If you’re a writer, a poet or a photographer, I’m sure you dream of having your work published. Perhaps you’ve already accomplished that goal and can add the publication of your work to your list of credits when submitting your future work to publishers. But, what if there were no more markets for your hard work? What if print magazines became a thing of the past or e-zines become extinct due to lack of support? Where are we to go? What happens to those great short stories, those touching poems or those amazing photos?
No one will see them. That’s what happens. How can we prevent that? We can support the publishers that do take a chance on us…who dedicate their time and resources to helping others to get our work in front of the public.
Many of these magazines are run by people who take no salary; they make nothing. Why do they do it? Because they believe in us and they don’t want to stem the tide of creativity that flows from our words or photos. But, with hard economic times, many of these publications are closing their doors. They need money to continue supporting new and emerging writers; gifted poets and talented photographers.
We must keep in mind that self-publishing is not an option for a short story writer or other small works. If these publications disappear from view, we will have nowhere to send our stories. So, how can we help?
Some publications, such as The Storyteller Magazine, offers subscriptions or per copy rates. If you want a home for your piece, you could order a copy and see if that magazine would make a good home for your story. Many of these magazines also offer critique services, which I have relied on to “shine up” my stories and at a very low fee, such as Alphie Dog Fiction. Some of these publications offer you a way to “Pay it forward” by making a donation or paying a reading fee which goes to support programs for young writers.
“But, I want to make money…not spend money!” you cry. Well, unless we support the publishers there will not be a paying market for your work or a place for people to read your stories.
Regina Williams, Editor of Storyteller Magazine, told me that due to the economy, she might be forced to discontinue publishing the print editions and go to an e-zine. This is an international magazine, recognized for it’s quality literature by Harvard University, that will no longer be able to publish print editions. That would be a huge loss to libraries, schools and writers! We can help!
Check out the Storyteller Magazine, which supports new and emerging writers like us, and order a copy of the magazine. Or, better yet, sign up for a subscription. You will be investing in the future of not only the magazine, but a market that is in danger of disappearing from bookshelves!
I live on a limited income, but I do order copies of magazines to see if my stories fit their themes; I pay “reading fees” which are actually donations to support the publications or their young writer programs. I consider this money an investment in my own future. If writers will support these publications, they can stay in business and remain an venue in which our work can be published.
So, support these magazines and we’ll all benefit!
Yours in Writing,
M E McMahon