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 Literary Magic & Writers
               B
y Rocky Reichman, Editor-in-Chief
 
      Ideas are the lifeblood of writers. And writers are the lifeblood of publishing.
Authors are the most important people in the entire publishing industry. Writers create their best-selling masterpieces. Writers labor hours every day to produce their manuscripts. Writers promote their books with all their willpower.
      From creation to publication, writers are not only involved in but have the most responsibility in regard to a book's success. Writers have a lot riding on their publishing success. But where do they start? Obviously, getting their very own book published is the ultimate dream of every writer. But it is common knowledge that traditional, mainstream publishers need more than writers and ideas to accept a manuscript. Publishers look for writers with credentials, with published clips standing behind them.
      Which is why the best places for any writer to start querying are the magazine and online markets. Before writers approach publishers with their book ideas, they should first have a strong background in writing for other, if smaller, markets. This does not mean writers need the best credentials, like getting an article published in The New York Times or on Slate.com. Midsize and small publications will suffice. Getting published in magazines and in online publications requires effort, but is much easier than trying to get a book published without any credentials. So where can writers look for markets? Nonfiction writers can approach a slew of trade or even consumer magazines. But what about the majority of writers—the novelists, short story writers and poets?
      This is where online magazines like Literary Magic come in. Literary Magic is an online literary magazine on language. Literary Magic publishes short stories, poems and the occasional play. But that only makes up half the magazine's content. We also publish nonfiction articles on language and linguistics, etymology and grammar. We review books of established and new authors, regardless of whether their work is published traditionally or self-published.
      Each issue, we choose our "Writer Spotlight," where we feature and interview a select author, discussing the winner's book(s) and what their advice is for aspiring writers.
      And every year, Literary Magic holds its Fiction and Poetry contests, where writers from around the world submit their best work for consideration. The winners get published and receive a full Critique of their work (written by our editors); runner-ups are considered for publication in future issues of the magazine.
      Literary Magic deals with many kinds of writers and many types of content every day. We review submissions from short story writers and poets; articles from aspiring wordsmiths; we review best-selling and self published books; we choose and interview our Writer Spotlight. A lot of careful consideration goes in to each and every decision that an editor at Literary Magic makes. While we cannot accept every good submission we receive (on average, we can only accept 30% to at most 50% of what is submitted), we are nevertheless privileged to read each and every author's work. And while we cannot offer advice or extensive feedback to every writer who submits to Literary Magic, we still value their efforts and hard work, and always acknowledge every submission.
      Literary Magic cannot say "Yes" to everyone. But we can say "Thank You."
      Above all, Literary Magic values stories that are exciting and imaginative and articles that are informative but entertaining. Literary Magic is located at
www.LiteraryMagic.com. We are open to submissions all year long, and are currently considering stories, poems and articles for our Winter and Spring issues of 2008-2009. 
 

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