The Pros and Cons to NaNoWriMo

During the month of November, I pretty much secluded myself away from the writing world.  I didn’t read any blogs and I didn’t submit any new stories.  I was so busy trying to bust out my NaNo word count every day that I actually forgot I was waiting to hear back from several publications.  TheContinue reading “The Pros and Cons to NaNoWriMo”

Writing Submission Status

I haven’t posted my personal waiting experience in a while.  So if you’re interested… Painted Bride Quarterly (date submitted: January 4th; what submitted: 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction)  Official Response Time:  unknown Cicada (date submitted: February 16th; what submitted: 2 poems)  Official Response Time: up to 4 months I’ve given up hope on the Cicada submissions,Continue reading “Writing Submission Status”

The Writer’s Curse: You Can Never Stop Working

If you’re a writer, you know that you’re doomed.  Doomed to a life of eternally working.  Time off from the day job just means you have more time to write, more time dedicated to being chained to your desk and the invisible spiderweb deadlines that you construct for yourself.  Maybe I’m just speaking for myself,Continue reading “The Writer’s Curse: You Can Never Stop Working”

Patience is (Allegedly) a Virtue

I think this is more of a wives tale than a proverb, personally.  What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever waited to hear back from a journal or literary agent?  How do you all stay patient?  I’m going BONKERS over here.  I’m still waiting on… Painted Bride Quarterly (date submitted: January 4th; what submitted:Continue reading “Patience is (Allegedly) a Virtue”

It’s Not All Over: Go to the Harry Potter Exhibit!

Well I’ve got some good announcements and some bad announcements.  The NYU Summer Publishing Institute officially ended on Friday and I graduated with a Certificate in Publishing (yey me!).  Good news: with the institute over, I will now have time to be regular with my blog posts yet again.  Bad news, though, is that the reason I’llContinue reading “It’s Not All Over: Go to the Harry Potter Exhibit!”

Dear Literary Journals: Please Send Me an Acceptance Letter for a Belated Birthday Present

Still waiting on submission responses from the final hold out literary journals. Painted Bride Quarterly (date submitted: January 4th; what submitted: 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction)  Official Response Time:  unknown Cicada (date submitted: February 16th; what submitted: 2 poems)  Official Response Time: up to 4 months storySouth (date submitted: June 1st; what submitted: 1 fiction)  OfficialContinue reading “Dear Literary Journals: Please Send Me an Acceptance Letter for a Belated Birthday Present”

Hunting for Undiscovered Publication Paths

As I mentioned earlier, I was slammed with a load of rejection letters this week.  This means that I need to start up the submission process again.  However, I’ve kind of run out of ideas of where to send my writing.  Does anybody have any recommendations for literary journals to submit fiction and creative non-fiction to?  Or a resource that listsContinue reading “Hunting for Undiscovered Publication Paths”

The “Writing What You Know” Rule is Baloney

A lot of you writers are probably throwing up your arms in disagreement at my sacrilegious statement.  But honestly, fiction writing would be really boring if authors strictly stuck to writing only what they know.  Books wouldn’t portray fantasy creatures that they concocted because they never experienced meeting one themselves.  Can you imagine how awfulContinue reading “The “Writing What You Know” Rule is Baloney”

Lesson: You Can Get a Rejection Letter at Any Time

Despite the fact that it’s Sunday morning, I was able to wake up and smell the roses with a form rejection letter in the mail.  A form rejection letter at that.  [Depressed hang of head]. But at least we learned something from it, yes?   Palooka: A Journal of Underdog Excellence Official submission response time: Continue reading “Lesson: You Can Get a Rejection Letter at Any Time”

How to Grab an Editor’s Attention: Bragging (Politely) in Your Query Letter–With Example

  For those of you who are shy and don’t like bragging about your publishing credits for fear of being impolite, stop being shy!  Literary journal editors and literary agents WANT to hear about that stuff!  A query letter and a cover letter are like job interviews.  Proving that you’re a qualified writer helps you–andContinue reading “How to Grab an Editor’s Attention: Bragging (Politely) in Your Query Letter–With Example”