilst I did see it as a major achievement (I got paid!), it taught me I did not want to write for the womans fiction market, especially as the editor did make a few changes. But I do love to write short stories and would recommend you try submitting to some small press anthologies as well. Whilst you probably will not get paid, they are good for exposure.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss donea! i didnt ever send a shourt story to a magazine but im thinking i could to a kid one some day. i hope you get good luck on doing it.
...hugs from lenny

Talli Roland said...

I love writing short stories, but I've never had one published. Good luck with your quest! I certainly think anything published is a massive boost.

Carol Riggs said...

No, I've never written many short stories. A few. Never published any; I usually concentrate on YA novels. Good luck if you try!

Thanks again for passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to me. I've linked back to you on my post today. :)

Lindz said...

I really dig your blog, and it's always great to stumble across another CO native. I didn't know about the PPWC going on In April, I might have to check that out. Anyway, I have an award for you over at my blog. Can't wait to keep readin' your stuff!