This morning while hubby took his shower, I stayed in bed for a few extra minutes and while in that half asleep phase I had a thought that sorta woke me up. And not in a very good way.
I've heard it said many times that getting published is a numbers game. The more you send out the more chance you have to get something published. And that's true. You can't get published if no one sees your work.
But here's what came to me this morning.
There's this well known magazine I'd love to have a story in. It comes out monthly and has about 15 stories in each issue. That means they need about 180 stories for the entire year. Thing is...every writer in this magazine's genre wants in so sends them stories.
Let's say they get 100 submissions a month for 1,200 a year. But they only need 180!
What if they get 200 submissions a month? That's 2,400 a year. Again, they only need 180.
Let's take it up a notch, 500 submissions a month for 6,000 a year. They still only need 180 though.
The numbers are kinda staggering and don't really give much hope. But, there are things we can do to better our chances of getting one of those 180 slots. (Or any other magazine.)
1. Study their publication. Read back issues. See what type of stories they like to publish.
2. Write the best story we can and polish it until it gleams. (This means learning our craft and practicing.)
3. Follow submission guidelines. (Yes, basic info we should know but sometimes we need to be reminded.)
4. Hope for the best, expect the worst. Meaning, have another market in mind in case of rejection.
5. Realize there are a lot of stories competing with yours. Just because it's rejected doesn't mean your story is bad. It just means it wasn't what the editor was looking for at that time.
6. Never give up. Keep writing, keep submitting.