My thoughts on what to do when we hit life’s brickwalls and how to pursue our dreams up on The Wild Word.
Loosing my looks, loneliness, death and not ever being ready are my most insistent demons. In this month’s essay I talk about my demons changing their sheepskin, and not leaving me alone without a fight :). “How I Laid My Demons To Rest” up on The Wild Word.
I am so excited my poem “The Baby Suddenly Falls” is published in the latest issue of Literary Mama. This poem was submitted over fourteen months ago, and it was almost a year ago that I was informed that it was accepted and that it would be published in September issue 2007. After a year, I thought? It was a first for me. So here is what my experience with this submission taught me:
a) Always keep track of your submissions. When they will be published, the email of the editor who contacted you.
b) Check on your poem, and revise your bio about a month before its publication date.
c) Contact the editor. Offer her a revised bio. Chances are that after a year the publications you will want to include in your bio will be very different from the ones at the time of submission. A lot happens in a year. I, for instance, decided to use a different name under all my publications.
d) The chances are that after a year, you will have also become a better writer. So, you’ll probably see your poem and cringe. Correct any obvious mistakes you find; editors are people too, working too many hours in front of a PC. It’s your name that is written below your piece.
e) Thank the publication. Spread the word.