The Simul-Sub Dilemma

Simultaneous submissions, like the Internet, are both boon and bane. They giveth and they taketh away. As a writer, you love journals that accept simultaneous submissions because they maximize your poems' chances for publication. But... First the little "but." The niggling problem--a nice one to have--comes when you get an acceptance. You have to go … Continue reading The Simul-Sub Dilemma

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Publicity Hounds from Hell

Note: The following is written for hounds trying not to bay like the Baskervilles. It explores Aristotle's philosophical conundrum: Can you self-promote your work without looking like you're self-promoting your work? Heed, then, the "sound" of trees falling in the wilderness.... I've written before that a part-time poet (full-time poets, like unicorns, are rare beasts … Continue reading Publicity Hounds from Hell

My Rejection Note, Their Marketing Tool

Writers attract rejection via the inbox like electricity draws dust via static cling. It's just part of the game. Sometimes, though, Emperor Nero publications add thumbs-down insult to injury, salt to wound, in- to dignity, when they use rejections as marketing opportunities. You know. Something like this: Dear Writer: Thanks for submitting your work to Poems … Continue reading My Rejection Note, Their Marketing Tool