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#1 of 7 Old 06-09-2008, 04:42 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm new to all of this and I have a question about submitting articles for print mags. If I have an article to submit is it considered acceptable to submit it to multiple magazines at one time? With how long it takes to get an answer from magazines it seems like it would be a good idea to do that rather that submitting them serially, but I don't know how magazines look upon you for doing that.
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I believe this is usually frowned upon and not good ettiquette. I can see why, since a magazine could buy exclusive rights, they wouldn't want anyone else to have the option. Also, you would then have to contact the other places you submitted to let them know that it was sold.

One tip I read about (and have yet to do, but I intend to!) is to get a submission ready to go to however many magazines you want to send it to. Then, pick your first choice, mail it and wait. If you get back a rejection, you've got it already to go to your second choice and you simply need to drop it in the mail. And so on.
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Thanks. That's what I thought, but I guess I was hoping it might be different.
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Simultaneous submissions are pretty much the norm these days - providing you are talking about article query and not a completed article.

Pretty much the only time you would send a completed article is if you are sending an essay for a specific department or in some cases shopping around a reprint. Other than that you should be sending a query, which you target for a specific market but can still send to as many mags as you like.
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If you ever want to sell something, I highly suggest submitting to multiples at the same time. Editors know you do it. Agents know you do it. It is just how things work.

You have to. I can submit pitches and not hear back anything for three months or more. Sometimes I never hear back. It sucks.

I wouldn't necessarily submit to every single magazine on the planet at once, but I definitely send out pitches to multiple ones in one round.

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OK that makes sense. Good to know. Thank you. Now I just need to get a good basic article ready to send out queries.
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That makes sense that it would be ok to do with queries! I've always read not to do it with finished articles but the turnaround time is LONG.
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