Not many people click off the main page, so I’ve decided to make this a post as well.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Publication rights that is. First serial rights? First electronic rights? Find out what publishers are asking and what you are prepared to give them.
^ Gary Smailes TEDx talk (above) is a fantastic presentation on the myths of publishing and provides a wake up call for wannabe writers and the realities inherent in actually becoming successful, starting from nothing.
Want some great advice as well as articles on writing technique from someone of the calibre of Chuck Palahnuik? Check out Lit Reactor
Taking time to chill out is important. You can keep it in the writing sphere by listening to Mur Lafferty’s brilliant award winning podcast I Should Be Writing. She’s been through all the tribulations you and I have, and offers great insight and advice across the spectrum.
UK Story Markets: Although some may be defunct there’s a fantastic list of available places to submit your work, some paid, some not.
Short Story Contests 2016: some free to enter, others charge a fee.
A great cluster of links through Writer’s Relief covering everything, including publishing tips from short stories to novels.
A comprehensive list of UK literary agencies with addresses, phone numbers and Twitter accounts.
I hope that helps!