Firstly, expect to see within the next month or so a couple of interviews being posted. I’m interviewing for your discovery pleasure my darling co-author and friend, E. M. McBride and my fabulous friend and editor (also an author in her own right), Natalie Cannon, who has already had some interaction with this blog. I really encourage you guys to read this. These ladies are both great at what they do and I expect their interviews to be insightful and entertaining.
Secondly, I’ve begun to delve into the exciting world of literary journals. When I’ve compiled it, I’ll be posting a list of good journals to submit to, for those who are interested. But as a general, helpful tip, here’s what I’ve learned so far. Most places want you submitting one piece at a time, and only after you’ve heard back from one piece can you submit another (for poetry, it’s usually somewhere between 5-7 poems at a time). Max lengths range from 5k words to 10k words, depending on the publication. Expect to wait for 2-4 months before hearing back about your submission. They all suggest that you read some of their recent issues before submitting, to get a sense of what they’re looking for. ALSO, it’s usually okay to submit a piece to multiple journals at a time (unless a place says otherwise), as long as you notify the other journals you’ve submitted it to the second you hear from a journal that they’re going to publish it. Most places have a very strict policy that they don’t publish any material that’s been previously published anywhere, including anywhere on the internet (that means your blog, your Facebook, wherever your words might be). Be respectful of their policies and before you submit ANYTHING read their guidelines carefully to make sure you’re not making a silly mistake that will make you get tossed out without a second glance.
Journals are a great way of building your platform as a writer, so if you write short stories at all (which are a good writing excersize for novelists as well), or poetry or creative nonfiction, it’s a good idea to start looking into literary journals. Even if you don’t always get payed, you can get published, and that’s something no author should ever sniff at.