October 29

Social Media Isn’t Free | BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

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Allison K. Williams loves a particular literary magazine…

I love that this magazine releases all their issues by pdf, which makes them both free and also delightful to print out and carry around (I get carsick if I read off a screen in a vehicle). Their new issue is out, I saw on Twitter.

But…

I didn’t retweet it.

I started to. I started to type “Another fab issue of @…” and dig through for a good quote to make a quality tweet instead of just a RT, and then I stopped. Because I remembered that I’d submitted to them–after reading many issues, carefully choosing what to send, polishing it for hours, formatting, tracking down where to send it (not as easy as many mags)–and gotten no response.

Well, not entirely true–they responded the same day to my cover letter that said how much I loved the magazine, to ask if I’d be a Reader of the Week. I took a photo of myself reading the magazine in an interesting setting, sent it in, then when they sent it out I happily spread it all over my social media, linking to their site. But my actual submission? Not a word.

You want my 30 seconds to retweet, multiplied by a couple of tweets a month, twelve months a year? You want my positive word of mouth, my recycling printed copies by shoving them into the hands of strangers in airports reading literary fiction? You want to engage in social media?

The remainder of her rumination is on the Brevity Blog


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  • Perhaps they don’t accept outside submissions? I think some publications are like that. Maybe the fact that you had such a hard time finding how to submit something was their way of saying, “None Shall Pass!” However, it would only be polite for them to send you an actual rejection. At least that way you’d feel like a ‘real’ writer.

    • I think her point was just: you don’t respond to me, don’t expect free publicity. Be all Gandalf if you want, but don’t expect my help!

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