There are seemingly more literary magazines than one can count. They all seem to be looking for readers and writers to make small publishing worthwhile. If finding authors is not a problem, getting their name out is a huge battle. Recognition. With so many little magazines in press, how does a new lit mag gain readers? What help are these small zines to authors if not compensated? Why would anyone start one in the first place?
As editor-in-chief of The Exceptional Writer Literary Magazine, I asked these questions. I am still asking some of these questions now that I am approaching the Fall edition. A small fish in a big pond, I decided there is room for a small press. The Exceptional Writer Literary Magazine gives emerging authors the chance to flourish without “no simultaneous submissions” and the almighty slush pile. While the magazine sells for less than a cup of coffee, it is a labor of love. The Exceptional Writer Literary Magazine stepped out paying homage to legendary African American authors. The-little-magazine-that-could is offering the upcoming edition in print and digital press. The business plan? Right now: subscriptions, advertising, and contributions. Although start-up costs are out of pocket and barely cover publishing costs, the mission to give voice to emerging authors is so worth it. The second issue set to roll out in October will continue its home on Joomag.
Hopes are that The Exceptional Writer Literary Magazine will gain footing by way of grants, contributions, and subscriptions and readership by word of mouth. The steam and creativity put into the literary magazine is anything but small for this small press.
With big names like The American Reader, One Story, and Glimmertrain as competition, is there room for this new literary magazine? Is there room for emerging authors? There is one born everyday.
The Exceptional Writer is open to submissions. Guidelines are listed on the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theexceptionalwriter/
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