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You know you’re a cynic when…

I was browsing on duotrope this morning, and I saw a listing for a magazine that said, “Novice and teenage writers are especially encouraged to submit.”  Now, in a business that’s so exclusive to so many, my first thought probably should have been, gee, that’s really nice that they’re encouraging young writers to submit to them.  Suffice to say, that was not what went through my head.  Instead, my knee-jerk reaction was this: yeah, sure, they want novice and teenage writers to submit to them cuz they don’t know much about publishing and they’re easy to take advantage of.  How sad is that?

On the other hand, in a world where Googling “publishing scam” gets you 4,030 results, maybe it’s just being realistic.  So, on that note, here are a couple of links:

Writer Beware

Preditors & Editors

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  1. Tiffany

    No, you were right to be cynical. If the magazine just suggested teenage writers, and maybe made it clear that they…I don’t know…need their parents to sign their cover letter as well, then I would go, “Okay.”

    But calling specifically for “novices”? Scam. Total scam.

    Assholes.

    Mar 18, 2009 @ 9:23 am


  2. Ian Rogers

    Yeah, all I could take away from those guidelines is, scam or not, it’s not the market for me. I always say aim high, start at the top, and that one seems far from the top.

    Mar 26, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

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