Jeff Seymour - Author of Fantasy, Literary Fiction, & c.: The Hitlist

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Hitlist

So, when I launched this thing a few weeks ago, I mentioned that it was in honor of my first short story submissions since I was a kid. I have now finished with that first round of story submissions and moved on to putting the final touches of paint on Soulwoven. Before I send that out and promptly forget about the short stories for awhile, I want to take a moment to mention the tool I used to submit my short stories, because it is amazing.

It's called Duotrope, and one of my old professors at Hamilton College named Tina Hall turned me on to it when I asked about short story markets. In addition to offering hands-down, bar-none the best short story market database I could find (take note, Writer's Market), it sports the following:

Duotrope calls it the submissions tracker, and it makes my life a lot easier by giving me an easy way to keep all my submission info in one place. As you can see, I submitted three stories to five markets, and if I'm lucky, I'll hear back about them all by, oh, six months from now. Duotrope is free, so if you write short stories, or know someone who write short stories, pass the good word along.

And if you happen to know anyone who works at the magazines I submitted to, tell them to keep an eye out for me, would you?

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