Submitting Articles to Magazines Requires a Thick Skin

2 Jul

003Happy Wednesday to you all!  What shall we talk about today?  How about submitting work to magazines?  First a quote.


Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.

Norman Vincent Peale
Check it out…..”inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.”

I know quite a few writers who are paralyzed by fear…..fear of rejection…fear of failure….fear of ridicule….whatever the case may be, they cannot leave home plate after they have hit the ball.

What does that stupid metaphor mean, you ask?


You can be one of the greatest writers ever born, but if you don’t make adjustments and stick your neck out, you will end up being just a footnote in writing history.

That’s what it means!


Submit articles to more than one magazine.  I just received a check in the mail yesterday for an article that was published in June.  Very fast payment by the way.  Anyway, the article was “A Letter to my Birth Mother Who I Never Knew.”  Now I mention that because that is the third time I have sold that article.

Can you do that, they ask?

Yes, as long as you aren’t selling exclusive rights to your article, you can sell it to as many buyers as you can find.  You may have to rewrite a part of it so it applies to the particular magazine you are pitching, but still, three sales for one article ain’t bad.  Grand total for the three sales…..$560.

You only have to do two things:  write a good article, and have the fortitude to submit it to editors.

Do you have what it takes?


Would you like to guest blog on this site for a day? As long as it is related to writing then I’m all for it.  Let me know if you are interested in the comment section.


Let me introduce you to a Seattle-based literary agent, Janet Reid.  You can find her website here.  Janet rejected Resurrecting Tobias, but she did so in a professional and very helpful manner, and I greatly appreciated that.  Stop by and check her out.  She answers questions daily and will give you insight into the life of an agent and how to deal with them for success.


I’ll be having a contest soon where you can win a copy of my novel, so stay tuned for information on that.

And if you haven’t done so yet, please follow this blog on my website, so I don’t have to post this to two sites.  I would appreciate it.  You can even buy my novel there. J

Keep writing and keep enjoying cover


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

18 Responses to “Submitting Articles to Magazines Requires a Thick Skin”

  1. Janine Huldie July 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    You are so right and do need a thick skin in this business, but still always appreciate your thoughts and tips to keep on keeping on. Happy Wedneday now 😉

    • Billybuc July 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks, Janine, and I think you know how much I appreciate you. Have a great day my friend.

  2. Karen July 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Well, that would be me. I am a scaredy cat! But my teen aged daughter recently told me that if I write and don’t at least try to follow my dream by attempting to get my work published, then there’s not much point in writing. That statement has challenged me to start submitting articles to magazines this summer.

    • Billybuc July 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      Karen, I love it. You do it now, and let us know how it all turns out.

  3. Ruchira Khanna July 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I can understand Bill the thrill one gets from getting the article published. I keep staring and reading-and re-reading my own article on that link as if written by someone else…lol

    Once again thank you for some wise words this Wednesday morning!

    • Billybuc July 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      I know exactly what you are saying, Ruchira….pretty cool!

  4. Peter July 2, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    I think another way of saying it is “get back on the horse that bucked one” (see, that’s the posh version. One and not you).

    If you are scared of rejection then just remember that there is not a writer now or in history who did not get a rejection letter at some point. I did come across an American writer, whose name escapes me, took something like 125 rejections before his book finally got published. And then it became a bestseller.

    Remember. If you are a writer then putting the words on paper is only one half of the job. The other half is that the words need to be read. And not just by the writer.

    • Billybuc July 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Great points, Peter, and I agree with every one of them. This is not a profession for the weak of heart.

  5. Peter July 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Just thought of this bit. They say when you get on in years the things you regret are the things you did not do, not those you did do. The trick is not to have too many regrets.

    • Billybuc July 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      Well, Peter, I’m sixty-five, and I’m whittling down the regrets list. 🙂

  6. Shauna L Bowling July 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Bill, I’ve sent two stories to Readers Digest in the past week. They are accepting 100-word stories about a true life event. They can be funny, sad, life-changing – whatever. They’re paying $100 for each published story. That’s a buck a word. Not bad! Now I have to wait and see if they decide my stories are worthy of their magazine.

    • Billybuc July 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks for the tip, Sha, and good luck. Maybe I’ll give them a try when I find a spare minute. LOL

      • Shauna L Bowling July 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

        I can send you the link if you like. Shoot, I’ll send it anyway. Check your inbox. Catch ya later. I’ve got 4 travel articles to write.

      • Billybuc July 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

        Thanks for sending it, Sha…now get busy on those articles. 🙂

  7. Melanie Chisnall July 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    I sent one article to a few magazines last year. All but one replied – okay, so it was only 3, but still, that kind of silence is not golden! I got a nice email back from the one magazine thanking me for the article but letting me know they’d already planned some features months in advance and the topic I chose had been covered already. I appreciated the honest feedback. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl again sometime this year. I mean, besides the money (thank you for posting that btw – it’s so good to see this because it gives us more of an idea of what to expect and why we should push to do it), seeing your name in a physical publication that isn’t yours – WOW. That’s reason enough for me! Have a wonderful summer’s day, Bill! We’re expecting rain and cold fronts this weekend, so it’s couch, DVDs and hot chocolate! 🙂

    • Billybuc July 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Mel my friend, it is a high seeing your byline…..the money is all over the board…one only paid $65…and one $400…so you never know…but if you have the time, and you are determined, it can be worth it financially. Enjoy your winter’s day my friend. Sounds like the perfect way to spend it.

  8. Musu July 6, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Bill,
    I’m drafting two pitches to send to editors in my area. Your information was really helpful and helped me put my letters together. As always, thanks for sharing the great info!
    I’m interested in guest blogging for you. Is there a certain topic to discuss or write about?

    • Billybuc July 7, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      Hi Musu….how come I don’t know who this is? LOL I don’t recognize the profile name. Anyway, the topic is writing…send me an email at and we’ll talk about it.

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