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June 18, 2011 1:47 AM Subscribe
Where would be the best place to submit non-fiction essays?
posted by schmichael to media & arts (10 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Hi! I'm not an established writer at all, and I would like to try and get some writing out there. I want to write and publish non-fiction primarily, probably focussing on opinion and analysis essays. I was wondering how I should go about this.
Maybe my question is bit broader than it seems. I guess first of all I'm wondering where would be best to start submitting content to. Like I say, I don't know how this process works. I don't know if it's best to just start a blog and go for it, or to look for a publication of some kind with editorial support. I don't know if this means trying to become an internet figure and tweeting and blogging and reblogging and all that. I don't know what you do before money starts to appear.
I was looking at a site called Thought Catalog which I thought looked great. But I don't know the site that well or if it has much reputation or prominence. Also TC doesn't pay for content - you do it for personal and professional development, not money. I have no problem with this except that it would be great to be able to help support myself through writing and publication. This might sound pretentious, but I think that if I take the right steps this is possible for me. However I am uncertain of the process to take.
Hmm. I should mention that money is by no means my only motive for or definition of success. But it is figurative of success, and I think it is a good way to structure goals in an otherwise ill-defined career process. I am also looking to develop my writing, develop my thinking, and hey, hopefully even develop a reputation : ) I think editorship is an important part of this process of development, and a good editor is an invaluable asset - especially in this world, where the margins have changed so dramatically and so rapidly for modes of publication, expected audiences, and possible subjects, and so much else.
I think it might help define what I'm looking for if I mention that I really like the New Yorker and greatly admire its discursive writing, but it's not the style I'm interested in. New Yorker essays are usually pretty long and tend to go for poignant, subtle, ambiguous, unexpected and startling topics. Not to say I don't want to include these elements in my writing, but I feel like I more enjoy thinking about and coming up with opinions on social changes and historical developments and the significance of modern culture and that sort of stuff. I guess more focussed and analytical, and almost certainly a lot shorter than the New Yorker - not to say that New Yorker stuff isn't brilliant!
So yeah, if anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them! Hope I'm not blowing my own trumpet here either : )