“So, You Want to Work in Publishing?”–Molly Martin

  Welcome to the guest blogging series, So, You Want to Work in Publishing! Every Thursday you can look forward to the personal stories of how someone else broke into publishing. (For previous posts in the series, check out this page.) The guest bloggers and I hope that you find our stories encouraging, informative, andContinue reading ““So, You Want to Work in Publishing?”–Molly Martin”

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So, You Want to Work in Publishing

I got my dream job pretty much right out of college: an editor at a book publishing company. But as those of you who have broken into the publishing industry know–and as those who haven’t broken in yet, probably suspect–it wasn’t easy to get a job in publishing. When I went to The Susquehanna ReviewContinue reading “So, You Want to Work in Publishing”

An E-Reader Battle: Kindle Fire vs. Kindle

My boyfriend completely surprised me this year when we exchanged gifts and I unwrapped a Kindle Fire. Only last Christmas, his parents had shocked me by giving me a traditional Kindle so I was not expecting the newest product in the Kindle line. Though in the past few months I was aware of the releaseContinue reading “An E-Reader Battle: Kindle Fire vs. Kindle”

Win WEAVE Magazine’s 1st Annual Writing Contest

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Weave Magazine is a dark and fabulous literary journal.  Or, as they like to describe it: Weave is dark humor and magical realism. Weave is strange and fantastical. Weave also loves realistic narratives in fiction and poetry. Weave loves honest and simple nonfiction, not confessional for confessions sake. Weave loves strong,Continue reading “Win WEAVE Magazine’s 1st Annual Writing Contest”

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”

What to Expect While Submitting to the Owl Eye Review and Palooka

I’m a strong believer in simultaneous submissions.  So I’ve had this creative non-fiction short story, “What To Expect While Grieving for Your Father” that I’ve been submitting around multiple places for a month or so.  It’s gotten three rejection letters–from New Delta Review, Owl Eye Review, and Palooka–and today [drum roll please!] I was notifiedContinue reading “What to Expect While Submitting to the Owl Eye Review and Palooka”

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”

Unexpected Writing Scams: Should You Pay to Submit Your Writing?

Like Brevity, I’m a little confused about the cancellation of the Richard M. Thorson Literary Prize for Agrarian Prose, for the allegedly unacceptable practice of charging contest submission fees.  Very nearly every sanctioned writing contest I’ve ever entered, I’ve been required to pay a small reading fee.  None of them were scams.  Many were postedContinue reading “Unexpected Writing Scams: Should You Pay to Submit Your Writing?”

Writing for an Audience vs. Expression of an Idea

When do you start taking the audience into account during your writing process?  With most writers, one day they want their creative writing to be read.  Ideally, to be read by strangers in some officially published format.  (It’s great when our parents and friends read our work on the computer screen, but I don’t thinkContinue reading “Writing for an Audience vs. Expression of an Idea”

Quiz: How to Identify (And Avoid) Submitting Your Creative Writing Under the Influence

It happens late at night.  Well after everyone else has gone to bed, during the witching hour when there’s not even any good reruns on television.  You’ve checked your email and submishmash account 12 times successively in the hopes of an update.  You reread the short story which most recently received rejection from the literaryContinue reading “Quiz: How to Identify (And Avoid) Submitting Your Creative Writing Under the Influence”