A TINGE of a Publishing Chance

Edited by the students in Temple University’s M.F.A Program in Creative Writing, TINGE magazine is a relatively new online literary journal published twice annually (April and December).  Their first issue came out this Spring.  It’s hard to know what exactly a journal wants before you know what they publish, so the issue’s content will beContinue reading “A TINGE of a Publishing Chance”

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”

Poll: What Do My Rejection Letters from Literary Agents Mean?

Ever since I read Nathan Bransford’s post “Why You Are Receiving Rejection Letters,” I’ve been thinking about my own rejection letters from literary agents.  I’ve been trying to decide whether I should set aside my middle-grade historical fiction manuscript and start writing a new one, or if I should persevere and stubbornly continue submitting it. Continue reading “Poll: What Do My Rejection Letters from Literary Agents Mean?”

If You’re Feeling a Little Rejected…

Read this. Why You Are Receiving Rejections “The Gust,” Willem van de Velde In the tangled morass of uncertainty that is the query process, it becomes easy to lose sight of the basics. People e-mail me every day me for feedback and suggestions on their query (which I’m unfortunately unable to provide), and want toContinue reading “If You’re Feeling a Little Rejected…”

Speculation on Zahir Journal Rejection Letters

I don’t have to speculate, I know.  Right on time this past week, on the dot of their official submission response time, I got a form rejection letter.  I hope you have better luck in your writing submissions! Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction Type of Journal: online, with a annual printed anthology What They Want: Continue reading “Speculation on Zahir Journal Rejection Letters”

Writing is a Waiting Game

I am currently waiting upon… 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)  Official Response Time: 2-6 months Weave magazine (dateContinue reading “Writing is a Waiting Game”

Snapshot of a Writing Contest at Memoir (And) Literary Journal

Here’s a writing contest that I should have posted yesterday, but I ended up going to the International Photography Museum instead.  Elliot Erwitt is now officially my favorite photographer of all time.  The narrative in many of his pictures was just so funny.  My friend and I kept laughing at each new framed photograph weContinue reading “Snapshot of a Writing Contest at Memoir (And) Literary Journal”

4 Things You Should Do While Waiting for Your Million Dollar Book Deal

It is NOT procrastinating.  Cross my heart and swear.  All of the following steps are acts of harvesting material to inspire your brain.  You can’t circle the same ideas in your head all the time.  Your writing will start looking like dirty dish water.  Or laundry water.   So go experience something different to help yourContinue reading “4 Things You Should Do While Waiting for Your Million Dollar Book Deal”

Today Shall Henceforth Be Known as “The Day I First Met Meg Cabot”

True story. Went to the 31st Annual Conference of the Romance Writers of America in the NYC Marriott just to get her signature for my sister’s copy of Abandon.  I desperately wish that I also owned a copy of The Princess Diaries to have gotten signed for myself and I desperately wish that my friendContinue reading “Today Shall Henceforth Be Known as “The Day I First Met Meg Cabot””

Rediscovering the New Delta Review

When I enter writing contests, I always pay a little extra to get a subscription to the literary journal in question.  That way, even if I don’t win (which I usually do not) I still get the present of a new literary journal to read, which usually numbs the pain of rejection.  (I’m being over-dramaticContinue reading “Rediscovering the New Delta Review”