On Getting Your Writing Anthologized

The moment you find out, you get this warm, fuzzy, ridiculously happy feeling. And then you look at previous editions of the anthology on Amazon to see their popularity/sales ranking. Then you look at those same past editions on Goodreads to see how many people actually read them and liked them. And then you goContinue reading “On Getting Your Writing Anthologized”

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Dear Writers: Read This For Your Own Good

Making editorial assistants cry is the equivalent to killing kittens: (1) it’s soulless; (2) selfish; and if these adjectives don’t scare you off, at the very least it’s (3) frowned upon. So read about how to avoid this cardinal sin over at the INTERN’s blog. (Here’s a hint: be a smart submitter and savvy negotiatorContinue reading “Dear Writers: Read This For Your Own Good”

How Winning a Writing Contest Can Improve a Writer’s Self-Esteem

Wonderful news, folks! You are officially reading the blog of the winner of Honorable Mention in the 2011 Writer’s Digest Young Adult Fiction Competition!* According to their congratulatory email, “competition was fierce,” so I’m super proud! While first and second place comes with fame (publication of their entry in Writer’s Digest) and fortune (they wonContinue reading “How Winning a Writing Contest Can Improve a Writer’s Self-Esteem”

All I Want For Christmas is an Acceptance Letter

It’s not really the only thing I want this year (I’d really like Bank of America to stop dragging their feet–they’re taking so long that paperwork keeps expiring and we have to resubmit things over and over again–and let me buy the condo I’ve been waiting on for months so I’ll actually have a placeContinue reading “All I Want For Christmas is an Acceptance Letter”

The Scoop on New South Journal

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the rejection letters I got in the past month was for New South, the official literary art journal of George State University. I submitted a fiction story that I’ve been shopping around for two years now–a story I’ve fixed-up, reorganized, and rewrote at the recommendation ofContinue reading “The Scoop on New South Journal”

What 1,100 Words Looks Like: Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo 2011

I’m currently plowing through the book No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, the creator of NaNoWriMo, as I prepare for the incredibly unplanned month of writing ahead of me.  (Being that I’ve gotten SNOWED IN  the weekend before Halloween–strange and unacceptable–I have time to start and finish an entire book.) Reading it is actuallyContinue reading “What 1,100 Words Looks Like: Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo 2011”

When They Came to Delete the Book from the Syllabus

Sorry to have broke my usually reliable blogging schedule.  For some reason a billion writing deadlines have piled up on me this week in particular (I’m submitting something to the Tiny Texas House Writing Competition I mentioned a while back and Sucker magazine, which I mentioned even father back; deadline: this weekend) and instead ofContinue reading “When They Came to Delete the Book from the Syllabus”

Write a Tiny Essay, Win a Tiny Texas House

Tiny animals, tiny teacups, tiny anything, triggers cooing in most humans and I cannot resist saying “it’s so cute!” every time I look at this amazing writing prize. A Tiny Texas House is built of 99% salvaged materials.  Basically, it’s an adorable, quaint, and rather small recycled house and you can win one if youContinue reading “Write a Tiny Essay, Win a Tiny Texas House”

Chapbook Contest–Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction

On the ride home from work yesterday I got the germ of a new book idea.  I want it to be a collection of creative non-fiction essays organized around a theme.  Aside from basically everything David Sedaris writes, there aren’t many non-fiction short story collection books for sale in stores.  So I was wondering, howContinue reading “Chapbook Contest–Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction”

No Labor Day Weekend Plans? Write a Whole Novel in 72-hours and Get Published!

So this morning I was talking with my new coworkers and most people responded to the question “what are you looking forward to” with a list of exciting holiday weekend travel and/or adventure plans.  I was one of those lame (or, if you look at it from another angle, spontaneous) individuals who had nothing specialContinue reading “No Labor Day Weekend Plans? Write a Whole Novel in 72-hours and Get Published!”