Writing and Submitting Upmarket Fiction
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Let’s talk about upmarket fiction. You might never have heard of it, or you might just have heard of it and be looking for more information about breaking into the genre. Here’s more information about just what upmarket fiction is – and where you can sell it.
Defining Upmarket Fiction
Just what is “upmarket fiction”? There are so many genres within fiction nowadays that it’ll make your head spin – from supernatural fiction to pulp fiction to this. And that’s okay. When it comes to upmarket fiction, what people are generally talking about is fiction that manages to blend literary work and more commercial writing. It’s easy-reading, but still literary. Not that hard.
Step One: Ideas
The first step to a story is always getting a core idea. This can be anything, and it can come from anywhere. Some writers have an extensive process to generate their ideas and some writers do not: This is up to personal preference. It helps to keep a notebook to jot down ideas, or to save them as voice recordings on your phone when a good idea hits. Always be receptive to ideas and always make sure you’re able to go through them later.
Step Two: Outline Your Idea
Outline your story idea: This can be a detailed outline, or it can be a simple jotting down of points. There are a few authors that manage to write entire stories without having to outline once, but for most of us, outlining a story properly can help you to not get stuck later on in the tale. You’ll come up with twists much easier, and you’ll spot holes in your plot faster.
Step Three: Write Your Idea
Write your idea: You can write it in parts. You can write the end first, the middle first or the beginning first. You can use a word processor or you can use some really ancient word processing software like George RR Martin. Many authors find it easier to write if they’re doing it with a pen and paper. That’s fine too. Don’t worry about the editing process at first – this is something that should fall into place later. First, worry about writing it.
Step Four: Edit Your Idea
Once you’re done writing, many writers prefer to let the idea rest for a couple days, weeks or months. This can give you a fresh perspective when you look at the piece again, and it’s easier to edit and spot where you can improve. Some authors also find it easier to hire a professional proofreader who will be more likely to spot mistakes than the author themselves.
Step Five: Submit Your Idea
Done writing and editing until you’re happy with your story? Then it’s time to find a suitable literary magazine to submit your piece too – and yes, sometimes this might take another round of edits.