Spotlight on Duotrope
A few days ago I posted four new links to my market listings. Since then, I have taken a closer look at these web sites, and decided to spotlight one of my favorites, Duotrope.
To call this simply a “market listing” is insulting (and I apologize). Duotrope manages to combine what a writer would normally have to surf through three or four separate websites to find.
Yes, first and foremost Duotrope brags a comprehensive and up-to-date listing of markets (not only horror I might add, but all genre listings, including literary, anthology markets, and contest pages). These lists can be browsed or searched for using their advanced search options.
The real fun begins when you sign up (for FREE). Once logged in, you can use the site to keep a submission log. The log remains online through your control panel, and when you receive acceptances or rejections (and make the change in your tracker), the website automatically adds them to the market statistics, which you can search or browse at any time.
The market stats show you the stated and average response times, percentages of acceptance vs. rejection, and much more.
You can also save markets in your favorites or ignore lists.
Not enough? Okay, you can also track deadlines for contests.
I’m sure there are even more features I have yet to find.
And don’t forget, this is all free!
So, why does this excite me so much? Let me run you through a normal day concerning market listings–before I found Duotrope.
First I would browse through ralan.com, checking to see if any new markets have appeared. Next, I would bounce on over to Speculations to check the acceptance/rejection logs and see the current RT’s of markets. After that, if I had made a submission, I would go to writersmarket.com (which you have to pay for) and add my submission to their submission tracker. Now that my subscription ran out, I would have to create my own log on the computer (and that has no special feature, let me tell you).
Phew! Okay, enough. Go see for yourself.