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  • Duotrope is the biggest and most convenient online reference of magazines, web-zines, publishing agencies and websites who are open to unsolicited submissions
  • And sadly, it's going to switch to paid mode soon since they were disappointed in the way donation financing worked


    • by Vince Eightt

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      First things first: Duotrope is the biggest and most convenient online reference of magazines, web-zines, publishing agencies and websites who are open to unsolicited submissions. This fact, however, is more telling of the industry’s sad state rather than the site’s quality. And sadly, it’s going to switch to paid mode soon since they were disappointed in the way donation financing worked: as they publicly stated, only 10% of their users ever donated $5 they asked for. Well my personal opinion is that people visit this site to find a way to get paid, not to pay - so what did they expect?

      When it was free, it was great. But now? For five bucks a month? It’s not that much,


      but it’s worth $1/month max. Period. Now I’ll explain why. The information is mostly user submitted. Sometimes it’s those little obscure webzine owners who submit posts about being ready to receive submissions - and that’s less than a week prior to declaring their “project” bankrupt. This happens often. A lot of entries lead to dead links. Some entries are “paid submissions” - I don’t know what it is and neither do I want to, since this is possibly a scam (conducted by the publishers and agencies, not the site).

      The process of searching for some project to submit your work to is quite simple: choose either “search” or listings, then, if you choose listings, choose letter to start ...


      • from or choose the genre (fiction/non-fiction/poetry) and sorting method.

        Once you click on some publisher’s title, there will appear what in fact is a submission guideline in a set of uniformed tables (which allows you to easily compare different conditions of different publishers). You can also track your submissions and your progress, i.e. how much time passed since you submitted a piece, what work was accepted and what work was rejected (or can be considered rejected based on the amount of time passed without reply). Other users’ progress is visible to you, too: you can keep track of when what publishers reject or accept what.

        The site is pretty useful when it comes to getting information on how the market functions,

        but I doubt that I can effectively use it for profit: it takes weeks - if not months, just to know if your work can be accepted or not (and most publishers don’t allow simultaneous submissions), they are narrowly specialized and, after all, I’m much more used to more personal approach to working with publishers’ staff. Most businesses who need writers and are ready to pay them don’t tell about that publicly: it’s often more convenient for them to wait for a pro-active writer to show up first.

        To each his own: some may think that this site is the best thing ever happened to the freelance writing industry, but for me, it’s so-so. I rate it as 5/10.




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