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
In yesterday's post, I wondered aloud about poets seeking publicity in a kinder, gentler way. In today's, I muse over just how cool it would be to have an understanding of those ways and not share them. Not share them? Right. Because feeling no need to share would be cool. Fact is, cool poets make like … Continue reading If You’re Trying To Be Cool, You’re Not
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
According to The Facts on File Encyclopedia or Word and Phrase Origins (3rd Edition), the expression "dog days" comes to us compliments of the Romans (who apparently couldn't stay in one place and were always roamin' around). "Dog days" refer to those torrid July and August days up ahead here in the northern hemisphere and … Continue reading Dog Days for Poetry Markets
Most writers are fond of proclaiming their devotion to the craft (ahem) of writing and by saying this explains their lack of discipline in marketing their work. Fair enough. These are two different skills, no doubt from two different hemispheres of the brain: Samarkand has a goal of submitting work to ten markets today, while … Continue reading What? Over-Submitting?
Yesterday the topic of revision came up. I resisted the urge to revise that post and instead decided to add a few random addenda here. Ridiculous? Maybe. But often I go back and forth, day by day, on the question of definite vs. indefinite article. "The" becomes "a" becomes "the" becomes "a." Better yet, I … Continue reading Revisionary
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