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Sell Your Own Secrets Or Maybe Someone Else's
by Peggy Fielding
Hungry to sell your short stories? Even in
today's tight fiction market, your short stories can be sold. There is a group
of editors who are eager to read your work, to publish your stories, and to pay
you for the use of your words and ideas.
Is there a catch?
Well, yes. There are two bits of information you
must consider if you want to write for these folks. You'll receive no byline
under your story title for one thing and you must follow that particular
market's story formula for another.
Okay, okay, Peggy. I can live with those
strictures and I still want to sell my writing. What is the name of this
magazine which is so eager to buy my short fiction?
MagazineS, my friend, as in more than one. There
are ten of them, in fact. They're called Confession Magazines. They are TRUE
CONFESSIONS, TRUE STORY, TRUE ROMANCE, and TRUE LOVE.
Also, BLACK CONFESSIONS, BLACK ROMANCE, BLACK SECRETS, BRONZE
THRILL, JIVE and TRUE BLACK EXPERIENCE. All are published by
All the magazines print anywhere from six to
twelve short stories (or more) in each monthly edition. That means 100 or more
short stories are published every month. Wow! And that doesn't even count the
nonfiction, poetry and contest entries which they also offer their
Millions of determined Confession Magazine fans
are faithful readers. They purchase and read their favorite magazines through
subscription or by purchase from magazine stands or through sharing with
friends, each and every month.
Confessions are usually the story of one woman's
problem and how she handles and solves that one problem. They are not stories of
sexual adventures per se (unless that is her problem!) Many of the stories don't
even offer one word about love or sex.
Can writing for the confessions advance a
writer's career? Yes indeed, in many ways. First, the writer gains experience in
writing fiction. Second, the writer adds to his or her bank account while
learning the trade. (Yes, men can write and sell confessions) Success brings
inner confidence and raises writers' faith in their ability to write novels
and/or nonfiction books.
Are editors looking for new writers for the
confessions? Yes. If you can draw a sympathetic narrator who is working to solve
her problem, a problem that echoes the problems faced by many of our confessions
readers, you can sell.
Our loyal readers range in age from early teens
to the eighties or older.
The market is wide open to our submissions. Take
a flying leap into the Confessional Pool. Swim to make yourself known and to get
into the daily writing habit. Become a selling writer.
Your short fiction can point you to larger
markets, perhaps even to books. If you can write one 4,000 word story, you can
do that same thing fifteen or twenty times more and the words will add up. Keep
writing those 4,000 or 5,000 word chunks and you'll soon have yourself an 80,000
word novel or nonfiction book, whichever you have chosen. Congratulate yourself,
then get back to your keyboard.
© Copyright 2003, Peggy Fielding
Peggy Fielding has published jillions of confession stories. She frequently lectures on writing confession stories. Visit Peggys website at: PeggyFielding.com
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