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Discussion in 'Publishing' started by SmokeScribe98, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. SmokeScribe98

    SmokeScribe98 Minstrel

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    I've been away from writing for a good few months now but I've set it as my resolution this year to get back on track. I first want to polish up my already existing short story and attempt to publish it somewhere and then depending on how that goes start my larger project of creating a fantasy world which I intend to create a wiki page on that I will develop over the course of time.

    I have heard of sites such as lulu, but other than that I have an extremely limited knowledge of how publishing works at all. So I ask for some guidance on where I should turn to and what I should do. Any help or assistance you can offer me would be extremely helpful. Grazzie.
     
  2. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

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    Good questions, but this post probably belongs in the Publishing forum, down below.
     
  3. SmokeScribe98

    SmokeScribe98 Minstrel

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    Oh sorry, thanks for moving it.
     
  4. AnneL

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    Worlds Without End has a pretty comprehensive list of SFF mags: https://www.worldswithoutend.com/resources_magazines.asp.

    An EXCELLENT site for people to learn how the industry works and avoid getting screwed is Writer Beware: WRITER BEWARE® | SFWA.

    Submit to agents/editors who publish what you like. Don't worry about comparing your style or specific content, target your submissions to people whose taste in reading is similar to yours.
     
  5. TWErvin2

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    To supplement what AnneL said above:

    You can also find markets for your short story or stories and long fiction (but not agents, just publishers) at: Ralan.com .
     
  6. SmokeScribe98

    SmokeScribe98 Minstrel

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    What I'm wondering is, what's the best and easiest way for me to present the short story to the largest amount of people? On lulu, in a magazine, or some other means?
     
  7. Motley

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    Getting a story published in a magazine or emag with a large reader base is probably the best way. If you self-publish, how many people it gets in front of will be entirely up to your marketing efforts.
     
  8. danr62

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    A recommendation I hear often is to submit short stories to paying markets. Then, when the rights revert after a few months (usually) or if no one buys the rights after you'be shopped them around a bit, you can self publish a collection of stories on Kindle.
     
  9. SmokeScribe98

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    I've also been wondering if entering it in as a competition entry might also be a good idea?
     
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