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post May 6 2006, 11:57 AM
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My question is this: How do i go about getting a short story published? Alot of magazines don't seem to want to take unsolicited material, so does this mean I need to get an agent?
Should I just spend the money to self-publish (there are place here in SF that do that, but it seems kind of like a scam)?
This is what I really should be doing with my life, but I don't have any idea how to get my stuff out there.

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post Jul 21 2008, 09:38 AM
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Most of my writing is blog posts, but I'm trying to write more about growing up being thought of as learning disabled, and how it affected me. Today it would be called Asperger's Syndrome, but it was called "high-functioning mild autism," so I had to see an OT, be in resource rooms, and treated like I was slow or mentally retarded. I was a shy and introverted kid, and went through years of being teased by my peers and patronized by school officials, which led me to being on medication and in therapy in my teens. I enjoy writing about it, but it can feel boring of writing things that I already know so much about.
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saktii   The Writer's Block   May 6 2006, 11:57 AM
venetia   The Writer's Block   May 7 2006, 07:30 PM
demoness   The Writer's Block   May 17 2006, 05:18 AM
demoness   The Writer's Block   May 17 2006, 05:18 AM
sukouyant   There's a Canadian show called Imprint that di...   Aug 22 2006, 09:38 AM
venetia   Argh, I wish I wasn't on dial-up.   Sep 8 2006, 04:12 PM
spirit lust   My question is this: How do i go about getting a ...   Oct 5 2006, 06:38 AM
little_idiot   Another important thing is to get to know the mark...   Oct 5 2006, 10:13 AM
cleanoldguy   'little_idiot', who clearly isn't an i...   Oct 5 2006, 12:16 PM
spirit lust   Yep, good points, little_idiot (not) and cleanoldg...   Oct 5 2006, 06:13 PM
faith   Anyone doing NaNoWriMo? (   Oct 25 2006, 12:39 PM
bunnyb   it's definitely the right (or write) thread fo...   Oct 25 2006, 01:38 PM
wombat   Oh, RATS!! I only discovered NaNoWriMo at ...   Nov 23 2006, 04:25 PM
raisingirl   Bumping for Free Spirit.   Dec 31 2006, 07:45 AM
wombat   thankee, raisin! I think the trouble is that c...   Dec 31 2006, 12:03 PM
chachaheels   Oh, Wombat, the collective creative endeavor can b...   Jan 1 2007, 11:23 AM
wombat   True enough, chacha!   Jan 1 2007, 12:44 PM
sukouyant   Bumpity bump   Jul 4 2007, 05:43 PM
Moonpieluv   Ohhh... yes. I've been backed up blocked like...   Jul 31 2007, 12:58 PM
sukouyant   Moonluvpie, The Bustie formerly (currently? where ...   Aug 3 2007, 05:02 PM
bunnyb   I like books, want to be around them, and want to ...   Aug 18 2007, 09:37 AM
raisingirl   MissThing has migrated to LJ-land and she does sti...   Aug 19 2007, 07:57 PM
girlbomb   The 100 word commitment sounds great. Also, as cor...   Aug 20 2007, 03:09 PM
bunnyb   I need to discipline myself to write morning pages...   Aug 21 2007, 05:27 AM
Moonpieluv   Thanks for keeping this thread going! I still...   Aug 21 2007, 07:38 AM
raisingirl   Oh no, GB. No, no, no, no, no! *rubs eyes* ...   Aug 21 2007, 01:58 PM
tatiana   Arrrgh. I've had four months off in betweeen t...   Aug 21 2007, 06:48 PM
girlbomb   Oh, raisingirl, I know -- the whole Artist's W...   Aug 22 2007, 06:04 AM
sukouyant   .. It's not an easy task, writing, but if you...   Aug 23 2007, 09:51 PM
raisingirl   Hee. I like that we are talking about this, GB...   Aug 22 2007, 12:00 PM
sybarite   *laughing as raisin rips apart The Artist's Wa...   Aug 23 2007, 08:28 AM
sukouyant   the thread killah!   Aug 30 2007, 09:32 AM
girlbomb   No, it's just that everybody's so busy, uh...   Aug 30 2007, 04:14 PM
sukouyant   No, it's just that everybody's so busy, uh...   Sep 3 2007, 06:45 AM
bunnyb   I shouldn't have told anyone I had made tentat...   Sep 3 2007, 02:33 PM
girlbomb   I would only call myself an actual writer (as opp...   Sep 6 2007, 03:49 PM
Alotta Errata   Bunny... that's how I feel about telling peopl...   Sep 5 2007, 08:31 PM
sukouyant   Alotta, me too on an current academic essay. Love ...   Sep 6 2007, 06:09 AM
bunnyb   In my heart I'm a writer but I think that intr...   Sep 6 2007, 04:50 PM
crazyoldcatlady   In my heart I'm a writer but I think that intr...   Sep 6 2007, 06:41 PM
raisingirl   Well, since I'm always gonna be a Smug Twat, I...   Sep 6 2007, 07:33 PM
girlbomb   bunnnyb, I totally get where you're coming fro...   Sep 6 2007, 08:29 PM
raisingirl   Thanks, GB, and I'm going to have to find that...   Sep 7 2007, 06:31 AM
Garlic   Really? No way! I think being an actual writer...   Sep 9 2007, 09:34 AM
bunnyb   As previously explained, it is my reasoning for no...   Sep 9 2007, 01:05 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i think i might start coming out of the writer...   Sep 9 2007, 02:41 PM
raisingirl   Confession time. I still haven't sent that le...   Sep 27 2007, 06:37 AM
crinoline   garlic- I have found that it works for me to go ah...   Sep 27 2007, 08:48 AM
raisingirl   Are any of you going to do nanowrimo this year?   Oct 29 2007, 08:11 PM
sukouyant   I still don't have the time or da' noive. ...   Oct 30 2007, 02:15 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i totally want to raisin, but i've got a large...   Oct 30 2007, 05:34 PM
raisingirl   Nice job, COCL! Yeah, I think I'm gonna d...   Oct 30 2007, 08:03 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i've been through so many muses over the years...   Nov 3 2007, 06:03 PM
raisingirl   I didn't end up doing the NaNoWriMo after all,...   Dec 7 2007, 10:01 PM
datagirl   I haven't been on here in ages and I'd usu...   Jan 4 2008, 04:53 PM
yess   I am planning on writting a short story about a wo...   Jan 28 2008, 05:56 PM
sexysandee   For the past few years I have been posting my writ...   Feb 8 2008, 07:57 AM
crazyoldcatlady   r_c; i haven't had the problem, altho on march...   Mar 3 2008, 05:48 AM
crazyoldcatlady   also, is that you on the mainpage???? :)   Mar 3 2008, 07:48 PM
olivarria   When did the writer's block thread die? I...   Jul 19 2008, 09:49 PM
crazyoldcatlady   yeah, we closted writers (nice term, btw) are like...   Jul 20 2008, 07:47 AM
olivarria   I know what you mean - it's difficult to make ...   Jul 20 2008, 02:05 PM
crazyoldcatlady   r_c, what is lynda barry's book about? (i supp...   Jul 21 2008, 08:20 PM
olivarria   I want to read What It Is, too! Unfortunately ...   Jul 23 2008, 02:06 AM
kissmeducky   One of my guilty self-indulgences is to flip throu...   Jul 28 2008, 02:32 AM
olivarria   I'm feeling a little shy about posting the sum...   Aug 11 2008, 01:04 AM
Gypsymoth   olivarria- I just read Reading Like a Writer. I go...   Aug 11 2008, 06:52 AM
crazyoldcatlady   oliv- it's totally understandable to hold your...   Aug 13 2008, 06:47 PM
anna k   I read Reading Like a Writer too! It was a goo...   Aug 14 2008, 09:09 AM
olivarria   Yes I have considered joining a writer's works...   Aug 14 2008, 01:33 PM
WriterTypePerson   Hi, all. I just joined up. I'm finally able ...   Aug 27 2008, 03:41 PM
crazyoldcatlady   no memoir type stuff, but i can say i've used ...   Sep 14 2008, 06:30 PM
auralpoison   I have taped this on a bunch of stuff in my house ...   Nov 10 2008, 10:04 AM
anarch   from Bitch magazine, Anna Clark, The Ambition Cond...   Nov 12 2008, 06:29 PM
purplestain   anarch, THANK YOU for linking to such a great arti...   Nov 27 2008, 04:05 PM
anna k   I didn't feel so confident about my writing th...   Nov 30 2008, 01:55 PM
auralpoison   It's funny, but my writing is the one thing ab...   Dec 2 2008, 04:16 PM
crazyoldcatlady   i stradle two worlds, my adult day job and the com...   Dec 2 2008, 07:45 PM
anarch   purplestain, I'm glad you liked that article...   Dec 9 2008, 12:42 AM
stargazer   It's about musicians, but the larger point is ...   Dec 9 2008, 01:44 PM
anarch   i also think of writing as being similar to jazz. ...   Dec 9 2008, 07:19 PM
crazyoldcatlady   yeah, i'm all about the freewriting, star; it ...   Dec 9 2008, 08:46 PM
alluna   Did anyone try the NaNoWriMo this year? I 'fai...   Dec 16 2008, 08:44 AM
anarch   One Two Fiver - a writer's warmup (via, which ...   Dec 31 2008, 06:59 PM
alluna   Anyone written for If so, what are ...   Jan 19 2009, 11:37 AM
raisingirl   I think I want to break up with my writing group. ...   Jan 26 2009, 10:22 AM
crazyoldcatlady   how formal is your writing group? is it structured...   Jan 26 2009, 10:28 PM
raisingirl   It started off as a class (paid, structured) and t...   Jan 27 2009, 08:22 AM
alluna   Seems like we could just have a writing group righ...   Jan 27 2009, 10:21 AM
stargazer   This 11 yr-old writer made me feel like a slacker.   Feb 4 2009, 02:21 PM
crazyoldcatlady   pppsssht. amateur. ;) reminds me of this 14 yo ...   Feb 4 2009, 07:14 PM
alluna   Awww, why you gotta post that kinda stuff?? Now I...   Feb 5 2009, 08:03 AM
sassygrrl   So I'm considering freelancing. Any thoughts o...   Feb 22 2009, 07:19 PM
BetseyJ   The 11yr old Blogger Tavi makes me feel like such ...   Mar 10 2009, 02:57 PM
auralpoison   I wish this thread got more play. I really do. S...   Apr 2 2009, 02:40 AM
Persiflager   Ooh, hello thread! I'm not a writer at al...   Apr 2 2009, 07:39 AM
solaria   I think I've had writer's block for two an...   Apr 2 2009, 08:15 AM
anna k   I was feeling down last night, and to combat it, I...   Apr 2 2009, 10:31 AM
solaria   for me, writing was finally starting to spill over...   Apr 2 2009, 03:23 PM
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