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Where to sell a story: Editor's Notes #200
December 15, 2015
Hello,

Graze in other people's pastures, but give your own milk.
--J. Vernon McGee


In this issue:

1. Where to sell your story
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. Letter to the editor

1. Where to sell your story
Most people who read Editor's Notes want to publish a book. That is more likely when you can point to successful publication elsewhere. The most common place to start publishing is still in magazines and journals.

The sheer number of magazines is shocking -- in a good way. The more narrow the topic covered by the magazine, the more likely you are to sell something, as long as you target your pitch carefully. Here are some places to find magazines:
  • magazine stands (obvious, I know, but how often do you scan these as potential markets?)
  • racks in stores
  • specialty shops
  • recycling depots (some even allow those dropping off recyling to leave magazines out where others can come to pick them up)
  • waiting rooms (I found the photographer I needed for a book while waiting for the dentist.)
  • libraries
  • specialized Web sites


The next issue addresses how to sell your story.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
From a church bulletin:
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

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3. Interesting Web site
The link below opens the world of Canadian magazines. For those from other countries, I suggest you do an Internet search for magazine publishers in your jurisdiction. Or you can simply write for Canadian magazines. As a Canadian, I wrote first for an American magazine.
http://www.magazinescanada.ca/uploads/File/files/retailCatalogue.pdf

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4. Writing prompt
Following on the prompt from the last issue, use a story or just a phrase or a graphic from your local newspaper as a basis for a whole story or part of something you are already working on.

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5. Letter to the editor
Hello Ms. Owen.

I just want to add to these ideas that I have been lately finding good stuff in online rants-

American politics websites or magazine websites where there are intelligent discussions. Liberal or conservative does not matter; both sides have excellent rants by well-spoken and impassioned participants.

Also, facebook posts. (But this requires extra sensitivity.)

I wrote an excellent heartbreak song, the lyrics based on a Facebook post by an acquaintance who was missing his wife. He gave me permission to use his words in my lyrics.

I write fiction, so this stuff is gold for me!

I appreciate your newsletter!
Thanks a lot and bye for now.

Les Smith

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