Acceptances seem like buses – you go for ages without any and then several come along at once.
Over the last few months I’ve been submitting stuff into a big black hole with every editor ignoring me. However, patience and perseverance has paid off and in the last couple of weeks I’ve had a handful of positive responses. So I’m feeling good!
Articles have been easier to place than fiction (not surprising when you think how many more markets there are for features compared to short stories) and the turnaround is quicker too.
These are the publications that have recently accepted my work – they’re wide open to all writers so why not give them a go?
- The Weekly News – I have a short story in the April 9th issue (in the shops now!) and have previously posted here about writing for them.
- Writers Forum
- Freelance Market News – this is available on subscription only and comes from the Writers’ Bureau stable
- Work Your Way – this is a brand new magazine aimed at entrepreneurial mums (incidentally I found this market through a lead in Writing Magazine).
#1 by Helen Yendall on April 11, 2011 - 12:11 pm
Good for you, Sally! You’re right – it’s all about perseverance! You’ve just got to keep plugging away and eventually it’ll come right for you. It’s hard work though, isn’t it? Still, the acceptances make it worth while – and, as my writing buddy, you are inspiring me with your success!! (Sorry, that sounded a bit ‘cheesier’ than it was supposed to!)
#2 by shirley stow on April 11, 2011 - 1:27 pm
I enjoyed your story in the Weekly News – couldn’t have guessed the twist at the end. That is the clever bit when writing fiction. So glad you are sharing and encouraging would be writers.
#3 by Patsy Collins on April 11, 2011 - 5:27 pm
Congratulations, Sally. Persistence pays!
#4 by Sally Jenkins on April 11, 2011 - 7:21 pm
Many thanks to you all for your kind words – now back to the keyboard to get some more work out there!
#5 by Elizabeth on April 12, 2011 - 10:40 am
Well done Sally.
Keep your blogs coming via e-mail. I really do look forward to receovong them.
#6 by Annie on April 12, 2011 - 12:06 pm
Thank you for all the useful information you pass our way, it is most inspiring and helpful. Congratulations on your recent successes.
#7 by Sally Jenkins on April 12, 2011 - 1:29 pm
Annie & Elizabeth – I’m really glad that you enjoy receiving the email updates.
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#8 by Kate Kyle on April 13, 2011 - 9:58 am
brilliant news Sally 🙂
Congratulations and keep your creative juices going
#9 by Susan Jones on April 13, 2011 - 6:32 pm
Well done Sally, you have inspired me to write and send out more stories and articles. I need to go back and have a look at those names through the ages you posted about a while back. Thanks.
#10 by Sally Jenkins on April 13, 2011 - 7:47 pm
Susan & Kate – I’m beginning to get big headed with all these nice comments! Good Luck to you both with your submissions and Susan – I hope you find some inspiration for interesting characters in the list of names.