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How to Market and Sell your Short Stories To Magazines and Anthologies

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26 Lessons (1h 39m)
    • 1. Introduction v2

    • 2. Overview

    • 3. Why short stories

    • 4. Benefits

    • 5. Selling v licencing

    • 6. Types of licencing rights part 1

    • 7. Types of licencing rights part 2

    • 8. Copyright

    • 9. Getting ready to sell

    • 10. The common types of short fiction markets

    • 11. Finding and choosing markets 1

    • 12. Finding and choosing markets 2

    • 13. Finding and choosing markets 3

    • 14. Finding and choosing markets 4 ver 2

    • 15. Submission basics research

    • 16. Submission basics guidelines

    • 17. Types of submissions

    • 18. Set up monotoring and keep writing 1

    • 19. Dealing with rejections

    • 20. Dealing with Contracts

    • 21. Selling reprints

    • 22. Selling Foreign language rights

    • 23. Selling Audio rights

    • 24. Go on and Going Indie

    • 25. The story submission flowchart

    • 26. Final words

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About This Class


Selling short stories can be hard work, but through this training, I will show you how to sell your short stories to top paying magazines and anthologies.

  • I will show you how find the right markets so you sell and get published more easily.
  • How to sell your short stories over and over again and so maximise your earning from them.
  • How to avoid having your stories rejected.

You will learn techniques to make it easier for you to sell more short stories, and create an ongoing financial income.

I’ve structured this course in a simple to follow way, that will show you how to start submitting your short stories to top paying markets immediately.

The only prerequisites required is an ability to produce short stories, access to a computer/internet and some very basic computer skills.

Just follow the concise sections which cover all the crucial information you need to succeed.

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1. Introduction v2: show stories have been with us for a long time, although they fell out of favor in the eighties and nineties, When magazines cook back on publishing, they're back with a vengeance. This isn't course about writing short stories, however. This is a course about selling them. The rise of digital publishing has rejuvenated the markets for short stories. There are now many magazines online, which cuts down costs, and obviously it is easier to start a magazine online. Many of these magazines now want your short stories, and some, but not all of them are willing to pay for your work. And that is what this cost is about. There is a world of paying markets out there, and you can get your share of it while everyone else is trying to compete and sell their unknown stories on Amazon, you can take another path on rebuilding your reputation as a short story writer through professional magazines, both offline and on or prestigious competitions on be an ng as you go. Who is this coast fall? This course is for the beginning, or the established short story writer who wants to discover how to to market and sell their stories to magazines and anthologies. So what we won't be covering on this course is sending your work directly to readers through Amazon are one of the other networks. No, we would be dealing with the art of writing short stories themselves. Both of these topics are courses or books in themselves and not within the scope of this course. This course is simply about selling your work to existing paying markets. Let's get started. 2. Overview: So what we're going to do in this cost? Best of all, we're going to find markets for your short stories. There are hundreds out there, whatever the genre, but not all of them pay. Never got to sell your fast, short stories. You need to understand what you are actually selling. No, your stories are simply set and rights or licenses on how to use your stories more on this letter. Also, we'll be looking at how to leverage your writing efforts using licensing. How to make the most profits are each of your stories by leveraging those licensing rights on how to build a portfolio of short stories to sell. Keep the machine running so you're making a consistent, unprofitable income from your stories. Please know that throughout this course, when I refer to sending your stories actually mean licensing them. But we'll come back to that in the next few sections. 3. Why short stories: So what I short stories on? Why should you write them? Well, you contrast the origins of the short story from the oral storytelling traditions that predate even the written word. There are many contradictory definitions of a short story, but for this course we will go with the one that will probably be nearer to most editors definitions. The General Dictionary definition is a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter unless elaborate than a novel. That definition doesn't give much away on the opinion to the length of a short story differs widely. The most common length for short stories generally discussed, can range anywhere from 1500 to 30,000 words. Anything before that range is still a short story, but he's no often referred to as flush fiction. 4. Benefits: some of the benefits of short stories. Either you contest out lots of styles of writing without committing yourself to a longer piece of work, such as a novel. For example. You can change viewpoints. You can change plots or dialogue techniques with every different story. This gives you room to try out things without putting all your eggs in one basket, as you would have to do with a novel. You can try out different genres, too. See which ones you like, maybe romance or scifi o hora crime or literal fiction? Writing short stories also builds your credibility. So when you do want to sell a new novel, it thought is your plan. Eventually, you already have a head start as you will already be published. Underqualified short story writer. Another benefit is that you will lend while you in. Writing short stories is a quicker process than writing a novel. Therefore, you can get the mountains of the world quicker and start earning much faster. All the while you're learning your craft. Also, writing short stories will build your confidence, especially if trying to tackle a novel seems to intimidating. Initially 5. Selling v licencing: When we talk about selling your short stories, you never actually sell a short story. Instead, you license it. It is very important that you understand licensing of short stories. We will go over the basics of licensing hand, but it is important for you to do your own research regarding licensing. So when it comes to signing a contract to sell your short story, you know what you are signing on what future repercussions that might have if you come across a contract where you do no understand the right you are being asked for. It is strongly advised that you seek the help of a wire specializing in intellectual rights . Our professional writer, if you know one, as I said, you never really sell a story. Instead, you would be licensing a specific set of rights to a publisher. You may only have one story at the moment, but assuming it's a great story, you will be able to sell several different race to that one story. So in effect, you are not selling your story one time you are selling it several times. Therefore you will maximize how much revenue that one story brings in. So you have written a great story, and now you want to sell it to a publisher so they could do what publishes do best. Publish your story After submitting your story on it being successfully accepted by a publisher, the publisher will ask for set and rights to your story, depending on how they wish to use it. Some rights you can only sell once some rice you can sell numerous times. You in 10 will need to contractually agreed toe license those rights to the publisher or, if you don't agree with them, then negotiate with them. So you license on Lee the rights. You, as the writer want to some things to keep in mind When thinking about rice do the race, the publisher is asking for seeing fair unnecessary. For example, if you are selling your story to a print on Lee magazine, why would they ask for all of your rights? Also, are they offering you a fair price for the rights they are requesting on the You can make decisions about this, but keep these thoughts in mind when your story is accepted by a publisher and you are viewing the contract 6. Types of licencing rights part 1: Let's review some of the licensing rights that you may come across when you sell your best stories Festival Prince writes. Prince writes. Give the publisher the right to reproduce your short story by the medium of the printed form, for example, in a physical book or in a magazine Elektronik race. Give the publisher the right to reproduce your short story as an e book, for example, but not as a physical paperback book or a hardback book, Audio writes. Give the publisher the rights to reproduce your short story as a spoken recording, which they could distribute is an audio file such as an MP three. We'll make it available to play Vier website or turn into a podcast. Oh, releasing on a CD serial rights, Thies writes. Give the publisher the right to reproduce your short story within, for example, ah magazine, since the magazine is a serial publication. But more about these rights later, Anthology Rice Anthology writes, give the publish at the right to reproduce your short story within a volume of short stories from different office again. A little more about this favor on archival rights. Hi, Cavil writes, gives the publisher the right to hold on to your story in an online archive indefinitely after its first published. This generally only applies to Elektronik or audio rights in any contract. You are like to see a combination off any of these licensing rights we just discussed, besides many more that become more common as the media changes as we go into the future. 7. Types of licencing rights part 2: combined with the rights we discussed in the last section, you'll find over Rice, a publisher exception your story may wish to have. Among these are language rights. Most publishers were longer require language rights in the language that you have written on their publishing, for example, English. So in this example, you would only give them English rice so they can publish your story in English. Not in French, not in Germany, not in any of the language. Occasionally, professional magazines may ask for non English rights as well, so they could probably show story for farm magazines or anthologies. But this is not common. The golden rule is now to give away more rice. Then you have to. When you are selling your story, let's talk about one of the man writes on Most important rights you have another is fast rights. If your stories brand new on never being published before in any media print, Elektronik, audio or anything else, then you will initially be selling fast rights for your story. For any particular media, for example, you might sell fast electronic rights if you sold your story to an online magazine. Very important, you can only sell first, right once to a particular media or language. Here are some examples you have submitted your unpublished story to UK based print magazine . They don't do in Elektronik version of the magazine. The magazine is only sold in the UK They make you an offer asking for first you care serial rights in English. He's never example. Another print magazine based in the United States but also selling to English speaking markets outside the U. S. On they will produce an E book version of the magazine so they would probably ask for First World Cereal writes in English on Fast Elektronik Serial Rights. When looking at Elektronik race, make sure they do not include audio race. We should be licensed separately. A print anthology to be distributed well wide might request First World Anthology writes in English. And finally, one last example. A podcast broadcasting short stories were probably request fast audio rice in English. You tend to get paid more for fast rights, and you do for any of the race. You will be able to sell your story again, but the next time round, after selling fast race, you will be offering second race. These the rights that you sell in any particular media, print or audio after your sold fast rights for those particular media this is often referred to are selling as a reprints. Many top markets do not accept second write stories or reprints, especially if you are not yet established as an author. But second rights come often be sold over and over again. Unlike first rights, remember, First and second writes, applied to a specific media and language. For example, if you have a role on short story, you could license fast print race in English to a publisher who is putting together an anthology of romantic stories and then license fast audio rights to an audio short story website and then so very same story to a German publisher licensing them first. Print rice in German. You have lots of options. Geographic Rice, Geographic writes, relate to where the publication, usually a physical magazine or book, can be distributed once it has bought your short story. For example, a magazine that is only distributed in Australia. My task for first Australian serial rights in English, but a magazine that distributes to English speaking countries there on the weld, My asphalt Well, serial print writes in English. If someone has a Weld rights without specifying a language, they are actually asking for all languages. It is important to note that any rights you license to publish is having expiry dates in that you only license any particular right for a specific time period. After that time period, those rights, we bet back to you. So in effect, you can license these rights again, except for first rights, which you can only sell wants. And sure that when you do sign a contract, you are fully aware of when your rights will revert back to you, there should be a rice revision clause in the contract. If there isn't, you need to add such a close to the contract with the publisher or risk signing away your rights forever. Usually, rights revert back to you shortly after the publication as being published. So in magazines it may be a few months after the magazine is published over an anthology. It maybe a year ago, the publisher will hold the right to your wack so they can sell enough copies of their publication to get a fair return on their investment. I the money they have paid their offers on that production 8. Copyright: when you write a short story is copyright is automatically protected. The exception might be. If you were sending it to be considered by a movie studio, then a formal registration of copyright might be a wise move to double protect yourself driving down the line. Should some unscrupulous movie mogul decide to try a bit of copyright theft? Please note that copyright protects the manuscript of your story. Never words, how the words appear on the page and not the idea contained within the story. Copyright is time limited, so in the United States it stays in place until 70 years after your death. Copyright law and shows the moral rights of an author. Moral rice are designed to protect your work from being used to potentially harm your reputation as an author. Generally, you will not be asked for moral rights when signing contract, which would give the publisher permission to associate your story with something you might not want to be associated with. So if you are asked for moral rights, you need to consider very carefully why the publisher is asking for them on whether you should grand them. If in doubt, don't sign a contract asking for moral rights. Every contract is different and you are advised to do your own research. Having said that, it is becoming more common for publishers to ask for moral rights. If in any doubt, regarding your moral right status on a particular contract, you are strongly advised to seek the help of a lawyer as moral rights can vary from country to country, remember what we have covered here on right on licensing Is Justin over you? It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand the licensing of rights for your short stories to reiterate. This is not a legal advice and should not be treated as such. Do your homework when it comes to the licensing of your rights, do your own research regarding them and seek the advice of an intellectual rights lawyer. 9. Getting ready to sell: right, right and right again to sell short stories, you obviously must write short stories on lots of them. This will do two things won't improve your short story. Writing on also allow you to practice technique so that you are consistently improving on. Therefore, write better stories. Two, if you right, right and right again you will build a backlist of short stories that you can submit to pay markets. Don't just write one show story and send it out on weight. No has previously said right, right and right some more, right, the best stores you can. This may seem obvious, but ensure that your work is the best it can be. But once it is ready to send out into the world, don't hesitate. And don't be endlessly improving your story here and there by substituting a semicolon for a comma. If you are at that stage, you are probably making excuses not to send it out into the world. You might be fearful, but don't be. Before you submit your stories, have them proofread by someone you trust for any obvious tape, ours and grammatical mistakes. If you don't have anyone to trust to look at your work, you confined professional proofreaders online at places such as fibre or up work, depending on your budget. 10. The common types of short fiction markets: Whatever your favorite genre, you will find willing markets for your short stories. Some of the top markets for short stories tend to be women's magazines. Although there has been some decline in these markets over the last few years, there are still a lot of women's magazines that published short stories. Some of the key things to remember with these particular markets are the main characters are often women. Stories concerning explicit sex or violence are likely to be rejected. Stories that contain less than three or four characters tend to do better. They're easy to follow. Boy Mitt Gal storylines, although may be seen as a little old fashioned, still do well in women's magazines. Remember these adjust generalizations on every magazine will favor their own particular style. Mr. In Crime. I never massive and very trendy market. Not all these type of stories have to be whodunits, but they sometimes out on that take. This story does remain popular. Mystery and crime hide a whole lord of sub generous, but you might like to explore, such as espionage, hard boiled detective stories, humorous mysteries, lights, horror, domestic malice, police procedural, private eye thriller. A trial story. Evan horror ou Nadal's. If your stories fall into any of these brackets, then you have plenty to go for. Science fiction sometimes referred to a speculative fiction. This could include fantasy hot science fiction, magic realism, paranormal horror. Again, the sub generous under this umbrella are wide and varied literary stories, although there tends to be a loss of oval up and disagreement, literally, stories tend to focus on character and or writing style as opposed to mainstream or genre stories, which tend to focus on plots. This, of course, is a very broad definition. And as we've all the other markets discussed, Aaron Magazine will have its own ideas about what it was used to publish. Other markets include action adventure, erotica, humor, romance, Western or thriller on all the sub Jonah's off these So there are plenty of markets to approach whatever type of short stories you write 11. Finding and choosing markets 1: finding and choosing the right markets. So you have your first story ready to send out into the world. So why do you send it? Well, since this is a new story, never bean. So before you need to sell first rights because it's the first time you sold it, right? First rights are the most valuable rights, So don't give them away easily. Whatever you do on one of your opinion of your story off a first rate by your story to the top paying market within the genre you picked. This is common sense because if you start at the top of the market, you can work your way down the market should your story be rejected. If you were to start at the bottom of the market on your story was soon accepted. You always wonder if you could have sold those valuable first rates to the top of the market and made more money and gain more prestige. Don't put yourself through that trauma start at the top, but you might think, or my story isn't good enough. Once your stories out in the world, it will be judged, but not by you. Your opinion is biased. You wrote it. Let the editors of the magazines and the publications judge of this story is good enough, and if it fits him of what they want, that is their job. Your job is to write and send your stories. The top pain magazines. So what if you submit your story to the top in magazines and it's rejected? No problem. You have not lost face. That magazine or publication will still look atyour of the stories. The bottom line is that any magazine rejects more stories than it accepts. It doesn't necessarily mean that your story he's no good. There are hundreds of different reasons why a story might be rejected. So if your story is rejected by a publication, don't beat yourself up about it. Just send it out to the next time He's pain publication on your list. Rejection is part of a writer's lot. You'll get used to it on the quickly you do the quick you'll start something. Your stories. So what is a topping market? The top. A market will pair professional race, and they have a good reputation. Maybe they have bean on the girl for years and getting your story published in these types of magazines will impress other addresses who aspire to be like them. So what do they pay now? This varies from markets and market on genre to genre, but here is a rough guide to what you might prepared for fast rights. For the top from markets, you might get paired greater or equal to five cents aware semi pro markets. You might get between one and five cents per word, or at least $25 Paris story. Token markets would pay below one cent per word or $25 per story, but not free. So how do you find the markets to sell your short story, too? Generally, there are two types of markets that by fast rights these are magazines, even print or electronic. Four months or both are anthologies again, either in print or electronic formats or both tools to find markets for your short stories . There are several online tools that you can use to find markets for your short stories. Raylan is a well established website founded by right at Roland Conley. Here you can find a variety of markets for your short fiction, including horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, etcetera. At the moment, it's a free resource and also offer some great advice to writers. Whatever their preferred genre, the list of markets on the site is organized by pro semi pro Perez on four magazines and anthologies. 12. Finding and choosing markets 2: Okay, let's have a quick overview off the Rollin website. So here's the running website at rollin dot com. As you can see, the main menu is is centered in the middle of the website yourself. Do you? There is a lot of good information on this site. Onda. You will find markets fall your short stories for flash fiction for books, for anthologies, for contest. So, basically, just need to use this menu to kind of navigate around that as we see, if ever, in this course, you need to be looking at the highest Piggott pain markets fast and on the Rhine site. That would be the pro markets, some pro market. You're going to repair around six cents per where'd and basically you've got a list. So it tells you currently how maney market listings you got at the moment. So we are 30 38 Market list market listings At the moment on the rally in sight, it also tells you the new ones I've just come up or if anything's happened. So, for instance, Vice Out magazine, at this time temporary close for submissions on the dock, has moved from semi pro to the pro page. So maybe that's paying moment. And that used to do. If you scroll them down, you'll see the markets, and it will give you an idea off. Um, what is happening with the market at that particular time? So, for instance, Half inch cocks, Mystery magazine at last report shows and running about year behind replies So along Wild to wait. Um, amazing stories aiming for 8 12 stories. Pair issue that paying six cents away the where count is between 1000 and 10,000. If you want to send repress to them that they need to query it and there's an on site submission form to use with this particular market. Uh, see APICS magazine. It's a monthly magazine stroke podcast. Dark speculative flash fiction again. Six cents away. There was a tick Poems that 25 cents a line. It's pretty good. Ah, on podcast pay one cent a word. Many ceased ceaseless guys isn't irregular easing and podcasts again past six cents a word to set reprints? No, he submissions only. So from this, you can get an idea off the types off publications on markets that you can hit If you want to look anthologies again tells you how many market listings around for anthologies on the website on any news about any of them, a total. And then he goes, until this is anthologies. Okay, so what I've suggested do is getting to Roland dot com at some point, Have a look around it, get yourself familiar with it and see if you can find some relevant markets to the Jonah that you're writing it. 13. Finding and choosing markets 3: Aside from Roland, there are other tools to find markets for your stories. Another currently free markets list is the submission grinder or the grinder, and you'll find it here. This has a useful Satch feature, and here's how you might use it. Okay, let's have a look at the grinder. This is a different layout to previous rollin in many ways, much more simple. Essentially, you went up on the homepage, but the important bit for this take of website and search facility is the Satch function. So if you're searching for markets for your short stories, going to Satch, advanced search fiction quick on that and it brings you up basically a menu where you can pick exactly what you want to find out about. So say you have a short story in the science fiction genre. You can then pick science fiction from the drop down menu here, and then you can specify exactly what criteria you want to look for. However, I tend to keep most of this blank. I don't bother with land count, generally our submission type, because that only means electronica or personal. I don't bother with story length because us arbitrary, I want to do put in is standing at the top of Mount top of the market. Self paying, top paying professional markets will be about six cents away. So I would put in six there for six cents. A word on that will only bring up the markets that pier six cents. Omar. Andi, Unless I'm looking for anthologies only contest. I don't think these boxes on. Then I will generally, Satch. So what? We set you for a science fiction of any leads? Minimum pay six cents away. Click on search it brings up. But the current time 31 results, which is pretty good. So if we look at one of these and such results, we've got the analog science fiction and fact they're currently open for submissions. So if you got green over there, they all I deal with science fiction. So that is a genre on the let's accept our flash fiction. So if you live up 1000 words, short stories noble, let's I'm novellas, Okay. They faII eight cents away on their average response days. This is just an average, obviously, but it's the average time they take to respond back to you from when you submit your short story to them. So if you submit a short story to analog science fiction, in fact, you may end up waiting 98 days before they get back to you or you may not, because it's only an average. So you've got several. So you got 31 results here, all paying six cents, Omar. Something paying a lot more, um, even more. So writes it right into the futures contest races of future contests. Very well known and well paying contest. So you can stop a similar in your list off markets that you want to send this short story out to. On what I suggest you do. Just like the Rylan website is going to the ground and get familiar with it. Make sure you confined the markets. There isn't that many markets that pair six cents. So you will pick you Will stone stop. Sorry, you will soon stop to get um familiar with them anyway. 14. Finding and choosing markets 4 ver 2: Another tool you might want to try is your trope. W w dot do a trope dot com This is a period service, and that's time of publication of this course. It's about $5 a month, but you can try for free initially. One of the useful features of this tool is that you can track your submissions through the website. They also allow you to search for markets based on different criteria such a genre and period, etcetera. It's in a similar vein to the grind that we recently discussed. If literary or mainstream fiction is your thing, you may be better at finding markets reports and writers. Www dot PDO you dot ogg Once you have found the markets for magazines or anthologies, you wish to submit your story, too. Make a master list of all these 10 markets you want to submit to remember. Go for the best paying professional markets first and then start submitting a story to one market a time. But more about this later, as you start submitting your different stories to different markets, it was soon become confusing, and you want to make sure that you don't resubmit an error, a story that's already being rejected by a market. So you need a system to log all your submissions on at what stage they're at. There are several ways of doing this, including the submission track is built into the grinder and do a trope websites, or you can do it yourself with a simple spreadsheet. 15. Submission basics research: now that you have a list of potential markets. Before you submit that first story to the first market on your list, you need to do a bit of a deep dive into that market. Not me is doing a little research to ensure that your story will be a good fit for that magazine or anthology in the old days of purely print magazines. This could be expensive, untimed consuming, since it would probably involve sending off for a copy of the magazine, waiting for it to arrive by post, then gleaning the information from it when it arrives. Now it is with the Internet, things that generally a lot easier. The information you need to get up front cement show that your story is a good fit. Ah, what types of rights will they require? How much did they pay, what sorts of stories and they're looking for? Do they have a minimum or maximum? Where count on, How should you submit your story? Okay, let's have a bit of a deep dive into a magazine to see where a short story might fit. It is important to get this, but right, so rather than just submitting willing only to any magazine which comes upon the list from Grindr off umbrella. It's best to dig into that magazine as much we can. This is easily done generally now with the Internet, because you can go on and have a look at the magazine on what type of stuff they're doing. So say from for example, you've got, ah, a science fiction story. For example, it's about 1500 Weds, is a little bit of horror in it on. You want to find a market for that? So festival goes to the grind was normal big science fiction minimum pair Onda, then weaken. Such you re calculating and we know got our list off potential markets for your short story . So we want to make sure that, ah, since it's a science fiction story that science fiction is on genres Knittig science fiction on that they also take short stories. Essentially, this doesn't give much away, so you do need to dig into a little bit. So let's pick on Apex magazine. So if we click on their picks magazine, the text science fiction and take a little bit of horror as well, so we could you know that could be helpful that there is six cents our word on the usually back in 21 years. So going to Apex, you take into another screen where it gives you a little bit more about the, um, magazine are the publication that you're going to submit to so they take science fiction, fantasy and horror. Manage? OK, so if the tick science fiction that's a bit edgy, that's a good start for you. They also sexual stories between 1000 and 750,000 wet. So if yours is 1500 words, that's fine. That's in great electronic submissions. That makes it easy for you. They don't want any reprints. They don't take multiple submissions and they don't six simultaneous submissions. Okay, this graph down here just gives you a little bit of an idea. Don't get over awed by the amount of red on this. This is basically stories that are being rejected over the last period of this graph on all show story publications. Reject farmer story certainly actually accept what I suggest. Next is you go to the guidelines for the actual magazine itself. So submission. So this is actually on their website, Apex magazine's website on the guidelines are. Submit your story in shown standard manuscript. Former maximum forwards. We know that's OK. Anything more than that would be auto rejected impairment ISS six cents. I went. You also get an extra payment if they am Ocasio stories? Well, they don't accept recent reprints at the moment. They're not accepting poetry, but that's not of interest to you. So fairly straightforward. You just need to make sure that you submit properly and they also while you're here, it's probably a good idea to kind of go to the homepage and see what kind of stories they are actually being producing. So it just gives you an idea. That's the current issue of Efforts magazine this time, so it tells you it puts magazine. It's a monthly science fiction fantasy and horrible museum teaching featuring original on mind bending short fiction socios in a ritual on mind bending short story looks like a good fit. Okay, you could dig in from here and actually read some of the stories so it might give you an idea of actually what's being on the magazine before. Always useful from that point of view. Okay, close that now, I just stepped back to submission guidelines so you can look around the magazine, take more time than I'm taking. So I read a few stories. Just get a feel for the magazine, Okay? When you if you think it's a good fit and you're ready to submit, then click on the link here. This particular one I'm not. We'll take you through to form why you can submit your particular stories on to click on. You know that I'm just giving you would never, um, kind of irrelevant page There you can view the submission guidelines again. You already read them anywhere on. Then If it's fiction you want to submit in this particular case, you with click on fiction on the new basically presented with a form, So name email submission title the title of your story. The white count of your story. You can upload your file here a minute, call letter and then submit. So quite straightforward on you need to do that with any magazine that you're actually interested in formalist on submission grinder here. Okay. Hope you found helpful 16. Submission basics guidelines: how to submit your short story. The main thing when submitting a short story is to follow markets guidelines. Generally, most markets will allow you to submit your story, either by email as an attachment in a specific former, such as aware documents within the body of the email itself. Well, you may be asked to submit fire on online phone, where you will probably asked to send in touch mint of your story again by a specific format. Occasionally, you may be asked to submit a physical or a printed copy of your story through the regular mail, although this is becoming more and more right these days. Needless to say, if this doesn't care, never ever send your original money script. If you do this, if you do get asked to submit by regular mail, the guidelines will often ask you to enclose on unsealed, self addressed, stamped envelope with your story, especially if you want the market to return your story along with any correspondence from them. Then you need to ensure that you put adequate postage on this unopened on large enough envelope you can check. This is the post office to serve some postage on the hassle for the market editor, it is probably better to say that you do not require your copy back. Remember, you have only sent a copy of your story, but you will still have to send a stumped, self addressed envelope if they ask you to do so. These is where to get your story rejected is not to follow the market specific guidelines, so read the guidelines carefully and follow them to the letter. Bearing that in mind, there are some general rules, which are often followed when submitting manuscripts. When it comes to formatting your short story when you complete a short story when you serve it, make sure it follows thes formatting rules, and it will serve you reformatting drastically every time you submit it to a new market. Here, the general guidelines of formatting your short story manuscript black type on a white background on Lee only print on one side of the page. If you are submitting a physical manuscript, use only Korea or times New Roman funds. Set your point size to 12. Use at least one inch margins all around top bottom and sides. Use double spacing between lines on the first page of your manuscript, Put your name, address, telephone number and email address in the upper left hand corner in the top right hand corner of the first page. Put the word count rounded to the nearest 100 plus the title of your story centered one fed to halfway down your fast page one double space below your title Sent to your byline. That is the name you are publishing the story under. Whether is your name, your real name or a pen name. Begin the text of your story to double spaces below your by line in Dent, the first line of every paragraph on your text by half Image. Do not place extra lines. Spaces between paragraphs. Insert a pay cheddar in the upper right hand corner of every page of your money script. This should include your rail sand. Am not your pen. Name one or two important ways. Slip. Form the title of your story on the current page number, while the left hand margin should be straight. Apart from the paragraph indentations, the right should be left unjustified and ragged. It often helps to put end centered after the last line of the story this is just to help Editors identify the end of those stories, which can sometimes be ambiguous. These guidelines of flexible and should the submission guidelines to a particular publication said they want a slightly different former go without. This gives you the basics of manuscript formatting. However, I strongly suggest that you go over to this website for a more detailed insight into correctly form. I think your short story one of the market you decide to submit your story to you will need to attach a cover letter. Golden rules were cover letters out to keep it simple and to keep it truthful. Here's some do's and dont's for when you are putting together your cover letter. Rather, they're starting your cover letter. Dear sir or Madam, try to find out the Edison's name who will be receiving this story? You will probably be able to find this from the research you did into the publication, and I likely to find it on the publication's website. Personalizing these lesser in this way shows that you have at least on some research into that publication, which is always helpful. So rather than dear sir, use dear John Smith this way your personalized it but still kept her on a formal footing. Tell them briefly about your story very briefly. In other words, the title of this story. It's word Count on the name of the publication you are submitting it to also telling the status of your story into the words. Should you be looking to license first rights for this story, you would tell him that this story has not being previously published. What does that mean? Exactly what it says on the tin not published anywhere online, offline or anywhere. Tell him where about your other stories have appeared. If they have, make sure you want to mention the prestigious pro market you sold to and of West the ones that pay well. If you haven't had any of the work appear impaired markets, then leave this bit out. Most pro markets will not be impressed to hear that you were published by non pain markets , although they are likely to be impressed if of a pro markets that previously bought your short fiction. If you have previously sold a short story to the market, you are now submitting to their mentioned. That too, if you have one are being shortlist different in major awards within the genre, then mentioned those two Haysom donuts. Don't try to summarize or describe your short story unless you're specifically asked to. Don't tell them what genre your story falls into. If you've done your research well into the publication, your story should be a good fit. But in the end, that is the editor's decision, and he or she will make that choice. Don't include any information about your background unless it is very relevant to the story . For example, you are a retired detective and you are sending them a detective story unless asked for it . But it's most unlikely. Do not explain the genesis of your story. How you came to think of the plots, how you can't think of your main character. They will not be interested. How to avoid instant rejections. One. Always follow the submission guidelines to always include a couple lesser using the simple former previously described three. Always ensure that your manuscript is correctly formatted 17. Types of submissions: taps of submissions. Generally, the best way to submit your short stories are one story at a time to one particular market at the time. You won't go wrong if you follow this rule, but occasionally a market may say that they have multiple submissions. Accepted. Multiple submissions means you are allowed to submit more than one of your stories to that particular market at the same time, so you could send two or three of your stories to magazine A. Because they accept multiple submissions. Good idea. No, not really. Here's why most magazines only work one magazine in advance. Sir, if you send in, say, two of your stories, even if they're really like both of them, they would only use one of them for the sake of balance on the other one, even though they like. It would effectively be rejected as most magazines do, not whole stories for future editions of their magazine. Since your second story has been rejected, you can no longer submit it to the magazine for inclusion in a future edition. So for marketing is the best way to submit. Your stories are one at a time. However, if you come across an anthology that says, You can submit multiple stories then really, there is no problem because statistically when you submit more than one, you increase your chances of publication, and you don't have to worry that the stories that quite a rejected as this is a one off anthology. So you will not want to re submit again to the South ology because you won't get a chance. You may also come across the phrase simultaneous submissions. This means sending your short story to more than one market, one different market at same time. If you are thinking Oh yes, that's a good idea. I'll probably get published on period much quicker. However, here's a simple rule about simple sameness. Submissions don't do it, and here's why. So you want to submit a great story to several magazines over a couple of days? So your stories, then out there being assessed by the editors of all these magazines, we will have different deadlines, a different number of stories. They have to get through. Two of the editors really, really like your story at is the one getting took fast makes you an offer, which you accept. Bingo. Then, as it still gets in touch makes you an offer, and you say sorry, but you've already sold your story to another magazine. If you're ready to to, How would you feel now? You put in the effort to read the story, to make an offer and to make room for it in the magazine, and now he can't have it, and you have to start the whole process again. Even West, there may have been very little time to find a replacement story to fill the gap if they have a tight publishing schedule. Certainly use an offer have gone from promising new writer to someone they will never, ever want to publish again because you have messed him about. Even if the magazine guidelines state they accept similar attorneys, submissions don't risk it. Better to have several different stories out there for submission to different markets. It could get very messy very quickly, so to stay again. Simultaneous submissions just don't do it 18. Set up monotoring and keep writing 1: set up monitoring and keep writing. So now you know how to find markets for your short stories on how to submit them. So what do you do after you submit them? First, give yourself a mental pat on the back. You have written a short story and sent it out into the world and now await a response. But after the pats on the back on while you are waiting for a response, you need to start doing something else. I managed to write your next short story because that's what you do right. You are a writer on writers, right? So if you haven't already get working on your next show story because the more short stories you write and submit to markets, the quicker you will make your first sale on B appeared on published writer. So keep on writing right the next story and submit that to a market and then the next and then the next. Don't pin your hopes on just one or two stories. It might be a cliche, but the more arrows you shoes at the target, the more accurate you become on the cookie. You hit bulls eyes into the woods the more story who writes the better writer? You become the most stars you have. You can submit them quicker. I'm become a published writer. Much faster Writing short stories is tough, and in most cases, the first story you submit is likely to be met with a rejection letter. Don't went wrong for that to happen. Just press on with your next story. Aim to build an ever growing back list of short stories, and as soon as they are ready to submit them to the world, send him to the relevant market and keep them constantly. Circulation assumes the show of stories rejected. Send it on to the next relevant market developer next mentality. When an unaccepted story comes back, yell next and send it to the next market keeping track of why you sent your stories. As your backlist of stories grows and I submitted to the various markets, you'll need to keep track of them so you don't inadvertently send the same story out twice to the same market. Oh, miss sending out to a relevant market. You will also need to keep track of who has rejected them on who has bought them, because if you follow the plan of writing the best those you can and keep on writing and submitting more and more stories. You will sell short stories. You will need to keep track of where each individual stories submitted. Why don't you submitted it If it is rejected, are accepted. And when If accepted, the date of publication. How much you will prepared on Went on what rights you sold you may need. I want to track more than this list, but please use it as a guide. So what, you need to truck initially. So how do you track your submissions? Well, I use a spreadsheet with the new town free story. You can use something similar or copy mind, but start tracking immediately from your fast submission. Hes on mine, Wicks. As we discussed in this section, it is imperative that you log Andi, make sure that you keep track of the submissions of your short stories to any particular marketplace. The way I do it is on a simple spreadsheet such as this. So essentially, I will have a list on the left hand side of the markets that I am going to submit to our half submitted to save the websites or, um, their website address. Got a little bit then I have my story title. So this here, I would put the name of my short story. I'll put notes here in this column. Onda. Whenever I submit to short story, I'll just put a one in here so I can keep a count of how many submissions are putting Don't Here. I just have a list of of other markets I might be interested in on. What I do is I code the whole thing. So I have a code for a story submitted on the dates. So SS and then the debt story rejected When it comes back, if it's rejected, so s are on the dates story accepted. So when it was accepted, when it comes back and I would put the data in there, I have also multiple submissions allowed are expected response time. This is shortcuts to anything, anything quite nuts. Okay, so for this particular one my story take all this. Whatever. This story waas his example story. Um, I submitted to the groomed out magazine. I submitted the story SS on the 25th of the fast 18. It was rejected on the 24 for the 4th 18 So basically it's a get a couple of months for it . Rejected. I knew they took quite a long time cause I make it made a note that they're expected response time with 79 days as soon as that one's coming finished. I've resubmitted the story to the Midnight Hour anthology. Siri's So Story submitted 29 for the 4th 18 on, then usually take about 11 days to get back to me. So it gives me an idea of when I need or refining to chase them up and while my stories out there with them. And I just keep a running total of how many submissions are putting off that helps my tent acute things as simple as possible on this is simple. Work me to make sure that I, uh, can keep truck my stories. So I said a Pacific tab for each of my stories. So example this one on other stories of mine, I hope this is helpful. Thank you. I've attached a copy of the spreadsheet for you to editors you please to get you started your spreadsheets on your thing, then you might try to submission Trucker that comes with Do a trope has mentioned previously. But please note this is a paid service or the submission tracker that comes with grind it also previously mentioned, which is currently free. 19. Dealing with rejections: dealing with rejections. You will get rejections. No, seriously, you will. All writers have them even the best. It's part of the game, so the sooner you get used to it, the better. So when you start getting rejections, remember you are in good company. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times on Frank's Diary of a young girl rejected 15 times. Carrie, by Stephen King, was rejected over 30 times. Zen and the Art Most Cycle Maintenance by Robert and Perisic. Over 100 times. The classic dune by Frank Abbott was rejected 23 times and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was rejected 12 times. And J. K. Rowling was told not to quit at J job. But why, you ask? Well, in most cases, they won't tell you why it could be a story needs more whack or it is full of grammatical errors or just is likely. They already have enough good stories for that magazine that month, and they couldn't fit in all the white count was too long or to show, or it didn't that their theme accurately or 1000 other reasons. But whatever the reason, Waas unhuman, never knew what it waas. Don't dwell on it. And don't take it personally. Ever. You may be tempted to write back to them, depending on how we feel to say that they are crazy for rejecting your masterpiece of fiction. Or you may want to bang your head against the wall, repeating that you will never make it as a writer. Both of these approaches are very unhelpful. The only thing you need to do with the workers being rejected is to immediately send it on to the next market on your list without hesitation. As soon as you have done that, carry on writing your next great story. Get into a routine of immediately sending out rejected works to the next market. Remember next. Next next, you will soon become hard into rejection letters on the Faster You Do that, the sooner you will hit an acceptance letter on be published. If you do happen to get a rejection, let's from an editor who does offer some negative feedback. Remember, it's not personal. If they are taking the time to give you feedback, whether positive or negative, then they obviously think enough of your work to respond taking on board what they have to say. But remember, whatever they think is on Lee the thoughts of one person, it might be valid, and it might be an experienced opinion, but it is just an opinion. So if you think they have some valid points, you may want to consider them. But whether you change the story or not is up to you. It is your story on the next editor might love it. So think long and hard before changing her story. Unless, of course, they're pointed out a lot of typos and grammatical errors, which issued obviously fix immediately. Whether you get a rejection letter with or without any feedback, do not reply to that rejection letter or not, editors generally won't have time to read it. And if you are tempted to justify why you should be published on why they are blind to your fantastic stories, you won't like you to get blacklisted. Oh, I know a total waste of time and effort. Remember, all you need to do. We send this story onto the next market on carry on writing. Remember, Rejection equals success. The quick it you accumulate rejections that quick it, you will get to your fare sale and beyond 20. Dealing with Contracts: So you finally get the email you've been waiting for. A magazine or an anthology loves your story. I want to buy it. Congratulations. But what happens next? What happens when your short story is sold? You will now become fronted with a contract. Don't panic, but certainly don't underestimate how important is to get this part that process rights. So put your business head on. I can give you the general highlights on contracts here, but contracts a tricky beasts on forever morphing into different variations, especially with the ever changing developments in technology on the way we consume the written word. So, as I've said before, the falling is for gardens only. And you are strongly advised to seek legal advice because I'm not a lawyer regarding any contract you are to sign. And at the end of the day, you will decide or no to sign any contracts and therefore is your decision. First off, let's understand that contracts are very, very important because they determined who has the rights to your story. So in the West case scenario, signing off on a poor contract could mean you lose the rights to your story. In other words, Even though you spent hours conceiving this story on writing the story, the story is actually no longer yours. Okay, so you sold the story and they want to buy your story. They will, in all likelihood, send your contract to sign. First thing you need to do is really very carefully. A contract is a two way street. Just because the market has sent you a contract doesn't mean you have to agree of everything in that contract. No, If there are parts in the contract that you deemed unreasonable or you flat out disagree with, then you could request it to be changed. When you are reading through your contract and show that you're aware of the key closes, you should look out for my short story. Contracts are generally straightforward. He should be relatively easy to pick out. Here are some of them. One what rights that you've been asked for. On when do those rights revert back to you? Check if the right you have been asked for our reasonable, for example, if they are audio only publication and they're also asking for print rights are you okay with that? Or if they ask for electronic rights, which are by default. Weld RACE If you are not all right with that, then you may want to ask them to change the contract. In the end, it's your decision. You also need to carefully check when any rights revert back to you, because that's a day after which you can then re license of rights to a new publisher, Bracing magazine after, I bet after a specified period after the magazine is published, usually a few months, depending on how often the magazine is published for anthologies the rights typically Rivette back to you a year after the anthologies published. But these aren't written in stone to what will be my legal liability. This close usually appears primarily to protect the publisher. Basically, they are asking you to declare that this story is your own work on that you haven't Plagiarized isn't anywhere, and that's it doesn't break any laws etcetera. Basically, the publisher wants to make sure that your story does not start a lawsuit against them. So when you review this close, make sure you agree completely with it, as it is legally binding. Three. What happens if the magazine are Anthology Never actually publishes your story. If the publisher does not include a close to cover this, then you may need to amend the contract and set a time limit on when in your weight Rebound . But to you should this story not be published within a set time for him, this could be a year for a magazine or two years for an anthology. This will stop your story sitting in limbo for all eternity should there not publish it for whatever reason. Also within this close and his wife checking if you will still get paid. Should they not publish your story, you should still get paid as you need to be compensated for the West to term when you could have sold a story to end of the market full. What happens to my story if the magazine are Anthology goes bust are sold? Basically, if the magazine or anthology falls before publishing your story on paying you, all the right should regret back to you. If this isn't in the contract, then you should add it. If they sell the magazine or anthology, then you should ensure that your rights and contract does not automatically be reassigned to new buy it without your consent. If the new publisher wants your story, you will need a new contract from them. Five. What control will I have over any changes to my story in shows close includes something like the publisher will make no major alterations to story all the title. Otherwise, you don't want them significantly changing your story. But they may ask for small editorial permissions. Make mine a copy. Editing, which is generally fine. Six. What am I being paid for? The rights that I agree to Obviously check how much you're going to be paid. Is it correct? Is it what you was expecting on when and how will you repaired? 21. Selling reprints: selling reprints and maximizing the revenue from your short stories in the next couple of sections. We're going to talk about how you could make more from your short stories by effectively selling them again. But before we do that, make sure that you've gone through and fully understood the previous sections on licensing rights on contracts. If you don't have an understanding of how rights and contracts work, then you are allowed to make a mistake on land yourself in legal hot water. So make show you have a good understanding of the rights licensing to the marketplace. The good news is that when you understand the rights you have available for your work and you license those rights correctly, you can sell your work again and again. And again, imagine you have a shelf story. You can sell some of the rice to that short story multiple times. It's like having several short stories to sell, but you only need to write the one once. Here are some of the types of rights you can sell from just one short story, Fast Print writes in English First, Elektronik writes in English, Second writes in English, also known as reprints in both print and electronic Fast Audio writes in English. Fast rice in a foreign language as we've discussed previously fast rice on what you would license fast one. Licensing any story. They tend to be the most valuable regards income on. As the name implies, you can only license them once, but after you license your story for first rate, you couldn't adolescence your story for second race. Let's have a look at that in a bit more detail. Unlike fast race, you can license off South Second Rights, also known as reprints, over and over again. But you don't call him fed or for friends, etcetera. You just call them second Rights. So, in essence, you can keep on selling your story over and over again as long as you confined markets to sell it to finding reprint markets. To sell your story, too, is essentially the same process were previously being through. But this time you are only looking for markets that takes second right or reprints. So he's just quick video on finding reprint markets for your short stories, so essentially you can go to the grinder or relevance. I will use the ground here just to counter as an example will continue with science fiction . So that science fiction genre any length minimum pay, you don't generally get paired well for reprints. So what I would do is put one sent in that which basically means it will bring up all the pain markets for reprints on. Then you can take here where it says accepts reprints, press susceptible and again. Okay, you still got quite a few results. It's 20 results here. Andi, not awesome. Appear in the minimum. But some of these peer awards might be far not reprints enough ways. Original lack. So you need to check into that. So don't take it as a given that all these markets take reprints again. You need to going to any of them any of the particular publications to find out what they're actually looking for. So, for example, escape pod. Here you go to escape part Duh. Okay, It's excites fiction. A textual stories where it counts guidelines takes us to the escape part website fiction, submission guidelines. It's a podcast anyway, so it's a publishes both texts under audio. Okay, Hammond is six. Since I wear for original fiction on a $100 flat rate for reprints of any length. So they do take reprints. Okay, so it's just we're checking that double checking that they do actually take reprints before submitting to any of the magazines. Um, that off pops up on your list, OK? Reprint markets generally appear less than fast right markets, but that's no big deal, because you will have already sold your story to a high opinion. Fair strikes market, and you can continue selling second rights to as many markets. Is you confined. So any market that pays you for reprint rights is great. Remember when submitting a story to reprint market, you need to say in your cover letter where your story first appeared and when. 22. Selling Foreign language rights: selling foreign language rights. Once you've licensed the English rights to your story, you may want to consider selling rights to a foreign language magazine are anthology with foreign language rights. You can sell your story in multiple languages and so sells to several foreign markets, just like English best magazines. Foreign magazines come and go and can be a little bit more difficult to track down, so I've attached a list of the current ones other this time to get you started. Another thing. When you are looking to sell your story to a foreign language market, make sure that they accept stories in English and that they will do the translation to their own language at no cost to you. Getting your story translated yourself into, say, French would be very costly for you, and you will probably not recoup the cost of the translation, so don't do it. Also make sure that any foreign market you come across except onto listed short stories that a previously being published in English as discussed in the section previously regarding simultaneous submissions. The general rule is don't do it, However, if you are submitting your story to a German market on the Spanish one. That's fine. There is no conflict of interest. Just don't submit your story at the same time to to Spanish markets or to German markets or to French markets. So just to recap, you have a short story. Your first objective is always to sell, First writes in English. After that, should you wish to sell your story to any specific foreign language markets, your objective would be to license him first. Foreign rights in that particular language so fast writes, relates to the language. So first writes in English, First writes in German, first writing, French etcetera, etcetera. Of course, once you saw fast race to any specific foreign market, you can then only offer Second writes in that language to that market. 23. Selling Audio rights: selling Hold your rights audio on particularly podcasts. Podcasts are a large and growing market where you can have your work published. Generally, a podcast market will have your wedding erase it and produced on made available to their listeners and subscribers through platforms such as iTunes. You can find podcast markets by using the Rollin website Satch function or delving into iTunes and find them from that. They're pretty easy to find unusually have an accompanying website giving Fabbri information regarding submissions. Okay, Finding podcast publications to send your short stories to is pretty simple, especially if you got iTunes. So going to iTunes going to your iTunes account? I mean, go to stall on, then go down to here. Unchanged two podcasts. So rather than music parkas Okay, we got a podcast here on Essentially, you can, uh, way through these podcasts serious wounds. Or you could do such so we set for short stories installed. Then it will essentially bring up short story podcasts air. From now you can go into them clicking to any of them. Find out what they are doing, what type of short stories they are are using on often there is a website. So if this is, this is light speed science fiction and fantasy magazine very well known on. If you go to the website from iTunes, then you can find out what submit a story. You submission guidelines, same kind of thing. So that's how you would find my podcast markets for your short stories. Hopes of being helpful Podcasts and audio markets will generally by fast Audio, writes in English. The geographical rights and I always mentioned ticket is a given that they will distribute worldwide. Has anyone in the world will be able to download them to listen to? 24. Go on and Going Indie: Let's talk a little bit about self publishing. Once you have written a few short stories on built up, your backlist is discussed. There are several ways in which you can leverage it, from selling to print magazines and anthologies to selling foreign language rights to something to audio markets such as the ever growing podcast markets. On may be when you get a few short stories published, publishing several of your stories together as a collection under one publisher. But what about self publishing your stories? Even as one offs or any collection companies such as Amazon have now made it relatively easy for new writers to publish their own stories. Director. Amazon. Cutting Out the Middleman The publisher that is you become the publisher. A new published director, Amazon. Our Apple Oh kobo, you are the writer on the publisher. Sounds great here. Well, some of the advantages of going independence with your writing, often with the likes of Amazon, is that you often have the option of publishing a paper about copy using that print under months services, you'll generally also have full control of how your work is produced and presented to the reading public and often you will get a better royalty rate. Then he would do going through a traditional publisher. Some of the disadvantages of doing yourself are around discover ability. Whilst it is relatively easy to self publish, it is quite another to actually be found by your potential readers when you were in competition with thousands and thousands of similar books and stories in their genre. After all, it is easy to be published on Amazon, so a lot of writers do it I never issue is cost. Unless you are very, very talented and have a lot of time on your hands, you will need help publishing your stories independently, from cover design to page formatting to proof. Reading to promoting the list can seem to go on a known on all of these services cost money . This cause, as we said right at the beginning, is not about self publishing your stories. There are a ton of courses and books that will cover that topic in detail. But if you are thinking about self publishing under thinking about going through traditional publishers as this car, steels with the two wells are not incompatible. But you need to think very carefully about how you could use both methods, so I lay on the line. If you are going to go down the indie roots at some points, don't do it straight away. Instead, sell the fast rights of your stories to a traditional paying publication. Fast. Why? Because you can only license first rights once. So if you independently publish your in Seoul stories yourself, then they have been published because they have already being published by you. You cannot license first rice for them. To any of the publisher. You have users precious rights up. So if you are still considering going down the indie roots wait at the very least until you are sold first, right to a handful of your stories. Then you can even put them up on that was on as individual stories, depending on their length or is a collection of stories. Even if you do decide to do this, I would still say sell as many rights fast second, foreign audio, etcetera before taking that route. As I've already said, publishing your short story yourself can be time consuming and costly, and you will need help. So if you are considering it, here is a list of useful contacts to help you along the way 25. The story submission flowchart: over the last few sections. We've talked about contracts. We talked about licenses on which has about the right to your stories on way. You confined publications on anthologies where you can sell those stories. So now let's go from the story submission. Process the whole thing from start to finish using one of your stories an example. So festival. Whatever your stories, right? Your story. Once you've written your story the next step, he's always seems to make sure that you've proofread it completely. Or honey proofread. AnAnd isn't completely so. It's ready to go. It's the it's a real article. The next step is to former your Story in standard money script Former, which we discussed in an alley section. So make sure you save when you finally finish. Your story is edited. Proofread. Make sure that you format it in standard money. Script. Former As we discussed down, if you need to go about sacks section, please do. Finally, we start to search for paying markets, So use the tools that we just guessed that Eliot to find the right pain market for your story, where it's a good fit. The right genera the right length of story. I'm fitting in nicely with the market that you're looking at. The next step is to submit your story to that chosen market. And while you're waiting, you need to write your next story. No point for twiddling of thumbs and waiting for them to come back to you. He could take a couple of days. You could take a couple of months. It could stay longer. So in the meantime, right, your next story. Okay, so eventually, we get a response from the market on stories rejected. No, the end of the world. This is a common occurrence. So what do we do? We, Satch, the pain markets again on we re submit to the next market that fits our story. You may already have a list of markets that you want to submit this story too. In this case, you don't need to Satch again. You just go to the next one on the list. Resubmitted. This needs to be done instantly. So as soon as you get a rejection, don't worry about it. The best thing to do is to resubmit that story to the next available market. Okay. You should make your story and the stories accepted. This is the best. Well, so when stories accepted, you will get a contract. So you need to review that contract. As we discussed in previous sections, make sure you review completely. If there are parts of it that you don't particularly agree with, all you need to amend. Then amend those parts and send the contract back to them, asking them to amend the contract contracts all. OK, sign it and send it back. And then you can basking in the glory and wait for your short story to be published in the anthology on magazine Use of 22 but not for too long because you guessed it. You need to get back to writing and that is the whole process. Everything looked back around to getting back to writing, so it's basically rights. Submit right, submit right, submit buildup, you backlist and make sure that you've always got plenty off stories circulating within the publications that you send them out to. So no story should be laying dormant in a car of the room, make sure you've worked on it, polished it and send it out to a relevant publication 26. Final words: well, not brings us to the end of the coast. I hope you've enjoyed taking the costs as much as I enjoy delivering it. Hopefully during this course, you're found out how to find the markets for your short stories, how to sell your very first short story. How is the leverage your writing efforts with licensing on rights on how to build a portfolio of short stories that you can sell on on on on on Thank you for your time on the best of luck with your short story writing efforts in the future. Thank you.