Publishing Quandary

I haven’t posted in a while. I took the family to Cody, WY, over the 4th of July and we saw grammas and grampas, and my aunt and uncle, and my sister and husband and her family. And it was great. I love my family. I am very blessed.

Did you know that quandary was spelled like that? I didn’t. Had to look it up.

I found out this last week the the Ensign and New Era magazines, and the online Meridian Magazine don’t take fiction. I was pretty disappointed. But I asked my buddies at Authors Incognito, and got some great suggestions. I also purchased an electronic copy of LDS Writer’s Market. It is a really cool reference. But guess what? Most of the fiction contests end (submission deadline) on June 30th. So, I just missed them all.

The Writer’s Market (the big boys), are running a writing contest now. I read through the rules and the timeline, and I just don’t know if I want to submit there. The short story I recently wrote is quite religious. It is probably better suited for a Christian magazine. But I can’t find one I would like to send it to.

The story is quite dear to my heart. So much so, that I had hoped to share it with my LDS writer friends. If it ends up in some obscure Christian magazine it will be harder to share it.


I am going to think it through. Sleep on it tonight. I just may end up posting it here on blogger. Then I have full control of it. I get to spread the word. I can use it to attract readers. Maybe. I’ll think about it. You may just see it here tomorrow.



Publishing Quandary — 3 Comments

  1. You can always hold on to it too and submit next year. =] Of course, your readers will have a long time to wait and I know we all want to read it!

  2. Cool Family trip, I used to go out towards Cody a lot in my younger single days.
    Figure out if you want to keep improving on your story (for next year) or if you do want to submit it somewhere already. As for saving it for later, I am amazed at how much I still want to tweak things and improve them, if I have the time.
    I didn't submit to the Irreantum contest this year because I didn't feel like I had the time to get it perfect-next year though.

  3. Daron – I would suggest that you keep writing short fiction of the same genre. Taking inspiration from paintings could be the theme.

    Anyway – when you have enough to fill a book, it would be highly marketable!

    Your writing is awesome!

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