I have recently written a post answering a question about publications:
How Can I Publish Everyday If I Have To Wait For Big Publications to Accept My Stories?
Good question. Here’s my answer.
In the comment section, I found an interesting response from MuddyGirlWrites: “Now, if I could just figure out which pubs to try for! 🧐”
A few people have previously written me a message asking me the same question: which publications would you recommend?
I will share with you here how I choose publications I publish with and my recommended publications.
#1 — A Loving Supportive Community
I am currently a writer in a number of publications. I have both approached publications I’m interested in publishing with and accepted offers from those who reached out to me personally.
Most of my pieces are housed by small to medium size publications, which I tend to submit to.
Although I do submit to big publications, I don’t do it too much these days.
(When I say big publications, I’m referring to the publications listed in Smedian’s Top 10 Medium Publications, publications with gigantic following and have been here for quite some time.)
I never publish anything with Medium’s in-house publications. If you’re wondering what that is, it’s the publications owned and run by Medium.
I’ve seen pieces that are doing extremely well in small and medium size publications. I’ve also seen pieces tanked in big publications and Medium owned publications.
A couple of years of reading and observing extensively, I came to a conclusion.
As much as the publications help in dispersing our content, in the end, what determine the success of our writings are our content and the community we are a part of.
Pieces that thrive tend to be pieces that offer valuable knowledge/information or pieces written by people who already has a large readership or both.
It’s the reason I tend to publish with publications with a strong sense of community. The support makes a huge difference.
Although I’m writing for quite a number of publications, I choose a few around which I build my own little Medium family. I make sure I have a good relationship with people in the publications I’ve chosen to immerse myself in.
Tip #1 — Choose publications with strong sense of community. Build your own little Medium family.
#2 — Caring Editors
This is very important for me.
I like having a good relationship with the editors of publications I publish regularly with.
I’m an editor of 2 publications and I try to be as supportive and caring as I can be (however much time permits) to my writers.
You can tell when editors really care about you and your writings.
I’ve met quite a few wonderful editors here. We occasionally chat and they help me with my writings every now and then. Their publications are the ones I publish with the most, which are also where I build my little Medium family.
Of course, when the publications are big, the editors can’t really care for everyone. They have their own thing to do too.
I would still submit my stories to the big publications. Just not much because most of the times, the small and medium size publications tend to help me better in exposing my content to wider pool of readers.
Tip #2 — Choose publications with editor(s) who care(s).
#3 — Response Time
I’ve briefly touched this subject in my first post about publication. When it comes to being published, I am a very patient person. I can wait forever for my pieces to be published (faster is better of course, but I understand why sometimes I need to wait for a long time — long queue and all that).
I understand that big publications will have longer waiting time because everyone submits there. I also understand that I might get rejected after a long waiting time because well, lots of submissions = tougher competition.
It all boils down to my need at the time of submissions.
If (like now) I’m in the middle of a one-month writing challenge, having to publish everyday, naturally, I will submit to publications with fast response time (I’ve submitted and withdrawn a few times in order to stick to my commitment).
If I have a piece that I think has to be submitted to big publications and I have all the time in the world to wait, I will submit to my intended big publications.
Tip #3 — Choose publications according to your needs and patience.
If you’re new here and you’re wondering which publications to approach first, these are the publications I would personally recommend. You can find out what topics/subjects/genres they publish and how to submit from their submission guidelines, which I will also share:
Editor: Thomas Gaudex
Blue Insights 1-year on Medium
Creating emotions — Spark plugs to ignite your virtual humanity
Editor: Jonathan Greene
Editor: Dr. Christine Bradstreet
Want to Write for Us?
Check out the submission guidelines for Change Your Mind-Change Your Life.
Editor: Trisha Traughber
We are a world of writers and readers. Tell us your story — simple, humble, profound. Spin a tale, capture a corner of…
Editor: Whitney Rose
P.S. I Love You Submissions Guidelines (Updated 09/21/20)
Moving forward, due to overwhelming demand—we receive A LOT of emails—we’ll only be replying to your…
The Writing Cooperative Submission Requirements and Style Guide
Updated August 1, 2020
Editor: Stephen M. Tomic
The Junction is a literary crossroads devoted to stories, culture, and ideas. Our interests are legion.
Write for Pickle Fork
If your stories are homeless, they may be able to find a home here. Here’s how…
Editor: Kyrie Gray
Submission Guidelines For Jane Austen’s Wastebasket
If you want your humor in this publication then you’re on the right page
Illumination Submission Guidelines
A quick run-down on how to get the best out of your stories
Submit your Medium story to The Startup in two easy steps
Here is how to submit your draft to Medium’s The Startup publication.
Editor: yours truly
This is by no mean a comprehensive list.
There are many many great publications out there.
If I’m a writer in your publication and have not included your publication in this list, know that it is not because your publication is no good. I have to pick and choose the ones I think the most suitable for newcomers to submit to and I can’t squeeze too much in. I choose the ones who have been with me a long time throughout my Medium journey.
Or I’m just a forgetful goldfish, which in this case, my sincerest apology.
I hope this post is useful for those of you who just joined the wonderful Medium family. Welcome!
This post is a part of my October writing challenge:
October — A Little Announcement
An open invitation to my readers and fellow writers.
If you have a burning question(s) you think I can answer (it can be about anything), feel free to pop the question(s) in the comment section below or e-mail me the question(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading and being a part of my journey!