5 Useful Duotrope Tools You Haven’t Utilized Yet

In my previous article, “How To Publish Your Writing With Duotrope,” I listed the basics of the main search engine and a couple of strategies to get you started finding suitable publishers for your writing. For those of you who would like to utilize even more of Duotrope’s resources to their highest efficiency, these five tools are for you.

  1. The “Top 25” Lists – Slothful, Swift, Challenging, Approachable
    Especially for those of you who are curious about statistics, Duotrope’s “top 25” lists will be interesting to you as well as helpful in finding new markets to try. Let’s start with my favourite—the 25 most approachable listed markets. These are the magazines and websites that accept the most manuscripts. (Think you’d never see a site with a 100% acceptance ratio? Think again.) These are great for starting out; I’ve submitted to five of these myself. Perhaps if you would like to test the novelty of your writing, you will try one of “The Challenging” markets; these are the 25 journals that reject more manuscripts than anyone else. If you want quick responses, try submitting to one of the 25 fastest markets (is 0-3 days fast enough for you?); or send a manuscript you don’t particularly care about to the slowest markets in the publishing world (some take over a year to respond!).
  2. Glossary of Terms
    New to Duotrope? Familiarize yourself with the terminology used on the site by visiting the glossary of terms. What does the abbreviation “DNQ” mean? How many words are in a novelette? And how much is “semi-pro” payment, exactly? Answers to these questions and many more can be found in this handy guide to Duotropian vocab.
  3. Editor Interviews
    You’ve seen the publisher’s website and searched through the submissions guidelines with a fine tooth comb. But you want to know more about the market and editors before you submit. Have you checked to see if Duotrope has interviewed the editor? What kind of books do they like to read? How do they handle your submission when considering it? What mistakes can you avoid that many others have made? If there are any hints or tips to getting published by this market, you will find them here. Try browsing through the list of interviews to find editors that are looking for writing like yours.
  4. E-Newsletter – The Weekly Wire
    Want to keep track of deadlines and be notified when new magazines are listed on Duotrope? I’ve found it rewarding to contribute to magazines when they’re just starting out; fledgling magazines tend to be more approachable and personal in their responses to submissions, and there’s always something special about contributing to the first issue of any magazine. Subscribe to Duotrope’s free e-newsletter The Weekly Wire to be among the first to know when new literary journals come onto the scene.
  5. Tips – Info for Writers
    Feeling a little nervous about writing to professional editors? Not sure how to start? Good thing Duotrope has an information page for new visitors and writers. Complete with do’s and don’ts of writing cover letters, tracking submissions, and more, this list is perfect for preparing you for many adventures in publishing your work.

Have you found these extra tools useful? Do you have any questions about Duotrope? What topics would you like me to cover in future articles?


2 responses to “5 Useful Duotrope Tools You Haven’t Utilized Yet

  1. I’ll call you the ofiicial spokesperson for Duotrope. I like! Wasn’t aware that Duotrope offered so many resources. I particularly like the “Editor’s Interview.”

    Keep Writing Lady…u rock!

  2. Adele Mendelson

    The big challenge for me is to figure out where I belong in this huge sea of known and unknown journals. One issue is that I want to send my work to the best possible places that might accept me. And I don’t want to send my babies off to journals below my waterline. Going to the websites is helpful but doesn’t always help enough.

    When I look at a Duotrope journal page, I do go to the section where they list journals that have also accepted work accepted by the journal I’m looking at. And I have learned to recognize the names of some good journals. But beyond that I have no clue.

    Any suggestions?

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