Most writers want to have their work published or performed and so it is important to have some idea of where to market your work.

The first thing to realise is that this is not the same place for every writer. We each write about different things and in different ways and the successfully published or performed writer is the one who is able to identify the niche in the market which exists for them.

 Here are some of the places where you might consider marketing your work:

  • Magazines: mainstream and small press magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Anthologies: writers group publications, anthologies following from academic courses, specialist anthologies ( sport, cookery, transport, etc ), collections of short stories or poems
  • Competitions
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Literary Publishers: local, regional and national
  • The internet: ezines, websites for writers of different genres, blogs, online writers' group's websites
  • Literary agent

Marketing your work successfully can often take as long as it does to write it ( sometimes longer ). This is why lots of people give up!

Traditionally the best comprehensive guide to markets has been the 'Writers and Artists Yearbook'. There is one out for 2011. 

However, the internet now provides a vast source of information for writers wanting to be published both in web-based locations and in hard copy. The 'Links' page of this website will provide you with some sites to get you started ( we hope that this will develop as a resource as more members contribute useful 'links' ).

A good technique is to build up a file ( or a folder in your 'favourites' section ) to keep all your potential markets information together.

Remember it is always best to see some previous examples of the market to which you are submitting and it is vital to observe the 'submission guidelines'. It is a complete waste of time  sending work to a publisher when you know it is not the kind of thing they want. You would be surprised how many people do this!

In Bridgnorth Writers we have lots of writers who have been published. Why not ask them after one of our meetings about how they did it?

 David Bingham, © April 2011.