||[Aug. 19th, 2006|07:36 pm]
Critistas El Doomo.
I was asking Mr RJ for advice on a poem I accidentally wrote (I don't ~do~ poetry, you see...) and he very kindly sent me this link and advised me to browse it for possible places to which I could submit it:
Unfortunately it has left me all lost and bewlidered - just looking at the menu list I see "paying" and "semi- and pro"... I mean, I always thought pro basically meant you got paid, but there's obviously some other definitions at play here of which I'm completely ignorant. And looking through the lists I just get hit by total information overload. It's not that I don;t get the abreviations or anything - I think I can decipher the code, but I'm not sure that means I ~understand~ it.
So I guess I'm really asking if people have any shortcuts, keywords or pitfalls they can share? Are there generic terms that have a far tighter meaning when you're approcahing this market? Beyond the initial "are they accepting submissions?", what would you look at as your next priority when working out where might be suited? Are there any terms and phrases that you've found instantly sound "Warning! Dodgy!" alarm bells? Are there forums you could recommend where this kind of advice is sat ready and waiting in the FAQ's?
I know nobody has a foolproof map - I'm just looking for advice on the "Don't eat the yellow snow" and "Avoid any dangling creepers with teeth and forked tongues" sort of level. I'm extremely new to all this, so nothing at all would be patronising.
(I know the standard advice is to read as many of the magazines on the list as possible to work out where's best to submit your own personal type of writing, but I can't afford to go out and get copies of ~everything~ right now, so I'm trying to narrow things down as much as possible first... somehow!)
I was going to email RJ back with this and say "I'm stupid, please help me!", but then I thought if I posted it as an open question on here, then anybody else who is wise in this kind of thing could offer whatever advice they have, and anyone like me that's a complete novice at submissions and stuff would also be able to benefit.
I'm stupid, Critistas, please help me!