One of the “easiest” ways to increase traffic to your blog is to have an article published somewhere else. I say “easiest” because it isn’t necessarily easy to write an article and have it published, but if you do– the people who enjoy your work in the larger publication are likely to come check you out on your home turf. (Especially if you include your blog address in your bio!)
If you’re interested in pursuing this option, a resource you might want to invest in is a subscription to WritersMarket.com. For about $6/month (or $40 for a full year), you can gain access to an exhaustive directory of more than 9,000 listings “for book publishers, literary agents, magazines, online publications, contests, conferences and more.”
Here’s a sample listing from their site, so you’ll have an idea of the kind of information they provide about individual publications:
THE GEORGIA REVIEW
The University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-9009
Contact: Stephen Corey, editor.
Our readers are educated, inquisitive people who read a lot of work in the areas we feature, so they expect only the best in our pages. All work submitted should show evidence that the writer is at least as well-educated and well-read as our readers. Essays should be authoritative but accessible to a range of readers.
Covers: Quarterly journal
Editor’s Note: No simultaneous or electronic submissions.
Fiction: Journal: 7×10, 180-200 pages (average), 50 lb. woven old-style paper, 80 lb. cover stock, illustrations, photos. “Our readers are educated, inquisitive people who read a lot of work in the areas we feature, so they expect only the best in our pages. All work submitted should show evidence that the writer is at least as well educated and well read as our readers. Essays should be authoritative but accessible to a range of readers.” Quarterly. Estab. 1947. Circ. 3,000.
Poetry: The Georgia Review, published quarterly, seeks “the very best work we can find, whether by Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winners or by little-known (or even previously unpublished) writers. All manuscripts receive serious, careful attention. We have featured first-ever publications by many new voices over the years, but encourage all potential contributors to become familiar with past offerings before submitting.” Has published poetry by Rita Dove, Stephen Dunn, Margaret Gibson, Albert Goldbarth, and Lola Haskins. The Georgia Review is180-200 pages, 7×10, professionally printed, flat-spined, with glossy card cover. Publishes 60-70 poems/year, less than .5% of those received. Press run is 4,500. Subscription: $35/year. Single: $15.
- Established: 1947
- Simultaneous Submissions: No
- Guidelines available online.
- Buys first North American serial rights.
- Circulation: 3,500
- Byline given.
- Pays on publication.
- No kill fee.
- Queries accepted by mail
- Sample copy for $10
- Responds in 2 weeks to queries. Responds in 2-3 months to mss.
- Publish time after acceptance: Publishes ms an average of 6 months after acceptance.
- 99% freelance written
For the most part we are not interested in scholarly articles that are narrow in focus and/or overly burdened with footnotes. The ideal essay for The Georgia Review is a provocative, thesis-oriented work that can engage both the intelligent general reader and the specialist.
Buys mss/year: 12-20
Submission Method: Send complete ms.
Pays $40/published page.
Reviews 5×7 prints or larger.
Offers no additional payment for photos accepted with ms.
Buys one time rights.
Does not want: We seek original, excellent writing not bound by type. Ordinarily we do not publish novel excerpts or works translated into English, and we strongly discourage authors from submitting these.
Buys 12-20 mss/year.
Send complete ms.
Pays $40/published page.
Needs: “Ordinarily we do not publish novel excerpts or works translated into English, and we strongly discourage authors from submitting these.” Receives 300 unsolicited mss/month. Accepts 3-4 mss/issue, 12-15 mss/year. Does not read unsolicited mss May 5-August 15. Publishes ms 6 months after acceptance. Publishes some new writers/year. Recently published work by Lee K. Abbot, Kevin Brockmeier, Ann Pancake, Janisse Ray, George Singleton. Also publishes literary essays, reviews, poetry. Occasionally comments on rejected mss.
How to Contact: Send complete ms. Responds in 2 weeks to queries, 2-4 months to mss. No simultaneous submissions or electronic submissions. Sample copy for $10. Writer’s guidelines online.
Payment/Terms: Pays $50/published page. Pays on publication for first North American serial rights. Sends galleys to author.
We seek original, excellent poetry. Submit 3-5 poems at a time. We do not accept submissions via fax or e-mail. If a submission is known to be included in a book already accepted by a publisher, please notify us of this fact (and of the anticipated date of book publication) in a cover letter. Reads year-round, but submissions postmarked May 15-August 15 will be returned unread. Guidelines available for SASE or on website. Responds in 2-3 months. Always sends prepublication galleys. Pays $4/line, one-year subscription, and 1 contributor’s copy. Acquires first North American serial rights. Reviews books of poetry. “Our poetry reviews range from 500-word ‘Book Briefs’ on single volumes to 5,000-word essay reviews on multiple volumes.”
Max Number of Poems: 5
Buys 60-75 poems/year
“Unsolicited manuscripts will not be considered from May 15-August 15 (annually), all such submissions received during that period will be returned unread. Check website for submission guidelines.”