Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Get submitting!

Start the new year off right by submitting your manuscripts.

Not sure where to start? There are two excellent websites that every writer should have bookmarked.

The first is WritersMarket.com. This is the most well-respected site for finding a publisher or agent for your short story, novel, poem or article. Writers Market publishes several annuals, covering everything from the short story market to children’s writing to finding agents. The problem with the print version is that the industry changes so fast, with new companies opening and old ones folding on a near-daily basis, that sometimes the print version is outdated before it hits the shelves. The online version is updated constantly and worth the money. Note: If you do purchase the Deluxe Writer’s Market print version, it includes a one-year subscription to the online version. Online, you have the option to subscript to all databases, or just specific ones such as agents or poetry markets.

Another handy site is Duotrope.com. It’s somewhat like Writer’s Market lite for fiction and poetry. It also offers publication submission information, though the database isn’t as substantial as Writer’s Market. The nice thing about Duotrope is that it is free. If you are looking to rack up pub credits quickly, Duoptrope is a good place to start.

Now for some personal pimpage. Vagabondage Press is currently accepting novelettes, novellas and novel submissions.

VBP is seeking well-written literary fiction of 12,000 to 100,000 words that explores the human
experience. We hope to provide a safe space for authors who've gone under-appreciated because the industry has led them to believe that they don't fit a particular format. We hold no editorial bias in regards to stories for or about individuals of any race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or planet of origin. Vagabondage Press LLC is a royalty paying digital and print publisher.

Categories of submissions include:
  • Novelette: 12,-25,000 words
  • Novella: 26,000-50,000 words
  • Novel: 50,000 +

We are primarily interested in literary fiction, but women's fiction, erotica, romance, fantasy, magical realism, humor and other genres will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

When sending a manuscript, please follow submission guidelines. This means you MUST include a synopsis, or your work will automatically be rejected.