This is random, but how cool would it be if a trade or lifestyle magazine you enjoyed took a small risk and was willing to occasionally publish fiction?
Fiction – but relevant fiction.
- Maybe a crop insurance magazine had a monthly fiction column relevant to farming.
- A quarterly real estate zine could have a section for poetry submissions.
- Or, an investment journal might be willing to publish short stories with a financial tilt to them.
They should be publishing young writers too.
I think most people and organizations discount the value in taking small risks like this.
Someone might think it “off brand.”
But it might be a hit.
Several years later, after I had self-published four or five of the Hank books, The Cattleman began running the books as serial stories. They ran a Hank chapter in every monthly issue for seventeen years, and it became one of the most popular features of the magazine, a magazine that “didn’t publish fiction.”
-John Erickson, Story Craft (Amazon)