NaNoWriMo 2013 is over for another year and there was much talk at the TGIO (thank goodness it’s over) party for our region about what steps we might take next with our writing. There was great enthusiasm for revising our novels and a number of us are actively seeking publication of previous (and now polished) nano novels (scroll down for my earlier post about Irish publishers and agents). But there are two other steps you could consider.
1. Work on Your Social Media Platform
Many of us use Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, LinkedIn etc to promote our writing and raise our profile. I’ve been working on improving my use of social media this year and here’s a few links I found useful;
- The Month Long Platform Challenge with day by day steps for both beginners and those seeking to improve.
- Sarah Webb’s guide to social media for writers
If you only have time to use one social media platform I would suggest either start blogging (weekly) or sign up to twitter and follow influential writers/agents and search for writing advice and tips. It’s a great resource. Don’t wait until you have a book to sell, use it today to help you improve your writing and build a readership.
2. Write and Submit Short Fiction/Personal Essays
We also talked about submitting short fiction and personal essays at the TGIO. It can be hard to suggest markets for wrimos because we’re all writing in different lengths and genres. I have been published by People’s Friend (UK) and Metro Fiction (USA) and several other venues that are no longer active for short fiction, plus nine anthologies for personal essays, and it’s a great way to pick up clips.
Other places that take women’s short fiction include Ireland’s Own, My Weekly, Woman’s Weekly, Stinging Fly, The Lady, Best. Maria Hughes in our region got into Cork publication The Holly Bough this month. Your best bet is to google for short fiction markets and include the name of your genre.Some will take email submissions while others require a postal approach so do check the writers’ guidelines first.
Don’t forget anthologies too, especially for personal essays – Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup would be the two big ones in that market but there are others too (beware anthologies that only pay the top three stories – it’s generally best to not give away your writing for free unless it’s a charitable donation that you want to support). Sunday Miscellany on RTE radio take personal stories (although I’ve yet to get one accepted!).
Hopefully that will give you a few leads to pursue and do let us know if you get published somewhere so I can let the other wrimos in the region know.
Grace (ML for Ireland NorthEast)