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Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:03 pm
Firestarter says...



Well, I thought, since I've never had anything published, and since I (probably mistakingly) assume someone else will care about it, I made this thread to chart my attempts to finally get something written by me in some sort of publication.

The only history I have thus far is a poem I sent off to around three magazines; I received two rejection e-mails (one was very nice actually, helped me a lot) and the other magazine never got back to me. I wasn't that fond of the poem, but I just wanted to poke my toes in the proverbial publishing water.

So my aim over the next few months is to write either short stories or poetry, submit them, and get at least one published.

Although Greenjackets was the story I just wrote, it probably won't get submitted for the reason that it's pretty much a rip-off of Sharpe (by Bernard Cornwell). Not exactly, but heavily influenced by. Maybe if I edited it a lot. Maybe. Besides, there's not that many magazines around that publish historical fiction (using the link I always steal off Sureal, duotrope.com).

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Greenjackets -- The Rambler -- Rejected -- Sent 22/01/06
Last edited by Firestarter on Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:28 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:27 pm
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Wow, you have a busy writing future. Theres nothing nicer than seeing your story in a magasine (well I assume there isnt, I have never been sucessful).
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:45 pm
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Best of luck!
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:52 pm
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heehee, I have to read that when I have time, Jacko.

Oh, and to start Jacko, maybe look for some local publications to start with, and then work up to big publications? That's what I've been doing, anyway. It works, too!

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Sun Jan 14, 2007 4:41 pm
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Thanks for the tips, Bek. I've had three poems published in local anthologies, but I don't really count them because pretty much everyone who enters gets published, and so there's not much failure rate.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:03 pm
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Well publishing is publishing - Well done anyway.
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:15 pm
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Hehehe! But local stuff does count! Though... hmmm... did you get any money off of it? ;)

When writing queries, make references to the local stuff. Yeah, it's not much but it IS something! :D
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Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:45 pm
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True, true. The last one was about four years ago, though, so I tend to forgot it ever happened from time to time.

I got no money, no; it was a school-run thing, and we just ran the poems by our teacher and she selected the best ones and they were all put into a local anthology of some other schools. That happened in three seperate years.

That's a very good point about putting it in queries though, Snoinkus, I'll have to remember that.

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Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:04 am
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Although Greenjackets was the story I just wrote, it probably won't get submitted for the reason that it's pretty much a rip-off of Sharpe (by Bernard Cornwell).


I love Sharpe and I've still got to read Greenjackets.

Good luck with getting anything published.
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Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:47 pm
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I submitted Greenjackets to The Rambler, or The Village Rambler, whatever they tend to call themselves (it varies, seemingly). *waits for rejection*
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Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:59 pm
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Good luck with it, Jack. I still need to read it but I'm a little lazy this week.
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Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:23 pm
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Good luck :).

Although you chose a hard market to get into. Duotrope gives them 4.8% success rate, based on 21 one reports.

But still, you're a good writer, so hopefully you'll get in ^_^.
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Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:26 pm
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Yeah. I know it'll be hard to get in to. However, if I fail, I'll go for "easier" places. May as well try the hard places first, right?
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Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:31 pm
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Ah, but that's the brave way of publishing.

Me? I did it the cowards way, sending my work off to magazines with high acceptance rates ;).
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Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:43 pm
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Firestarter wrote:I submitted Greenjackets to The Rambler, or The Village Rambler, whatever they tend to call themselves (it varies, seemingly). *waits for rejection*


Good luck, Jack. Oy, don't start with that attitude - your writing's publishable, and if they don't take it, someone as good will. ^_^
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