I just submitted a story to a children’s magazine for consideration. I took a class at UCLA several years ago about the children’s magazine market. It was very helpful and opened a whole new world to me. For a beginning writer, magazine markets are a great way to gain some experience (and confidence) while writing picture book and chapter book manuscripts in the meantime. I have made several submissions over the last year to no avail yet, but I have found a sense of productivity in the work and preparation that goes into each submission. These submissions also keep me writing, which is critical to keeping me on track. When I feel overwhelmed by a manuscript I am working on, researching a magazine market can be a fun break. It helps me focus on something else for a bit, and usually opens my mind to whatever was holding me back on the manuscript that was weighing me down.
The opportunities for magazine markets are vast. They say “write what you know” and with all the targeted mag topics, you can guarantee you’ll find a topic that matches an area of your expertise. I try to research and submit to at least one magazine market per month. It’s still to early to determine any success in it yet, but I am committed to keep at it.
Have you submitted to magazines with any success?