In an interesting post Sean Lovelace suggests that the skewed stats at Duotrope make it a much less valuable resource than it should be. And this may sound rather slow of me, but erm, yeah. Of course. See, I was advised to use Duotrope by a few more experienced writers, and I joined up and browsed. I personally would prefer not to be published at “easy” places that appear to accept anything and everything, so I was looking for the ones that have lower acceptance rates, and then reading their zines, seeing if I thought my work would fit, keeping an eye on the market. But I rarely updated my subs file there,(actually, I think I did once) instead I write them all in a rather fetching notebook, tres old skool of me. Then I stopped looking, preferring instead to read other writers blogs and follow their recommendations, reading work I admire and aiming to be as good as that. Sean points out that saying a place has a 50 per cent acceptance rate only works if erm, like, a hundred per cent of people who sub report what happens to their subs.
EDIT – I have had a response from someone calling themselves thesingularitysucks in which they explain very clearly why Mr Lovelace’s suggestion is incorrect, so it’s well worth anyone interested reading through the comments.