A couple of months ago I'd decided I was going to keep submitting to Byline until I got something accepted, and that persistence paid off. Now I've got a theory and have decided to test it out on a new publication: Skirt!, which is a fun, playful magazine published both online and in print.
The theory? That if the same editors see my name month after month, attached to professional submissions, eventually they'll accept something from me. It's kind of like the "courting" thing that Carolyn See talked about in her book.
Seeing as my submission to Skirt! two weeks ago not only received an actual reply back - but a nice rejection at that (!) - I figure I'm off to a pretty good start. Hey, we've already shared our first exchange...although not exactly the one I'd hoped for. This week I wrote a second article for Skirt's "Detour" issue coming up in August. Next I'll write one for their issue in September...then November...
The plan is to keep targeting publications that I'd love to list in my writer bio. The first one's down. Next are Skirt! and the Christian Science Monitor. I figure the more well-known, respected publications I can list as clips in my queries and on my bio, the more likely I'll be to catch an editor's attention & land more acceptances.
So, the courting begins!