Issue #122

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May 2013  



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New magazine and publisher listings

A selection of the new publisher and magazine listings added to the databases in May:

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult

Publishes short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Electronic approaches only. Send short query via webform on website, or send complete ms with covering letter by email. See website for full details. 


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New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts;
Areas include: Drama; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

For poetry send up to three poems, up to ten pages in length. Fiction, nonfiction, and scripts should be less than 5,000 words. 2,000-4,000 is more normal. Accepts submissions by post, but prefers electronic submissions. 


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts;
Areas include: Adventure; Arts; Crime; Drama; Fantasy; Gothic; Historical; Horror; Humour; Literature; Mystery; Photography; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Theatre; Thrillers; Westerns;
Markets: Adult

A biannual literary magazine produced by students. Since 1959, the magazine has been publishing poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and artwork by the university's students but now has opened its doors to submissions from anyone, anywhere, and has moved online to facilitate the transition.  


New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Erotic; Fantasy; New Age; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Send query by email with 2-4 pages synopsis, author bio, and first three chapters as .DOC or .RTF attachments.  



New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Erotic; Fantasy; Historical; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Westerns;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Publisher of erotic romance ebooks, which are occasionally also released in print. Send query by email with synopsis and first three chapters as RTF attachments only (no .doc files or submissions in the body of the email). See website for full guidelines.  


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes literary short stories, essays and interviews by established and emerging writers. Makes a special effort to present and promote writers from Southern California. Include SASE with submissions.  


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories; Translations;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry and literary fiction and nonfiction. Accepts submissions between September 1 and May 15 each year. Submit one story or essay, or 3-5 poems by post only with SASE. No genre fiction (science fiction, etc.) or light verse. See website for full submission guidelines.  


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Articles from around the web this month

Writing Workshops: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Are you coming with the secret belief that you will be the one "perfect nothing-needs-changing" writer? They will be astonished by my piece! Not going to happen my friend. Not to you. Not to me. Are you coming with the secret belief that you will be the one "perfect nothing-needs-changing" writer? They will be astonished by my piece! Not going to happen my friend. Not to you. Not to me.

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Literary agent re-opens to submissions on May 20, 2013

Handles: Fiction;
Areas: Historical; Romance; Suspense; Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult;
Treatments: Contemporary; Traditional

ONLY focuses on traditional romance and traditional women's fiction.

Opens to submissions on May 20, 2013.

"We only focus on Romance Writers in the following sub-genres: Contemporary, Mainstream Paranormal/Time Travel, Regency, Historical, Inspirational, Romantic Suspense. Send query by email or through submission form on website. Only considers writers with completed manuscript ready for publication. No Fantasy, Single Title Inspirational, YA or Middle Grade, Picture Books, Memoirs, Biographies, Erotica, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Screenplays, Poetry, Authors interested in only e-publishing or self-publishing, or Works that have already been published."

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 Writing Tips: What To Do When A Literary Agent Asks For An Exclusive

If you’ve sent your query to a handful of literary agents and one comes back asking you for an exclusive, don’t get nervous!

So, what exactly is an exclusive? If you’ve sent your query to a literary agent and he or she asks for an exclusive, it just means that the agent wants a chance to review your manuscript before anyone else can see it. It’s a good thing, and it puts you in a great position.

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Wendy Meddour's top tips for writing funny fiction

"Funny is the future" advises Wendy Meddour, author of Wendy Quill is a Crocodile's Bottom, as she shares her top tips for writing silliness that makes readers roll with laughter.

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Elif Shafak's rules for writing

Novelist Elif Shafak urges authors to write the book they want to read and to cut their work mercilessly. 

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My writing life, in a nutshell
By Marcella Simmons

I started writing back in the late 80s when all my children were young. During that time, after a terrible break-up and divorce, this momma had to go to work and hold down two paying jobs and raise six kids on my income alone with little or no help from ex or any from the state. It was hard, especially since I had never worked outside the home before. On weekends, if the kids were at their dad's or at a friends house, I'd find time to sit down and write an article or two along the way.

I did manage to write in my journal every day in spite of my full schedule. My published credits fell by the wayside and editors soon forgot who I was over time. Publications that I often wrote for folded or new editors took the place of familiar ones and it wasn't easy getting published any more, not even in the non-paying markets that used to love all my ideas.

Back in 2002, when my youngest turned eighteen, I remarried, yet continued running my own advertising business until last year. My middle daughter gave birth to a little angel and six weeks later gave him up, so I took him in like any typical grandmother would. And he's been here ever since. Now, at eighteen months old, he has taught me so many new things and he has given me the opportunity to write for parenting magazines like I never did before earlier in my career.

When my children were younger, I could have written for parenting magazines that paid well but I had to work two jobs, remember? There was no time for writing, though I wish there had been. Looking back, I see the opportunities my children afforded me – the ideas were endless – but I let them pass me by.

This time around, this writer is finding time to write for parenting magazines, and any other magazine that wishes to publish my work.

Even though I now have a baby to care for once again, and a part time online business to run, my writing has took on a new meaning for me, and I wish to pursue it until it becomes the paying career it could have been years ago.

Don't let life troubles and turmoil keep you from writing. Don't waste away a lot of good writing years like I did. Find a few minutes of every day and write – if you have an idea for a good story, write it. Put it on paper before it too becomes just an idle memory of yesterday. By writing it down, it becomes an essential part of some story or article later on down the road.

I let a lot of years go to waste even though I thought I had to. But that was just raw excuses because work and making money was more important back then. But I had a family to care for and raise with very little help from anyone, and I grew tired very easy. I do now too because I am older and starting again raising children wasn't in my future plans. But now that the baby is here, I just have much more to write about and more time at home to do just that.

Writers, it's time to start writing and getting published – the future is here – it is now. Make it happen! Start writing that best selling article or book you planned to write years ago.

Good luck in all your writing endeavours! See you at the publishing house!

About the Author
Marcella has been writing professionally since 1988 – with over 700 published credits in over 300 small press publications nationwide, including several local newspapers, she continues writing for several publications and websites such as this one. In 2005, her first book of poetry entitled
Bittersweet Morsels, was published.

Marcella is working on several romantic suspense book projects at this time. "Writing is a way of life for me. I couldn't imagine 'not' writing. One of my many passions is writing for children – some of my stories appeared in Primary Treasure, Christian Educator, The Vision and many others," Marcella said. "In 1991, I graduated from THE INSTITUTE OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: Writing for Children and Teens; WRITER'S DIGEST SCHOOL: Nonfiction Writing; and ICS School of Short Story/Journalism," she continued. "I enjoy writing and teaching others how to write".

Marcella leads the Toledo Bend American Christian Writers group in Logansport. She also publishes a magazine for writers called The Writer's Monthly Review. Marcella is a member of the American Christian Writers ACW, Shreveport Writer's Group and the Attoyac Writers’ Guild in Center, Texas.


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