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How To Submit Articles To Magazines

Updated on October 10, 2013

A Few Words Before We Begin

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

Marie Curie

In the quote above you have your first tip about submitting articles to magazines. Never give up!

Listen, nobody said that writing was an easy business. There are millions of writers in the world and most of them want the same thing, namely to be published. At the same time, there are a limited number of magazines, so to say the competition is fierce would be a gross understatement.

That is why it is so important that you do not give up. You must believe in yourself and you must work harder for you than you ever worked for another employer. You are the artist but you are also the Marketing Executive of your writing firm, and a good marketing executive is armed with the knowledge necessary in order to achieve success.

What follows is the knowledge necessary to achieve success when submitting articles to magazines. The pointers mentioned below really apply to submissions to agents and publishers as well, but today we are just going to concentrate on the magazine industry.

Are you ready?

Do you have what it takes?
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BE A SKILLED WRITER

If you do not have skills then don’t bother submitting work. I hate to be so blunt but quite frankly, until you have improved your writing skills you have no chance of being published.

Let’s assume, however, that you already have the skills necessary. If so then let’s move on to the second tip.

MAKING AN INVESTMENT

There is a book on the market called The Writer’s Market and I highly recommend that you buy it. In my opinion this is the Bible for all writers.

In it you will find a complete list of agents, publishers and, for the sake of this discussion, a complete listing of magazines. The listings will be separated by topic, so there will be pages of magazines that focus on travel, sports, lifestyle, women’s issues and much, much more.

Not only that, but each listing for each periodical will have the editor’s name, the submission guidelines, the address and a section that tells you what kind of work they are currently looking for.

This is a must-purchase for anyone interested in being published in a periodical. Each year a new edition comes out. You can buy the new 2013 edition, or go cheap like I do and buy a year-old edition on ebay for half the price.

THE QUERY LETTER

Other than your article, the most important part of the submission process is the query letter. You can write the most brilliant article ever composed, but if your query letter is sub-standard your article will forever sit in your personal files gathering dust.

I wrote an article awhile back about the 10 Second Rule, stating that you have about ten seconds to win over the heart of an editor. In truth, it is closer to five seconds, so your query letter had better be wowzers.

Let’s take a look at the important aspects of a magazine query letter:

  • Use a normal font and keep the query letter to one page, single-space
  • Include your name, address, phone number, email address and website if you have one
  • Address the letter to a specific editor by name
  • Begin with a hook. Remember, if you cannot grab the editor in five seconds you lose. The first line of your query letter should be fireworks and lightning. Why should the editor read on…that’s what your first line should answer.
  • The second paragraph can expand on what the article is about. Include the length of the article, a working title and reasons why this article would be relevant for that magazine.
  • A short third paragraph listing your qualifications and previous publications.
  • Finish with a thank you and a hope that you will be hearing from them soon.

How to pitch a magazine article

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission guidelines must be followed to the letter. If they call for a sample of the article then give them a sample and not the whole article. If they ask for articles in the 800 word range do not tell them you have an article of 1,000 words.

Many magazines now accept queries for future articles or for articles already written. If the submission guidelines allow you to do so, then send the article along with the query letter, but only if that is specified in the guidelines.

I cannot overemphasize this point enough. You must follow the submission guidelines exactly as they are stated or don’t bother to contact the magazine.

EMAIL OR SNAIL MAIL?

Again, if you own a copy of the Writer’s Market, this question will be answered, because for every magazine it is explained if the editor accepts email submissions or the old-fashioned snail mail submission.

Once that has been established, make your submission and then sit back and wait. It can take as little as one week to hear back or it can take three months, depending on the time of year and the individual magazine. Usually in the submission guidelines it will tell you how long it takes for a response.

Remember, if sending snail mail, to include a SASE along with your query letter.

Be patient but, as the next step explains, also be vigilant.

FOLLOW UP

I am a huge believer in the follow-up letter. Try to understand that editors will literally receive thousands of emails and letter each month. Thousands! It is quite possible for them to lose your email or snail mail submission. It is also quite possible for them to misplace it or forget about it.

It is your job to remind them. If you do not hear from them in the time designated in their submission guidelines then for goodness sake follow up and contact them. This is not a time to be shy; this is your business and livelihood at stake, and if you don’t follow up nobody will.

Let’s say, however, that you do hear back and your submission is rejected. It is my opinion that a wise writer will contact the editor thanking them for consideration. Establish a good working relationship whenever possible. Who knows when that connection will pay dividends in the future? So I would suggest you keep a file of rejection slips so you can follow up from time to time with new proposals, and keep that connection fresh and in the mind of the editor. This falls under the category of “a squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

PERSEVERANCE

You must not give up. Often times writers are published because they were in the right place at the right time. They happened to have the perfect idea at the exact time an editor was looking for that idea.

Yes, there are millions of writers, but there is only one you. You hold the key to your future in your hands. Be persistent! The best writers on this planet have received rejection slips. Consider them a badge of honor and keep sending out those submissions. If one editor doesn’t like your idea then send it to another editor. Heck, send it to ten editors at once and first come first serve. Once you have exhausted the entire list of editors then either change your query letter or change your article, but keep at it.

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Final Thoughts

If it is worth wishing for then it is worth working for. I was taught the value of hard work a very long time ago, and I have never forgotten it.

I was also taught that there are days when the best we can hope for is to simply move forward. There will be days when a writer feels there is no point in this quest. There will be lonely days and frustrating days and what-the-hell days, but through it all we have to keep moving forward.

In these days of instant gratification, the writer faces many days of no gratification whatsoever. Those are the days when you need to work harder. If your submissions are not being accepted then you need to find out why and change things. My grandma used to say there is no point in beating a dead horse. A bit graphic for sure but the meaning, with regards to submissions, is right on. If you are not getting published there is a reason for it. Figure out that reason and then make adjustments. Who knows when you will be in the right place at the right time, and a whole new world of possibilities will open up for you.

Best of luck to you all!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Dedicated to my writing friend Vicki!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I do have that book and it is a must for all writers. Also 1001 ways to market your book is excellent. He is the one giving the seminar today and a true genius in the marketing of books..as I have attested to..I don't get anything for mention but I feel he is exceptional. Great hub Bill and the tenacity of a writer is almost as important as quality.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've heard many good things about The Writer’s Market. I really should buy a copy. Very interesting and useful hub Bill!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      This is another keeper filled with such valuable and authentic tips and references.

      I don't believe you will ever stop being a teacher. Thanks for all you have taught me, while being a wonderful support as well.

      Have a peaceful and lovely weekend. Love, Maria

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      Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

      Thank you billybuc for the tips. I will put them into practice for sure. You are a great asset to writers like me who are honing their talents.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol. I have heard of that other book and perhaps I need to buy it. I appreciate the tip and I appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Susan, for stopping by. I think you'll find the book valuable. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, my beautiful friend!

      I guess you are right. I love to teach...I never want to appear to be preaching but just passing on knowledge I have learned and found valuable. If I do that then I am satisfied. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, it is a pleasure to help others. Thank you for the visit and I hope you find these suggestions helpful along your path.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      When I was a pro downhill ski racer we had a saying, that we called on when we were just tired of 9-10 hr days of practice -- Half the battle is just booting up and showing up. I like that tone in this piece. Perseverance separates winners from the also ran's. Great write Bill

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      You are a real asset to this site.

      You always provide useful, clear advice and happily share it.

      You are in my opinion a noble 'Knight of Words' and I really mean that as a big compliment :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like that, Eric! Boot up and show up....great line. Yessir! Sit down at that computer and put in the time. Who knows what will happen?

      Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I take it as a big compliment and I am honored by your words. Thank you my friend. I hope you are well and that you have a great weekend.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you for sharing such a great hub containing helpful suggestions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ARUN, it is my pleasure my friend. Thank you for the visit.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Solid advice Bill. Yes, the query is the key.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Keep learning and moving forward: the quintessential billybuc writing lesson :) Love it!

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      Toni Northern 4 years ago from Williamston NC

      Okay see, the query letter would have been my fail. Wouldn't have did one at all. Would have just ruined it for myself. I can expect success from your how-to articles I believe. Excellent Hub.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Fine and well thankyou :) You have a good weekend too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Russ! I don't care how great your article is; if your query letter sucks then you are going nowhere. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, anyone who uses the word "quintessential" in a comment is alright by me. LOL Thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SonQuioey, it is crucial....seriously crucial. Thank you and I hope this helps you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will, Anna! Thank you!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful advice for sure Bill. And I have quite the collection pinned from you will such sound and awesome advice for book and magazine publishing. So, I truly thank you for that my friend. Here is to a wonderful weekend and have also voted and shared all over as always, too!!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      once again .. great hub ..Bill my compliments and thanks for the info .. much appreciated !

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very useful hub, as usual, Bill. Yes, I will be bookmarking this as well.

      I hope you don't think me forward if I suggest 'The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2013' for your UK followers. 'The Writer's Market' is a wonderful resource, however, it is geared for the American market.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Janine! If one looked up the word "loyal" in the dictionary, one would find your picture there.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, that's great information. Thank you and I'll see if I can't add that to the hub.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Very helpful and timely for me, as I'm starting to think about submitting articles. Thank you! :-) Lurana

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I've been waiting for this one! I've started a folder called "Bill's Writing Tips"; you are a plethora of information. I've also order the 2013 edition of The Writers Market. I ordered it via one of your other hubs, so expect some pennies!

      You haven't mentioned it in this hub, but congratulations on having sold an article to a magazine. You must be so excited!

      I need to do some serious studying on how to write a successful query letter. Once I have determined the article (type) I'd like to write and to which magazines to pitch, would you mind taking a look at my query letter before I send it out? It won't be right away, but I'd like your advice before I take my next leap.

      Awesome hub! It's going straight into my Bill folder!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, like a finely-tuned watch you are right on time. Thank you for always being here and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I would be more than happy to look at your query letter when you get it written. Good luck with that and thanks for purchasing the book online off of my site....every penny helps. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend. I'm taking it easy and not doing much in the way of writing this weekend. My brain needs a break.

      love you,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      This is such a useful and insightful hub here, which will help many no doubt! I appreciate you sharing from your experiences in getting articles published through magazines. Being from the south, it would be amazing to have an article published in Southern Living, especially. Well, really any magazine for that matter!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for some more very useful information, Bill. I've heard of The Writer's Market book, but your hub has persuaded me that I really should purchase it! Have a great weekend.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I used to have a few years of the Writer's Market when I was younger. Actually, when I was a teenager, I submitted a few pieces, but they were rejected. I remember being disappointed, but also excited that they responded to me. I wish I had kept those letters.

      Thanks for all of this advice and information, Bill!

      You're here on the weekend?! I hope you have time left to relax and get things done around your yard. Have a great weekend!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Very useful Hub. A book which I have always held in high esteem is the Writers and Artist Year Book which I see you have it advertised on your

      Hub. Definitely one to bookmark here - voted up Billybuc.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Some very helpful advice here for anyone considering entering the competitive realm of article writing..thanks Bill:-))

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 4 years ago from New York, NY

      I love this hub! You are so right on point. I too appreciate "that bible" and have used it myself. That's why I got my publishing deal! Well, time to go back to working on my book....it's a bear but will be worth all the effort.

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Billy: Thanks for sharing all this information with us and I will definitely keep your book recommendation. I have published 6 articles in a European travel magazine (over the past 5 years) and I can confirm that once you have established a personal relationship with the editor, things go a lot easier. However, out of approx. 12 articles, only 6 got published and I find that the get more and more fussy. What I can personally recommend to anybody is to set yourself apart from the rest. E.g. all my published articles are quite personal, funny and cynical and make easy reading. I try to pick topics that nobody has ever written about e.g. the adventure of going to a dentist in Mexico or spending Christmas in various places of the world. As you mention, thousands of people write about the same thing but once you have established a niche your chances increase tremendously.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, you pack a lot of valuable information in this hub. All of your tips are right on the money. Aside from the obvious - that you absolutely must be a good writer - you touched on a very important fact that you must follow submission guidelines exactly how the editor has specified. Adding to that, you must be extremely familiar with the magazine style. When I was a young mother, I submitted an article to a magazine called "At Home Mother". It was a simple article about how to make the house look clean in a hurry. The editor printed the article and requested I write more like that. At the time, I had written a book about exercising with children at home. I told them about the book and they wanted to help promote the book, too. I don't mention that to brag, but to point out the importance of following the rules and being familiar with the magazine where you submit your articles. And, yes, pick up a copy of the latest Writer's Market book. The link you provide right here in this hub leads to the exact book writers need to have on their desk. I, myself, have been very successful using this guide.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, one day, if you want it, it will happen. Do not be discouraged by rejections and keep submitting.

      Thank you my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, you won't be disappointed in buying it. For anyone interested in getting published it is a must.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Kathryn!

      A lot of people don't even get rejection letters. I consider them a plus. :)

      Just stopped by to post and answer some comments. Yardwork is calling me.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I have one of you UK neighbors to thank for my mentioning that book. I'm glad I did.

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, it is my pleasure. Thanks for visiting and I'll be by to see your new hub shortly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawdoctorlee, so nice to see you. I haven't seen you on HP in quite some time. I'm very happy to hear you got your publishing deal. Good luck with the book and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Novascotiamiss, those are great suggestions and you are right on! Establishing a unique niche is very important. Keep up the good work. I know six articles does not seem like a lot, but to many writers that is six more than they have had published. Well done my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, great suggestions and advice. I concur with everything that you said and well done with getting published. Here's hoping there will be many more articles published in the future.

      Thank you my friend and enjoy the weekend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks billy, I will get that book. I may become a writer before you know it, especially with friends like you encouraging. Again, thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Bill - You could use a president for your legions of fans! I'm volunteering :)

      Magnificent hub and written like the expert you are. I'm ordering The Writers Market Book right now. The way I see it, anything that has your your seal of approval is just what I need.

      I am so darned blessed to know you my dear and beautiful friend. I looked up the definition of greatness - your name appeared. Hugs.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Yep, me again. Another great insight from you my friend that I am very interested in and will take your tip on this Writers Market Book like other's have also given the thumbs up on. Thanks for including the UK one too! Great info as always have a great weekend!!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you were speaking to me in this one! I have to keep on trying. One of my friends has pointed me in the direction of a local community paper. They are looking for interesting articles having to do with the local wildlife! How about that:) Needless to say, I will be starting small and working my way upward, thanks to you dear friend ;) Pearl

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      Years ago I kept up with the Writers Market books. They also have a magazine that I used to take out at the library.

      I have one word of caution though. Don't submit to several magazines at once. What would you do if two magazines accepted your article? This would make you look really bad when you told one that you had already sold it. At least that is what I was warned back when I did designs for craft magazines.

      Great article Bill.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great information! I am booking marking this for when I get brave enough to start submitting some of my articles. Unfortunately, I have never taken rejection very well. I am one stubborn person and don't give up easily, but I do tend to take rejection personally. Thanks for the information! Up and awesome! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Great pointers for anyone interested in pursuing this avenue.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      Okay, so I had an exhilarating 9-mile walk this morning/early afternoon. The beginning was especially challenging as I headed south towards Oregon and directly into the wind. I mention this because it metaphorically parallels your article above. A slight turn, and I'm crossing the highway and headed east...and what a difference that made.

      Point being: Be confident. Never give up. Get 'r' done!

      I learned a lot from your article, Bill. 1) I need to quit being such a cheapskate and pick up a copy of Writer's Market; 2) I need to study the markets (Who knows? There might just be an editor looking for eBay human interest stories!); 3) Rejection slips ARE worth keeping because of the contact information (or maybe even the motivational value); and 4) Follow submission guidelines to the letter!

      Thank you, my friend, for putting your very special personal touch and writer's voice in even your teaching Hubs. In doing so, you help make the technical aspects of writing very palatable for your readers.

      Excellent job, Bill! And with that, I'll bid you a good night, my friend, with fond thoughts and the blessed hope of waking up tomorrow morning and doing what we love to do all over again!

      Aloha ahiahi (AH hee AH hee)! (Good night!)

      Joe

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Thanks for the pick-me-up, Bill.

      You know, I think it was Karen (Hellier) that was just mentioning this to me the other day. I used to use the Photographer's Market in my freelance photography days, and I remember seeing the Writer's Market on the shelf next to it at the bookstore for years, but when I got into writing last year, for some reason it just never crossed my mind to get the one for writers.

      So thank you for the reminder. And from my experience with the Photographers Market, then yes...it's definitely worth its weight in gold. There are literally hundreds and maybe even thousands of potential buyers out there who are willing to pay good money for well-written articles. Will definitely be picking up a copy soon.

      Aloha

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this tip. Will pass it on to my partner.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      writing requires confidence and perseverance, an informative hub for every writer, one should take note of the valuable points you mention here on How To Submit Articles To Magazines

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another great article Bill. I think Im going to have to print off your writing articles and keep them in a binder for quick reference and inspiration. All the best for a great weekenf. Write on!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I submitted a quilt pattern to a magazine once. Was denied, but that was ok. Looking back, it was not my best work. Have not done it since, but really should. Good tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I hope you do take the next step and I've got a news flash for you: You already are a writer, and a darn good one. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you had me smiling with that comment. Thank you and you are hired as the President of the Bill Holland Fan Club. That should leave you a good amount of time to pursue your goals. :) Thank you dear friend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I'm so happy to wake up to your message. It's about damn time I included books for the UK, don't you think, since so many of my followers are from there?

      Thank you my friend. Have a peaceful Sunday and then start promoting that career of yours.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, that is great news. Yes start small. All you need is one byline and then you have something to flaunt as you try for the bigger publications. Go for it my friend, and keep me posted as the victories pile up. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Barbara!

      Actually, they advise now that you can offer your article to several publications, as long as you let them know that you are doing that when submitting. You can also stipulate that you are offering "first time" rights, thus making it known that you will be shopping it around to others. Editors are quite used to this now and it seems to be common practice.

      Thanks for the comment my friend and good luck with your pursuits.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SG, I actually understand that. It is hard not to take it personally, even though there is nothing personal about it. Good luck and I hope you do dip your toe in the waters and give it a try.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish and I wish you well in your pursuits.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Joe!

      Great metaphor my friend. There is nothing easy about getting published and at times it appears we are always walking into a headwind. Still, the joy of overcoming the obstacles is something that appeals to me. The greater the challenge.......

      Have a great Sunday! No writing for me today. There are chores that have my name on them and it's high time I tend to them. I hope you decide to submit some of those articles. You have a unique niche that just might pay off.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I am the same way my friend. Something that I see daily never enters my consciousness, but then someone will mention it and I have an AH HA moment. Go figure!

      I think it is worth the investment if you truly want to be published. Good luck with it, buddy.

      Aloha,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you are very welcome and best of luck.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you and I hope it helps you in the future. Have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, I hope they help you in the future. If they do then I am a happy writer. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, you are in a niche that is made for magazines.....and there are quite a few quilting and crafting magazines....who knows, right? It might as well be you who is published. You have the writing skills and the knowledge....go for it!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting Bill. I must say the thought has crossed my mind every time I pick up NG Traveler or any other travel magazine. Perhaps this would be a good next step for me to try? Now I know what the process is so thank you, I may give this a shot.

      Thanks for the tips. Voted this one up and shared, this is very, very useful info Bill. Have a great Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, your hubs are perfect for travel magazines....and I'm not just saying that to make you feel better. You write in an easy and informative style that readers can embrace. Go for it, buddy!

      Thank you and have a wonderful day off.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I have always used the Writers and Artists Yearbook too Phoenix. Invaluable source for markets in the UK

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sue! I'm glad I included it with this hub.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice and informative as always.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Very good advice as usual. I am currently in the 'just keep moving forward' phase. I had never heard of The Writer's Market before today. Plus you cleared up a question from another hub I read of yours about a query letter.

      Thanks

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent information Bill, and presented so well. Thank you for writing this. I myself have just come across a Writer's market copy from 2010 and was blown away from all the information in there. I think I will take your advice and buy a more up to date copy on Ebay. I did have a question, which you answered but it seems too good to be true, so I just want to ask you again for clarification: Can you really send out the same article to different editors at once? That seems to make a lot more sense than sending them out one at a time and waiting for someone to get back to you, before you try your luck somewhere else.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is so timely for me. I'm in the beginning stages of submitting articles to magazines. Thanks for sharing the information. This will help. I'm bookmarking for reference.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this hub Bill. Steps towards publishing is more like preparing a cover letter, CV etc., for a job isn't it? Thank you for sharing this advice with us. Have a great week ahead!

      Voted up and sharing. I am sure many people will benefit from your tips and advise :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok! Nice to see you here again.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, as long as I keep clearing up things I say then i am satisfied. LOL The Writer's Market is only for U.S. magazines and publishers but it is well worth the purchase.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Karen, and yes, you can send the same article out to more than one editor. Articles are, quite often, published by more than one periodical.

      I hope you give this a try. The money is so-so at first but like anything else, once you get established it can get better....plus....you are gaining credits and establishing yourself as a professional every time you get published.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I'm really happy to hear that and best of luck to you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, yes, I guess it is a bit like preparing for a job....in fact, in a very real sense that's what it is.

      Thank you my friend and I hope the upcoming week is a good one for you.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Just want to thank you for this, Bill. A great honour to be sure, even to read your sage advice is always so good!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Vicki! People helped me out when I first came here, and I believe in doing the same. :)

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      agapsikap 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, Bill for this very informative and interesting hub. I always read your hub more than once and find it very useful and awesome. I do not often leave a comment but I assure you they're helpful enough for the readers like me to keep on coming back. Voted up!

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      Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      What a great hub, Billy. You have provided some very useful information in this hub. Information is gold...

      I am very impressed. Thank you for an excellent Hub Page.

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Great tips as always billy :) Thank you for sharing this useful hub :) I learn something new from you every time I read :) God bless you!

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      BillyBuc- Voted UP and Shared.

      As always, a well written and informative article that can help and clarify the situation for any writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      agapsikap, what a lovely comment. If I am helping you in any way then I am a happy writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Astra, thank you for the visit and I'm glad this has helped you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you RD....I will be by to read your latest hub soon.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Don! Greatly appreciated my friend.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 4 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I'm going to share this with my writers guide. All good advice. And yes, I need to work harder. It is especially hard to get an acceptance if I don't send out a query;o)

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I've been doing so much online writing over the past few years and working as an editor, I've almost forgotten about the possibility of writing for magazines. Thanks for the reminder and the great suggestions!

      One other suggestion I'd add is get to know editors and the magazine's writing staff... like in real life. Go to conferences and conventions where they hang out. Being able to reference "We met at XYZ convention's reception..." can go a long way toward getting to the top of the pile. Don't be annoying or pushy, but professional.

      Some may ask why to connect with the magazine's writers when you're a writer yourself! Getting quoted in articles builds your reputation as an expert in that magazine's field--not just someone who can put a bunch of words together--making you a candidate for other opportunities.

      Don't just be a writer, be an expert!

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      Going to a bookstore tomorrow to look for The Writers Market, thanks for this great tip Billy. Voted up useful

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Billy,

      Thanks for answering that question. One of my problems has been that I haven't officially been published anywhere yet so I would have to look for some magazines that don't require "clips" too. By the way, another great hub for you to write would be to explain to us about all the "lingo" getting published requires us to understand...like "kill fee," "clips" and what does a clip look like...is it a copy of an article we had published???etc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, that does handcuff you a bit. LOL Thanks for sharing and good luck in the future.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, thank you for that addition. I've been singing the "be an expert" song for quite some time now. Hopefully others will hear us and learn from it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ketage, it is a must read and reference book. Good luck in your search....Croatia?? I hope they have it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All good questions, Karen. A clip usually refers to a section of an article you have written. As for being published yet, send them articles from HubPages....if that's what you've got then that's what you should send them. :)

      Thanks for the article suggestion and for stopping by.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Billy! Good idea.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Billy, I will get a copy of The Writer's Market." Thanks again.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the tips......fully agreed. I think that it is so important to present yourself properly with a good query letter before submitting your work to these magazines because that alone tells them how well you write. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Karen.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I think that's a good move. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, good point. If you can't write a letter you sure can't write a book or an article. :) Thanks for that comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, improving one's craft and to keep one's efforts directed at one's aim are useful lessons, as are the equally important other suggestions.

      Thanks for sharing your expertise, my friend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Billy for another gem which is so useful for me. As you know i am getting through(slowly) my writing course and the first half is all about non fiction writing and we have to find our own magazines to publish to. So what a gem this one is. As well as voting up I am also going to save in on word so it is at hand.Thank you over and over again Billy my special friend.

      Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree, Rajan, and I know you are practicing your own words. My best to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I love it when one of my hubs is useful to another Hubber. Best of luck to you my friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article. Thanks for sharing your hard-won success with us. This is both interesting and informative and I enjoyed reading this. Good luck on your further quests. I agree, never, never,never give up! That is the key to success.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, it is the key to success and yet so many fledgling writers do give up. I hate to see that, and if I can inspire some of them to keep working then I'll be happy. Thanks my friend.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      QUOTE: "It can take as little as one week to hear back or it can take three months, depending on the time of year and the individual magazine. "

      I wrote a joke for Reader Digest two years ago and I'm still waiting. Maybe Reader Digest thought that my submission was merely a joke, LOL.

      Thanks, Billybuc, for sharing how to submit articles to magazines. I will try to submit a more serious article this time round.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, another generous gift of priceless tips and useful information. Thank you for sharing one more for my bookmark.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I would say two years is a bit too long for a response. LOL Good luck this next time and thanks as always for the comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I want all of my friends to be successful, and if these tips help in that goal then all the better. Thank you my friend and I hope this finds you well.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 4 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Two year response is how long it took me to land my first paid acceptance. I'd sent a piece to a regional magazine. The editor asked if he could hold onto it and I said OK. Well, two years later I got a phone call from the NEW editor. He'd been going through some old files and came across my article and wanted to know if he could published it. So, you just never know in this business, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, true words....you never know and you can never give up hope. Thanks for telling your story.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You spell it out well, Bill. Thanks for writing this! I'm pinning it on my writing/publishing board!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Vicki! I was hoping you would see this one. :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Victoria Lynn, I've pinned it already... one board specially for Billybuc. You can repin from mine, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, Vicki, I love that I have my own pin board...the heights of success know no limits. :)

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      Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Another thoughtful hub bursting with value, heart and helpfulness. Thank you, Sir William. Blessings, L.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you are too kind....thank you my friend.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent info as usual, Bill, and two of the most important words for any writer - as you pointed out - are 'Follow up!'

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Thank you, drbj. Don't just 'follow up'. Vote it up and vote UABI!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I have known a few writers who quit after rejection...and I find that sad.....perseverance my friend...there is no substitute. :) Thank you for being here so often....you are very appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good evening, Walter. I trust you had a great weekend my friend.

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      Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good hub. Personally, I prefer to use writers market online at: www.writersmarket.com. The website has awesome features for writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carola, it does indeed and I use that as well. Thanks for mentioning that.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have a question. One of the mags I want to send a story to doesn't have much information on how to submit. I've looked at their entry in the Writer's Handbook and I've checked their website but their is no info other than types of stories their looking for and word count. Would it be best to send a query letter with a brief outline of the story?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Phoenix!

      I wouldn't send an outline. Just email the query letter and attach the story; some places won't open an attachment, so also copy and paste the story at the end of the query letter.

      Hope that helps. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill. Just wanted to let you know that I'll be attending some writing workshops which are being held by the magazine I'm looking to submit articles to. Would it be gauche to bring some of my stories with me or should I just take notes and names?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Phoenix!

      I think it would be fine to take articles with you. I'm sure others will have a portfolio tucked under their arms. Check out the action and see if others are sharing their work.....good luck and I hope those workshops help you. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill. I'll keep you posted. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Phoenix....good luck!

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