I want to make my writing into a career

@fran429 (503)
United States
April 22, 2009 5:16pm CST
That's right! I want to live my dream and be a published author. What's the problem? Lack of confidence, I suppose... That and the fact that I havne't finished my WIP yet... BUT, a fellow writing friend of mine informed me of writing for magazines. Not articles either. Some magazines have small fiction short stories or what-not in them. Does anyone do that? If I was to write a gabillion fiction stories, how would I get it to the right person? What about online sites where they'd pay a realistic price for my fiction piece? I'm not talking $10 for it, I'm talking like a good chunck of change... like $100 for it... we're talking like a 10-15 page short story... not a talk about what I did over the weekend type thing. Does anyone here write fiction for magazines or other online publications?
6 responses
@paid2write (5202)
23 Apr 09
Fiction does not work well online because people use search engines to find factual information. Most magazines have websites, and you could search for some that accept short stories. You will also find requests for stories posted in writers forums and at networking sites for writers. You are right, you should be living the dream rather than dreaming of being a writer. You are already a writer, you only need to find the right outlet for your writing. If your work is rejected, that does not mean it is no good. It only means that you have not submitted it to the most suitable publication, and it is not exactly what the magazine wants to publish.
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• Pakistan
23 Apr 09
Hi padi2write, I think perfection is the key to success. Though humans can not be perfect but they're capable of touching that line closer enough to the perfection. Being rejected means you're not upto that mark sometimes.
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23 Apr 09
Of course poor quality writing will always be rejected, but many top writers have had their work rejected before they became famous. It is important not to give up trying, and always be prepared to revise and rewrite when necessary.
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@fran429 (503)
• United States
7 May 09
Hello paid2write, I DEFINATELY want to do fiction. I want to lighten someone's mood, make them feel happy, get lost in my story, believe they are living it right along with my characters in my stories. I heard from one of my online writing friends of a magazine that publishes short story after short story in their magazines (they have 4 or 5 diff. genres of magazines) and I'm looking into that, however, I cant find the magazines in any of the stores around here so I'm going to end up having to subscribe. Only, I don't want to subscribe to all 5 if I'm only suitable for writing for 1 or 2, know what i mean?
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
Hello Fran, We have the same dreams for life, I want to become a published author too and make writing a lifetime profession. I am making every effort to realized my dreams but it seems time and destiny never cooperated, because up to now my dreams remain dreams. I am making some manuscripts for book publication too and for screenplay and I am hoping against hope that somebody got interested in it and accept.
• Pakistan
23 Apr 09
Hello Jlamela, How are you? Wish you good luck for your deams!
@fran429 (503)
• United States
7 May 09
Hello jlamela, I hope you get that novel written... and best of all, PUBLISHED! I will root for you!!!!!!!!
• China
23 Apr 09
My dream also becomes the writer ,to be ideal , is also to live, but, the success has many other factors, must succeed not easily.
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@23uday (2998)
• India
7 May 09
Hello friends I am very happy ,that they are people who want writing as their career.Though i am doing engineering,but i always wanted to write and settle my life as a good writer. This was the dream,which i always wished to happen.Though i have not written any paper work,but i have won some prizes in my school for my poetry work,so that is an boost element for me.And planning to write something on my favourite subject very soon. bye!!!!!!!
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
24 Apr 09
I write a lot of fiction for magazines, periodicals and anthologies. I find my markets by searching the professional sites like: http://www.fictionfactor.com/markets.html http://www.ralan.com http://www.duotrope.com Ignore anyone that says it can't be done - they obviously don't know enough about the markets to inform or advise anyone. Go and hang out at some of the professional writing forums. You'll meet plenty of people who make their living from writing both fiction and non-fiction.
@scheng1 (24742)
• Singapore
23 Apr 09
Hi Fran, you are very couragous and confidence. I admire you for that. It is very hard for a new writer to break into the market. The lead time is also very long. Even magazine takes a few months to decide whether to publish your stories. They often have to plan months ahead. I am giving lulu.com a try now. I have published one children story ebook yesterday and another one today. This is just my second day there. I have not learnt how to market my ebook. Since I do not have to pay any money to publish my books. The time taken to write the story is also very short, about an hour to finish one short story between 1,500 to 2,000 words. So I'm charging very little, about $1.20 to $1.40 per book. There is a 25% commission payable to lulu.com. So the actual selling price is a bit higher. You may like to try out online publishing. If you are good at selling your short stories, even if you make $2 per sales, if 100 people buy, you will make $200. Lulu.com also allows you to sell in paperback. You have to get the IBSN numbers and your books will be available at Amazon.com and other booksellers.