Look guys, we made it! I’m still feeling a bit under the weather with a persistent cough that no OTC medication seems to be able to tame, which made being one of four lovely featured poets last night at a library quite interesting. I read for about 10 minutes including two newer poems, one from each of my chapbooks and then quite a few from Paper House. I’m at that point now, where I am kind of tired from reading from the old collections. My first chapbook At the A & P Meridiem is down to only about 6 copies in my possession. I don’t think I’m going to reorder (at least for a while) once those sell. I’m ready to move onto new things and I have plenty of PH and Atom copies to sell and then Fat Girl will be out in September. ANNNND I have a reader looking over what might be a 4th chapbook that I can start sending to publishers I may not be writing anything new, but I keep working on revisions and sending my stuff out there.
Speaking of which:
- Submitted: 3 items: group of photos, set of poems and 1 essay.
- Accepted: Zilch
- Rejected: Nothing. THAT IS WEIRD!
I procrastinated this afternoon by going through more of my online folders to see which photos I thought appropriate to send out. I’m slowly working through them all, then I want to make my way to other computers (phones etc) and even the printed pictures and slides I have from pre-digital years to see what I should scale in. It is a slow process.
The poems I sent out were the last of the new material that I thought were keepers. I typed everything from my notebook and, except for the one still up on poem Thursday, I’ve cleaned house and no new ideas are coming to me right now which is ok (I know I know, I talked about this before). I know as soon as I start reading some work I really enjoy, I’ll start writing again. That’s always how it works with me. I’m inspired by other writers. I will always say my first love is reading.
My lone essay was one I pulled from 6 months of no response. I only changed one word which means I’m either way too in love with the essay or it is just perfect (HA!). I doubt the latter.
A few more notes on publication stuff. I forgot to mention my Fabio poem is now up in Wild Goose Poetry Review and that one of my stories Sex of Food is up in Steel Toe Review (PG-13, ya’ll!). Still not sure what I am going to do with the remaining fiction pieces I have. Under 5000 words of flash fiction does not a chapbook make! And, one of my previously accepted photographs titled “Once” is now up in LitSnack.
Last thing. What do you guys think of editors publishing their own material in their magazines? I read a new print publication recently called fresh. It doesn’t appear they are taking non-solicited material at this time. Do a lot of magazines publish mainly themselves and people they know when they start up? I know, my start-ups have often involved people I knew – at first – cause that’s how word got out, but I’ve always held back from publishing my own words in my own mags. What do you guys think?
Hope you guys wrote, submitted or at least though of words this week! See ya around the web