Today, Duotrope went to its new subscription-based model. If you’ve made the same decision I have, then you can no longer access its searchable market database and its submissions tracker. It was a tough decision for me, but after a lot of thought, I decided I would give it a go without Duotrope. I know most of the markets to which I want to submit, so Duotrope’s market search isn’t that important to me anymore–in fact I haven’t used it in quite some time. The submission tracker was nice and easy, but there are other alternatives. I’ve got my spreadsheet tracker, but I’ve also decided to give Sonar3 a try. It’s a submission tracking program from Simon Haynes (aka. Spacejock) which has been recommended to me by several people. I’ve had good experiences with other Spacejock software (I’ve used yWriter for the past three years), so I’m confident Sonar3 will meet my needs.
There are also other alternatives for Duotropes others features. Author J. W. Alden has compiled a collection of links to free market listings, submission trackers, and sources of market response statistics. While none of these is as slick as Duotrope’s one-stop shop , they can potentially fill the void if you can’t bring yourself to pay $50 a year (or $5 per month). I’ve also heard rumors of Duotrope competitors coming online with more logical submission subscription models, for example, allowing users to track their submissions for free so the site can compile market data that can then be accessed at a reasonable price.
So don’t despair if you can’t or don’t want to pay for Duotrope. There are alternatives.