The thing that seems to be the most daunting to aspiring writers is how to go about getting their work published; where to submit it, how to submit it, what to expect. The first thing to ask yourself is this – what do you consider being published means? For some people being published means simply posting your work on your own blog, website, or on author sharing sites such as Wattpad. For others publishing means a contract and royalties. For me, publishing means having my work reach an audience, whether that is through print and online magazines, anthologies, pamphlets or books – and for me, money isn’t the main objective – exposure is. Over the past few years I have felt connected to a readership and haven’t felt so cut-off… after all, writing can leave a writer feeling isolated at times.

Once you have worked out what you intend to achieve through your writing (is it a hobby, or are you serious about it as a profession) you can set out to publish your work. In the UK, you as the author hold the copyright. When you send your work to magazines, they usually ask for first publication rights. If you republish the work at a later stage in a book collection, you’ll need to acknowledge the magazine where it first appeared. But before you do this, how to you find the magazines to send to?

One handy way that I tend to find new magazines to submit to is by reading the bios of fellow authors in magazines where my work appears. If you haven’t yet been published, a good starting point to find any magazines in the first place is through the publication links on my page here, or my writer hubby’s page here. Once you start submitting, you’ll soon find out about other magazines listed through those magazines and so on, and that way you’ll also find markets that publish whatever type of work you write. Keep writing, keep editing, keep submitting and keep positive – and you’ll soon reach your publishing goals. Good luck!

 

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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