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#1 DisgruntledWriter

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

I'm currently polishing my query to send out and am running into contradicting information about including prior publishing experience.  I've had two short stories published in magazines, one which offered payment and one that did not.  I read somewhere that agents aren't interested in publishing experience in an un-paying field, where as other people say to include anything and everything you can.  

Should I even bother to include this, or do the agents even care at this point? I'd rather keep my query short and to the point, and don't know if this would help or hurt.



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Posted 07 February 2018 - 05:49 PM

I've never heard about agents not being interested in unpaid publications.
 
I would include both publications in a sentence like "My short stories have been published in so-and-so and so-and-so."
 
If the magazines are popular, it'll likely help. If they're not popular, I think they're still worth mentioning. :)

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:00 PM

Thank you :) Maybe I just dreamt that agents don't want to hear about unpaid publications, ahaha.  I wouldn't put it past me at this point :P



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 12:50 PM

Yeah, I'd certainly use them.






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