Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

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

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Keep smiling!

The market for short stories seems to be endlessly shrinking. And when you've received rejection after rejection from the markets still clinging on, it's easy to consider throwing in the towel. So what can you do to maximise your chances of having a short story published?

* Keep writing. This is probably the most important thing you can do. By writing you are practising your creative skills which means you will get better at it.

* Keep researching. Magazines change over time - as does their tastes for different styles of stories. That story they rejected that you subbed to them a couple of years ago might now be just what they're after. So keep reading those magazines to get a flavour of what is in vogue at the moment.

*Keep subbing. I know it's hard when all of your previously subbed stories have been rejected. You can end up with a complex! But don't take the rejections personally and keep sending your work off. If you give up you might never know if your next story would have been the one to break through.

*Keep Learning. It's no good writing in the same way and subbing the same old story. In order to grow as a writer you need to acknowledge where you might be going wrong - be honest now - and move forward.

*Keep smiling. If you don't enjoy your writing, what's the point in doing it?!

Happy writing         
Julie xx


Wendy's Writing said...

Good advice,Julie. Although I would agree with studying your market, I would also add 'be true to yourself'when you are writing. The stories I have sold haven't necessarily been like the other ones in the magazines.

susanjanejones said...

Great advice Julie. The People's Friend stories are changing slightly. Also true, we must improve otherwise we'd be wasting time. Sometimes when a story comes back to me and I read it through, I see why it wasn't accepted myself. I once had a child escape from a tour group and get drunk down the cellar. I even sent that to P.F. It's a story I like though, so I'm going to edit it and enter a comp. with it.

Nari said...

Great advice, Julie, thanks! It is the most important thing to remember - to smile and remember why you enjoy writing.

Nari X

Julie P said...

Absolutely, Wendy.

You never quite know what will take an editor's fancy so it's good to write outside of the box - you never know!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

It's so hard to see sometimes why a story has been rejected isn't it Susan. Yes sometimes you can see exactly what went wrong, but we have to keep going!

Julie xx

Julie P said...

Keep smiling, Nari!

Julie xx