Ah, the process of submitting to literary magazines — that dreaded, suspenseful, and occasionally joyful experience of sending your work away to be loved, scorned, or ignored by editors.

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Publication is a numbers game. With that in mind, we have a seven-step guide to help you stay organized and focused when submitting work for publication.

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Those of you who work with BookBaby already understand the power of publishing your own writing.  Well, so does Reader’s Digest. Your Life… The Reader’s Digest Version (on the Reader’s Digest Facebook page) asks Americans to write in 150 words or fewer: “a lesson, simple advice, funny moment or other story from your life.” One grand prize winner will have his or her story published in the magazine and earn $25,000, plus 10 runners-up, whose stories will be published on ReadersDigest.com and win $2,500 each.  One top vote-getter will also earn $2,500. However, you need to act fast.  The contest runs through November 1.

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