I Threw My Writing Out And It Stuck
Tips on Writing and Submitting To Literal Magazines
Last week I received an email that a story I submitted to a teen Christian magazine had been accepted for publishing. First of all, I could not remember the story at first glance but then I did and was surprised that they accepted it. After dancing for about 30 minutes to Godwin, I read the mail carefully and with glee. This deserves a masala chai I and a lot of flashback because when did I write or submit this?
I Threw My Writing Out, and It Stuck
While cooking ugali traditionally, they’d throw it on the wall and if it stuck, the ugali is not yet ready. I threw my writing out and it stuck. I’m a writer now. There’s a lot of validation that comes from being accepted into literal magazines. Submitting to literal magazines helps you gauge how your writing is, how flexible your writing is to change per publication rules and with the rejection with comes with it, thicker writing skin.
This is my first acceptance to a magazine or publication. I submitted a lot last year and this is a pleasant surprise. Not only does the compensation allow me to further my writing projects but it also adds a point in my writing CV, pub and editor connections and inspires me to pursue writing.
Hard work pays guys and it’s time to do more research and submit some more. I’m not a pro yet but here are my tips while looking for writing magazines that pay:
Look for magazines that write about topics you’re interested in.
In this way, you earn money, get published and make an impact in one sitting. If you’re looking for ways to make more money and support yourself then you can submit to any magazine and tailor your writing to their audience. Otherwise, I prefer writing about topics that interest me.
Write on the topics you have in mind
Treat your mind like money, don’t waste it. ~ Sophia Amoruso, GirlBoss
When I decided to submit to magazines as an experiment, I decided it would be either about faith or young adult. Now, although I read YA a lot in high school and can write on it, my days reading Mills and Boon, Silhouette and Intrigue novels are over.
So I decided to write for teen Christian audiences struggling to make sense of their faith or undermining their work.
What do you want to write about but never get to? For me, it was travel and fashion. I felt I had no authority as I have never left my country but I made a blog anyway and it’s doing great.
Finally, submit a lot.
Write the stories in your head. Throw them out and see what sticks.
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Sarah Nderi is an author, data analyst, fashion enthusiast, a lover of Korean drama and comedy. She received her BSc Economics and Statistics at Egerton University and lives in Nairobi, Kenya. You can find her work at MumsVillage and at her site, NderiSarah. Support her in putting her brother through school here.