My 1st Article Published with Indyfest Magazine!

I had an opportunity to speak candidly with a fellow author-turned-small-publisher recently and the results became the article Slush Pile Salutations. If you happen to be a writer looking at breaking in to traditional publishing, I think this article will not only make you smile (and shake your head) but realize that you still very much have a chance at being recognized for the great work you do.

For those of you who are readers, this article might just give you a chuckle at how some new authors catch a miss-step by not reading submission guidelines… it’s really an eye-opening read about the preparedness (or more accurately not) of new authors trying to break into the market.

I had a blast chatting with author & publisher Douglas Owen – I hope you have just as much fun reading about it πŸ˜‰

Slush Pile Salutations

Indyfest Mag

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8 thoughts on “My 1st Article Published with Indyfest Magazine!

  1. Congrats, MJ!!!!


  2. when I was staring out, odds of something like 10,000 to 1 were cited on being accepted by publishers. which sounds horrific, but someone told me how many submissions were in purple crayon, or other such strangeness. the odds are a lot lower if you send them what you want, they are busy people, and expect authors to be professional. So good article.


  3. I enjoyed this piece. There was great advice given with humor. Thanks for sharing, M.J.


    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Suzanne πŸ˜€ It really was an eye-opener speaking with Doug. I had no idea so many 1st timers still made these mistakes! With the advent of the internet and the ease of doing research I just took for granted that everyone ‘followed the rules’ πŸ˜‰


  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Click on the link provided to see MJ’s informative full article πŸ˜ƒ


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