Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Shouldn’t Include Publishing Goals

But that doesn’t mean you should throw the baby out with the bathwater

Sandi Parsons
Inspired Writer

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I’ve never been one to set New Year’s Resolutions, but for the last three years, there’s been a constant on my publication goals — a target literary magazine.

It’s a magazine that many Australian children's authors say kickstarted their careers.

The first year there were ten submission opportunities. All of them whizzed by without me submitting once — I still remember vividly how intensely disappointed I was at the end of the year as I reflected on my publication goals.

But I had no-one to blame but myself.

The second year, I rushed off a submission without paying too much attention to their guidelines, formatting, or style. Instead, I was full of the convictions that my submission was pure brilliance. My dream magazine rejected my “brilliant” submission within twenty-four hours. It’s not the only rapid “hard no” my writing has received, proving that taking the time to study a publication can save embarrassing submitting gaffs.

Last year, I submitted three articles early in the year. Each article received a rejection letter around the two-week mark. Mid-year, I sent off another piece. This…

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Sandi Parsons
Inspired Writer

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.