The majority of my manuscripts sell to magazines. On occasion, however, there is that one favorite story that doesn’t seem to interest any editors. Nonetheless, when I believe in a story, I remain persistent until it sells.
One such example is “The Secret Drawer.” When I was a young girl, I was certain my Great Aunt Laura’s roll top desk had a secret drawer containing treasure. She kept the key in her apron pocket, and I wasn’t allowed to touch the desk except to color at it. Every now and then, I’d pause from my coloring. Leaning on my elbows with my chin in one hand, I studied the desk. Surely there had to be a secret drawer containing great treasure. It wasn’t until I was an adult sitting in my living room gazing at my own roll top desk that I realized my aunt’s desk never had a secret drawer. Even though the drawers were in plain view, the contents of the drawers were the secret. Perhaps some contained treasure, but only Aunt Laura knew.
This nostalgic story was one of my favorites. I couldn’t understand why the editors of the 11 magazines I submitted it to didn’t see that their readers would love the heartwarming story as much as I did.
I had exhausted all possible publications listed in my Writer’s Market and those found online through market research. Still, I knew in my heart that “The Secret Drawer” needed to be shared with readers, and I kept my eye out for additional markets.
One day my neighbor asked if I had ever read The Country Register of Wisconsin. I hadn’t heard of that publication. She gave me a copy, and I discovered the magazine contained nostalgic stories. I strongly sensed my story would be right for them. I submitted “The Secret Drawer” and the editor loved it as much as I did, and she promptly purchased it. I knew her readers would love the story, too.
When a particular piece is dear to you and you know in your heart that it needs to be shared with readers, don’t give up. With persistence, you will eventually find the perfect publication that is the perfect fit.
Sue Carloni has been published in more than 70 magazines in the religious and secular markets for both children and adults, including Guideposts, Woman’s World, and Mature Living.