Publishing: The “How do I start?” Question & My Updated One Sheet

I got the question again this morning: “I’ve written some stories, but I don’t know where to send them. How do I start?” I think this kind of question is irritating to writers who believe 1) that they found their way through natural curiosity and love of literature, and 2)that they never sought short cuts. I get that, but as an educator it’s my responsibility to provide education, and entertaining irritation actually makes the job harder. When I get the question, I have a one sheet that I explain is a very selective list of resources to browse. What may not be explicit is that it’s not the resources themselves that are as important as  developing an awareness of the possible categories . . .

Publishing Resources

 What’s new in books?

The Millions

The Nervous Breakdown 

The Rumpus

General Resources

Poets & Writers


Duotrope ($)


Agent Query

Market Guides-Pop Genre

Dark Markets

Writer’s Market sub-guides (Writer’s Digest Books)–example Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market

Find a writing conference

Poets & Writers Database

 AWP Conference & Center Guide

Author Pages

Steve Himmer

Roxane Gay

Matt Bell

Jen Michalski

Art Taylor

Sample Guidelines

Ellery Queen


Strange Horizons


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