|Duotrope is a godsend of a resource for writers!|
In high school, I had a science teacher tell my class that "entropy" was the answer to all science related questions there was no answer to. In the writing world, I think I can safely say that "Duotrope" is the answer to all the writing and publication questions you might not have the answer to.
Duotrope is a free resource for writers that offers some of the best advice, interviews, and other resources that help writers accomplish their writing and publication goals. According to their About/FAQ page:
Duotrope is a free resource for writers that primarily offers and extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets. We also offer a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submission trackers (for registered users), and some nifty reports compiled from the data we've accumulated.
how it works
Before I knew of this site, I would send out mail and online submissions in a rather haphazard manner; half the time, when I received a rejection notice I didn't even remember having sent the submission. With Duotrope, I log in and do a quick search for journals searching for "Nature" poetry submissions. I find a list of 30 journals, and decide to submit to five of them. With Duotrope's submission tracker, I can visit the website of each journal, submit, and instantly record the submission (which I can then update as I hear back from them).
Let's say I've only just heard of Journal X during this search. I'm excited about what they're looking for, but through Duotrope's research and data compilations, I see they are one of the top 25 slowest markets to respond. I can see the average amount of time Journal X takes to get back to people; I'm stunned to see it sometimes takes them more than a year! With these simple tools, I instantly know this might not be the place to submit.
Perhaps I've just heard of Journal D, too. I can look on the journal's info page and see that Duotrope has an interview with the editor that gives me great insight into the way the editors think. I realize we have the same thought processes about poetry, and they're looking for exactly what I have to offer. I now feel 100% more confident submitting to this journal!
the last word ...
All I can say is: Duotrope is a godsend. I highly recommend signing up and checking them out today! Take advantage of the submission tracker to monitor where you're submitting, and your successes (and temporary set-backs). Use their data to figure out where you want to submit. (And don't forget to help "Keep It Free!" by making a donation if and when you're able!)
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