Julie's Quest

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Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Saturday, 11 June 2011

K is for Keeping The Faith

Nothing unsettles a writer more that hearing whispers along the grapevine that this or that market is, or has folded. If that particular market is a good source of income for a writer, what is the writer to do when it's gone? But in someways it can be more frustrating for the writer who has tried to get into that market but failed as the opportunity and challenge is pulled from under them. They may feel a though they've been wasting their time? Losing markets also puts the pressure on because it forces more writers to move to those markets that are left and the competition increases. Is it then harder for new writers to get a foothold? And do more established writers find themselves losing sales because the competition has suddenly heated up? I've considered giving up myself on several occasions!

This is why keeping the faith is important. It's easy, now that the cuts are biting and everyone is feeling the bite, magazines are going under or restricting their submissions to existing contributors or doing it in-house, to feel it's not worth the effort to even try submitting. I've certainly found myself thinking this over recent months. But I still believe that it is worth trying. While there are still markets out there taking short stories, there are still opportunities for our short stories to be published! Consider overseas as a potential market and some of the smaller magazines - think laterally.

It's not all doom and gloom, so keep going and remember:

Yes, there are many, many, many other equally experienced and competent writers as you, more experienced writers than you and writers just starting out, all vying for that all important sale/publication but keep this in the back of the mind: Out of all those writers WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE YOU who gets published? Perhaps writing a pros and cons list and answering that question you can come up with a plan that improves your chances. You are an individual with unique life experiences and that is your unique selling point that only you can bring to the table.

Good luck!

Julie xx


Pat Posner said...

Woman magazine has a 'new' look. There's a facebook page where you can leave a comment. The new look doesn't include fiction - though, many years ago, Woman used to have short stories.
I've commented saying I'd love to see the return of fiction. Be good to get a lot of comments agreeing!


Julie P said...

Hi, Pat

I know Woman mag haven't had fiction for a long time so I don't know what the chances would be of them reintroducing it. Probably quite low I'd think - all these mags seem interested in these days are celebrities and reality shows!

Might be worth testing the water, though!

Julie xx

suzy doodling said...

Hi Julie,
Great post and love the new blog design.

Julie P said...

Hi, Suzy

Thanks! How's it going?

Julie xx

Diane Fordham said...

Hi Julie, might be worth trying by contacting magazines that have dropped the short story and letting them know we miss reading the fiction in their mag. As you've said in your post it's getting tough and competition is always fierce at the best of times. I've got some facebook links on my blog and have left comments for both Australian and UK mags that I know of (thanks to Pat) who have stopped publishing fiction. Imagine what might happen if lots of us do the same! And if nothing happens, you know what, at least we tried. :-)

Julie P said...

I think the magazines might get a wee bit suspicious, Diane, if all these writers suddenly start e-mailing them asking for the return of their fiction slots! They'll certainly know some of the names of those who submit regularly to them. But it's worth a try.

What we need is to set up our own facebook page and get the support of the general public behind it - see what happens then!

Julie xx