I’ve taken one novel I thought I’d finished, Drowning Karma, and cut away 50,000 words. The words leftover I’ve broken into short stories. Well, I’ve broken them. Whether they’re short stories yet is another matter. The process was painful and liberating. I looked at some comments I’d gotten on the novel (thanks again, readers!) and realized I wasn’t up to repairing the entire thing. So, the novel will become short stories even though I’ve heard that agents don’t want short story collections. No matter. I’ve discovered this new (to me) site that is going to help me make sense of all these literary journals.
One problem I’ve had is making sense of all the literary journals out there. In the bookstore and online, I find the lists of journals overwhelming. Where to send anything? They all seem impossible. But this Duotrope site offers relief. At least now I have a starting point. No more excuses. By the end of the summer I’ll have stories sent out. Right?
My reasons for being stuck are so lame and tiresome. How do you decide where to send anything? How do you keep from being overwhelmed by the choices? What literary journals are you favorites and what do you recommend?