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    nonfiction essays and the market

    I primarily write nonfiction essays. Many lean toward a personal- outdoor- natural history-environmental topics , but others are on a wide variety of topics from politics to poetry. I believe good market research leads to good publishing results, or at least it has worked for me in my few successes. However I find it an overwhelming task to thoroughly research A) the entirety of the markets, and B) become intimately familiar with those chosen publications that might be suitable for me. I hardly have time to read let alone read widely, what with working 3 jobs. This sounds like a recipe for failure.

    I'm curious how others have overcome these obstacles, if there are other nonfiction writers here. I just don't feel there are enough hours in the day, days in the week, and years in my life to really understand the market so I can target my submissions successfully, and this frustrates me to the point of inaction. I want to find a few dozen or so markets and just keep working them until I'm in, but how do I know there aren't hundreds of more appropriate ones? Hmm, I think too much.

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    Let me rephrase it:

    What are your strategies for narrowing down your potential market?

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    Hi Wannabee, you don't say much about how you currently search. Have you tried Duotrope.com? When I search nonfiction essays with Nature/Environment as a topic, I get 50 results, and you could probably refine from there. Worth checking out if you haven't already. It's free until the end of this month.

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    I've done everything...Writer's Market, the guide to small publications (can't remember its exact name), Duotrope...OK well I've done those three, which is most everything. I have no trouble fnding possible markets. I want to find probable buyers. I don't mind publishing some in journals, but I don't want to spend a lot of time doing that either. Certainly some excellent writers get published in journals a lot, but I'm still not sure how they fit into my plan (that's something for another thread maybe).

    50 isn't a large number but even 50 markets is a fairly formidable number to obtain issues of, read, and become familiar enough with to decide if they are for me. Sure I could hit all their websites in 2 hours but that isn't good research to me.

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