Duotrope’s big news
I don’t suppose it’s news to anyone here any longer that Duotrope’s Digest will embark on a subscription only service at the beginning of the year. I’ve seen some griping about it on Facebook and at Poets and Writers, but I have to say that I’m not opposed to the idea at all.
It’s been my policy for years now that whenever I get a story published after having found the market through Duotrope’s Digest that I send them some money as a voluntary donation. And even though 2012 has been a relatively lean publication year for me (though two recent acceptances sure were sweet), the amount of an annual subscription ($50) will be less than I would have contributed on my voluntary basis even during this lean year. And if I were only today introduced to all the features that Duotrope’s Digest offers, I don’t think I’d hesitate to buy a subscription to get that value, having never known that it used to be free.
It seems that the most common complaint about the new subscription plan is that the statistics will become less accurate. Presumably this would happen because there would be fewer people reporting their rejections (and acceptances) into the data pool and thus the sample size will shrink. The folks at Duotrope state that they don’t believe this will be the case and that they will monitor the matter closely.
That’s fine and good, but, really, the acceptance ratio at any given publication was never a factor for me when I was looking for likely markets for my stories. And knowing that someone who submitted to publication X also submitted to publication Y perhaps tells me more about that someone than about the similarity of the two publications.
Still reluctant? Put a gift subscription on your holiday wish list. Rather than a new pen set, have someone give you a subscription to Duotrope’s Digest.
In other news, I’m still writing my stories. And I’m still running. I’m trying to get at least 20 miles of running in each week.
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