Write On! Wednesday Back to Blog

My apologies for not getting this post up sooner. :-(

Today, I want to talk about different publishing opportunities that are out there.  When I started to write, the first story I sold was to Chicken Soup For the Soul.  I didn’t want to throw myself into the deep end of the writing pool with a 80,000+ story right away (80,000 words can be pretty intimidating).  So, I started short. (Or, rather, with a shorter word count.)

Writing short stories can be a great way to build writing your resume–and the more you build that resume, the more confidence you’ll gain in  your writing. And there are LOTS of short story markets out there.  I’ve always enjoyed the Chicken Soup books, so I tried my hand at those tales first.  The Chicken Soup folks are always looking for stories; here–check out this list of upcoming titles from them.   You could also try writing for Cup of Comfort.

And, hey, don’t forget the magazine market! There are so many great magazines out there–and those magazines are looking for writers.  The next time you’re in the bookstore, take a glance at the magazine racks. Consider those magazines as your publishing options.

Selling short stories or articles can definitely be a great way to break into the publishing industry.  So, go ahead, test those publishing waters. If you want to write, give it a try.  You don’t have to start with a full-length novel.  Why not start with a smaller word count?

Good luck!

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3 responses to “Write On! Wednesday”

  1. Edie says:

    In the 90s, I sold short stories to print magazines. That might be a bit harder now. I don’t know if the magazines are still around. I think there are more e-magazines, but I’m not sure what they pay.

  2. Sherry says:

    Good advice, Cindy

  3. Great ideas, Cindy! I especially like your take on writing short, since I seem to be most comfortable with that right now. :)