10 Tips to Help You Publish Your Short Stories

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Do you want to see your short story get published? There is much more to it than just sending in submissions to magazines. To help you see your writing in print (or online) Skills Academy have put together 10 of the BEST tips you will ever get to help you publish your short stories.

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  • Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories
  • Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories But you just cant seem to get them published
  • Maybe you have a whole folder full of short stories But you just cant seem to get them published To help you do just that, weve put together 10 of the BEST TIPS you will ever get for publishing your short story
  • 1.1. Write aWrite a good covergood cover letter whenletter when submittingsubmitting your storyyour story
  • Your cover letter is the first impression you make on the editor
  • Your cover letter is the first impression you make on the editor So make sure that you are successfully selling yourself and your story
  • What to write: A short introduction of yourself. A summary of your publication history And then a single paragraph on your story (this should be a pitch, not a synopsis!)
  • 2.2. Dont justDont just submitsubmit anyany story tostory to anyany publicationpublication
  • It is crucial that you research and read the magazine or journal you want to submit to beforehand
  • It is crucial that you research and read the magazine or journal you want to submit to beforehand Make sure your story fits the tone, style, and genre of the publication otherwise you wont get published
  • If you are too lazy to do publication research yourself, you can subscribe to Duotrope.com We have gathered millions of points of data on the publications that we list. All this information is compiled into useful reports that help you make smart decisions Duotrope
  • 3.3. Look forLook for onlineonline magazines magazines not just printnot just print publicationspublications
  • In todays digital world, online magazines have become just as well- respected as print magazines
  • In todays digital world, online magazines have become just as well- respected as print magazines Whats more: There are far more online magazines out there, and its easier to get published in them
  • You can also think about starting to write for blogs as a way of building your reputation and experience a bit This is something you can mention in your cover letter
  • 4.4. Show yourShow your stories tostories to friends,friends, colleagues,colleagues, and peopleand people whose opinionswhose opinions you trustyou trust
  • Sure, you might feel too shy to let anyone read your story. But in the end you want to submit the best story you possibly can
  • Sure, you might feel too shy to let anyone read your story. But in the end you want to submit the best story you possibly can So get over yourself and let people read and critique what you wrote!
  • If you are still too shy about your work, join an online writers community like www.writerscafe.org Here you can post your work and get reviews and advice from thousands of other writers
  • 5.5. ConsiderConsider enteringentering writingwriting competitionscompetitions as wellas well
  • A great alternative to getting your short story published in a magazine is to win a short story competition
  • A great alternative to getting your short story published in a magazine is to win a short story competition There are countless competitions out there just do a simple Google search to find them
  • Here are some of the biggest writing competitions out there: Commonwealth Short Story Prize Global Short Story Competition Bristol Short Story Competition Tom Howard/John H. Reid Contest Fiction Desks Ghost Story Competition Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
  • 6.6. BeBe innovativeinnovative andand interestinginteresting
  • Maybe you are a good writer. But every editor reads thousands of well-written short stories every month
  • Maybe you are a good writer. But every editor reads thousands of well-written short stories every month Write stories that are innovative, engaging and that will stay with the reader long after theyve moved on
  • Read your story before submitting it and ask yourself: Is this captivating and interesting enough to stand out from other equally well-written stories?
  • 7.7. Read theRead the submissionsubmission guidelinesguidelines and followand follow them to thethem to the letterletter
  • Editors throw out submissions merely because they dont follow simple submission guidelines or format
  • Editors throw out submissions merely because they dont follow simple submission guidelines or format If you were too lazy to follow the guidelines why should an editor waste time reading your story?
  • If you cant find a specific magazines guidelines online, simply send an e-mail to the magazine or journal and ask for it
  • 8.8. MoneyMoney comescomes second!second!
  • Sure, you want to start making money from your writing, but it is more important to get published and start building a reputation
  • Sure, you want to start making money from your writing, but it is more important to get published and start building a reputation Money comes later. If you keep it up, it will come
  • Yes, Ive made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it I have written because it fulfilled me I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing - Stephen King
  • 9.9. KeepKeep working working keep tryingkeep trying
  • If your story gets rejected, go back and rewrite it, or write something else something better
  • If your story gets rejected, go back and rewrite it, or write something else something better It might take a while before you perfect your style, but the only way to do it is to practice
  • A professional writer is an amateur who didnt quit - Richard Bach
  • 10.10. DontDont ever fearever fear rejectionrejection
  • Maybe you will only get 1 in 10 stories published maybe less. This is normal, so dont stress about it
  • Maybe you will only get 1 in 10 stories published maybe less. This is normal, so dont stress about it Just keep submitting stories. Submit as much as you can!
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was rejected 12 times before J.K. Rowling found a company that wanted to publish her book
  • Bonus Tip:Bonus Tip: If you wantIf you want to learn howto learn how to writeto write betterbetter
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