The "Love of the Market" or free model
A publisher and/or editor puts out a call for submissions and you write (or have written) something that you feel will be a fit. You send it off and you get a yay or a nay. And in it goes to the book along with other stories - I am submitting to short story anthologies at the moment.
The Paid model
I wrote part of a story, a novel in fact then a LTM call came that the story would have been good for. I sent it off after some serious editing submitted it but a number of reasons I pulled the submission. I then started to re-write it as a novel. I then spotted an open call for submissions for eBooks.
I submitted. I was rejected... but with a lovely email pointing out why they rejected.
Rewrite! Submission number two.
This time I was accepted, contracts exchanged.
Now I am in the 'edits' stage. The story has been read and returned with suggestions for changes. I have made some changes and sent the piece back for (possible) further edits. The process seems to me like more of a collaboration and I am very excited to think of the finished product. One step closer to being a professional but I am still writing for LTM anthologies. I owe that market and Chris Bartholomew of Static Movement in particular a huge debt of gratitude. Onwards and upwards hopefully!