Thursday, January 14, 2016

6 months and no posts and then two in as many days?

I found a great resource for young and old writers alike. It's a non-profit database called The Grinder. It's a site that has over 4200 markets to get your work published.  It's free, so therefore limited in its search features, but it's FREE!

After I've written a story that I think is worthy of publishing, I've gone through the arduous hours of submission.  Just like every other writer. This process is as much like driving nails through your skull as it is to anything else.

I, like most writers, know nothing about the publishing world. Most of us don't even know where to start. Heck, I'll bet most are like me and aren't sure what genre their stories should be categorized in.

Well, Grinder will not remove all the headaches associated with publishing, but it does streamline the process quite nicely.

I'll bet many of you reading this have gone to a literary journal and spent ten to twenty minutes trying to figure out how to submit your story for consideration.  I know I have done this more times than I'd care to admit. Whoever designed some of these journal's websites by the way should be looking for a new career.

Well, Grinder has links to the website's submission guidelines page.

Helpful right?

Yeah, I thought so too.

Grinder's advanced search feature, allows you to modify a search by: Genre, Story Subject, Snailmail/electronic, Story style, Length, and Minimum Pay Scale.

Which really helps narrow down your search.

Some of the sub-categories weren't as helpful as I'd have liked, but hey, IT WAS FREE!

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