Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on December 10, 2017, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2019 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Either I or another editor will start making assignments sometime around the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.
What We Like
So, what do we prefer? The best way to figure that out is to read a recent edition or two of Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Anyone familiar with the book will know that it offers articles on the business of writing fiction as well as pieces on craft and technique, in addition to interviews with well-known novelists.
For instance, last year’s line up of interviews included Steve Berry, Liane Moriarty, Scott Turow, and Junot Diaz. Craft articles included a piece on mastering the art of the unexpected, unleashing storytelling superpowers, driving theme from character and plot, and foreshadowing and echoing. The business articles included pieces on selling books, publishing short stories, and creating a literary community.
Put yourself in the shoes of freelance fiction writers and think about what would help them find more success. That’s really the best way to understand what our target audience is most interested in reading.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. If you’re in doubt, go ahead and pitch it.
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How to Submit
Now that you know what we like, here are some guidelines on submitting:
- Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. I don’t like attachments.
- Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: 2019 NSSWM Pitch
- Begin with your pitch (or pitches) BEFORE introducing yourself through your bio. While your experience will be important, I’m more interested in your article idea(s).
- If you have more than one pitch, include them all in the same e-mail (labeled as pitch 1, pitch 2, etc.). Please avoid sending me several e-mail messages (even if you realize you included a typo in your original pitch).
- Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) December 10, 2017.
Some Other FAQs
There are a few other questions potential writers ask each year. For instance, we do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, I don’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned.
Freelancers for the book do receive a contributor copy, and we pay reprint fees for articles that are included in other editions of the book. Plus, we buy first rights–so it’s a writer-friendly deal.
Now, get to work thinking about what to pitch. We need great articles.
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books, writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, maintains the Poetic Asides blog, co-hosts a podcast for writers with Brian A. Klems, speaks at conferences, leads online webinars and tutorials, and so much more.
Robert is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, a poetry collection published by Press 53. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he’s been a featured poet across the country at poetry events in Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and more.
Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
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