(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 12 December 2014.)
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, in its many re-incarnations, has been a paying market for several years now and I am still baffled by how many writers do not read and follow the submission guidelines; or how many do not familiarize themselves with the kinds of stories that are published in the magazine. This state of affairs is not unusual. Other editors go through the same thing.
If you are a new writer, it is always wise to read and follow the submission guidelines and to familiarize yourself with the stories of the magazine you plan to submit work to; because you only get one chance to make a good first impression.
And remember, we editors are flawed human beings just like everyone else. We publish what we like, especially if we’re paying money for it no matter how little money it may be. So, not only does a writer have to be good, but that writer also has to be lucky. That’s just the way it is. That’s the way it has always been. What an editor decides to publish can be very subjective. I must have gotten rejection notices for ten years before I finally got published. Then I submitted stories for several more years before I started getting published and paid. I know what I’m talking about when it comes to rejection. And no one ever told me why my stories were being rejected. That’s just the way it was. I had to deal with it.
Well, now I publish other writers. I’m proud of the stories of female bondage and submission that are published in this magazine. Bondage and submission are trending. That doesn’t mean I want to published another story about bondage and submission no matter how good it is. That’s just me…
Now in two months I might want to feature a bondage and submission story on the front page. It’s just the nature of editing. Things change just like in real life.
So, if you are a new writer, keep these three tips in mind whenever you submit your work to anybody, not just me.
- You May Only Get One Chance To Make A Good First Impression
- Familiarize Yourself With The Publication
- Realize That You Have To Be Good And Lucky
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