I've read in Writers Market and other places for new authors that they need to get their name out there in magazines and such, small publishings basically in order for a big agent to pick them up. But to be honest, that doesn't interest me in the slightest. I'm not all that great at short stories, but mostly because they just hold no interest for me. I don't read magazines so I don't know what they want. But I have no other professional or educational background to back myself as a writer. Is this absolutely required? I'm certain note absolutely, but... I guess I am trying to justify my own not wanting to. It takes time away from my focus on my actual books. Not to mention I (like everyone else) already have a full busy life. Adding a new focus of getting some blurbs that I don't care about in the slightest in some magazines I feel are going to be counter productive. Am I totally wrong in this, need to get over it and just focus on some magz for a while? If so where do I begin? Not to mention how? I looked into it for a while but magazine sites and such have next to no information on how to get an artical published. At least the sites I have been to. I know there are some wonderful sites for short story contests too of course. And they truly are a wonderful source, but again I feel it's counter productive when all I want to focus on is the novels.