Well, it’s been quite a while since I have written anything on this blog. Quite frankly, I’ve been busy promoting my new book Seeds: Meditations on Grace in a World with Teeth
promoting an older novel: Go Down To Silence, which has taken on new legs because of the new book…
finishing and revising a dystopian novel: IMAGO, and pitching that and my other urban fantasy Blood Roots (of which I posted several chapters on this very blog – see previous posts) to small publishers. Oh, wait… there’s more… I am FINALLY finishing the last 80 pages or so of my literary/general fiction novel Sons and Brothers (my goal is to complete it by August 1st). And, finally…. I have experimented with my first podcast on Garage Band, but I still need to learn how to post the stupid thing.
That’s why I have not posted on this site for a while. There is lots to discuss in the coming months. I hope you will join me.
I want to leave you with this practical note:
If you are a writer who is serious about publishing your work with traditional publishers (small or medium or big), you need several tools:
First, you need to subscribe to Duotrope: https://duotrope.com/account/login.aspx
This is an online accumulation of editors/agents/publishers, journals, etc…. easily accessible and simple to use. Most new writers do not know where to send there material once they believe they are ready to send it… Well, now there are no excuses.
Secondly, you need to create a spreadsheet of who, what, where, when, and response. Like so many other things in life… the “I just fell into this…” is a big myth. Becoming a master at a craft/art/sport/life is intentional. And so is networking and seizing and creating opportunities. A writer must be ready for the opportunity when it comes, and must cultivate/create the opportunities so they do come. A spreadsheet is how we do this. Only one writer (shout out to Ben Percy) even mentioned this at our MFA program. I took it to heart then, and I’m sharing it now. It’s easy:
Publisher/Editor/Magazine (again, see duotrope)
Manuscript Sent: Your poem, short story, novel, sample, query, etc…
Date Sent: (da!)
Response: Asked for full manuscript, asked for sample chapters, (I could be snarky here, but I’ll be professional).
You will not believe how helpful this is, how exciting it is, how depressing, how encouraging/discouraging…. but most importantly… you will be taking your first major step towards creating opportunities you never thought you could have. Writing isn’t chance. It’s damn hard and it takes true perseverance.
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