Category Archives: Publishing

Literary Magazines

literary magazines

On the panel regarding literary magazines at the Oakland Book Festival, the panelists discussed how extremely financially difficult it is to put out a literary magazine. This brought to mind, “Who reads these magazines?” Continue reading

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Oakland Book Festival

Oakland Book Festival

This Sunday, I attended the first ever Oakland Book Festival in downtown Oakland. So much inspiration in one place from so many different panels taking place at the same time.

Because there was so many panels occurring at the same time, I only attended four. How people were able to weave in and out of these rooms (that were each at capacity!) beats me.  Continue reading

The National Day on Writing

Happy National Day on Writing! What exactly does that mean? Well, if say you were a teacher, professor, instructor, etc, you could potentially celebrate the day doing something fun and creative with your class.  Continue reading

New and Improved!

Re-visiting this blog, I realized how much I enjoyed it, even though there were a small portion of folks reading my posts. But I enjoyed it overall!

After two years, I’m going to be contributing once more but with more of a focus which will once again, include my MFA process (take 2 for real this year), posting my work (more on that later), posting play reviews, my experiences in SF (location change!), book reviews (I miss writing them for my blog), and so much more!

I made business cards with this address on them and I hadn’t contributed in two years. Feeling rejuvenated with having a steady writing schedule now, making time for writing and also being part of a writing workshop, I’m on a roll and I don’t want to lose that momentum!

A few weeks ago, I went to a Blog Your Book Panel which provided some helpful information on how to put my work out there. There have been a number of people who have been discovered on blogs (’cause many people have one now) so why not contribute to my writing blog that I so enjoyed before?

So, dear readers that are still with me – the beginning of April will have more of a steady agenda of upcoming posts and a bunch more fun activities for me to share with you! I can’t wait to talk about writing and books with you all once again!

Connection

How do you connect with other writers?

At work, I overheard two co-workers discussing writing and I was reading a book as they conversed. I didn’t want to sound like a know it all because I’ve taken workshops, worked in publishing, blog, completed a novel, written short stories, and am familiar with the life of a writer without the publication bragging rights.

I sat there, excited, because I wanted to share my insight and experience so badly but I held this all inside because I had no idea how I would come across to them. One girl writes sporadically and has taken one writing workshop while the other co-worker self-published a trilogy (I believe; I was eavesdropping after all) without having taken a writing workshop in his life!

I see these folks every day and this would be a great way to make a connection with my co-workers, especially since I don’t know anyone at my current temporary job now. I don’t have the slightest clue how to speak up because I am so knowledgeable about it all.

How do writers connect outside of the writing community (like at work)?

*Update (10/7/10): I have since connected with these folks and it was so easy to do! Once you step out of your comfort zone, everything else falls in place. 🙂

Publishing Your Own Book – Advice from SARK

I discovered SARK three years ago and fell in love with her books that allow you to be yourself and own who you are.

I stumbled upon her website and had to share her publishing advice. It’s simple and inspiring; hope ya’ll enjoy and check out her work. She’s fabulous.

SARK’S PUBLISHING ADVICEPlanet Sark

Dear creative soul,
I wanted to put together a brief letter for you to have as a guideline to publishing. I know this process is somewhat daunting and scaling this wall is brave. It takes strength and endurance, but It can be done. Above all, stay centered envision and don’t give up. You will make your dreams reality if you continue to believe in your work.

"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?"
-Marianne Williamson

If you wish to publish use this affirmation:
"A Publisher will be lucky to find me!"

Continue believing in your own writing and message. Use this expression for your benefit:
"If I’m not getting rejected, I’m not reaching far enough."
Visualize your published book and keep going!

Here are some simple things to keep in mind as you stroll into the world of publishing your work

Make it real
Take your idea, and turn it into a physical book with a cover, art and a table of contents. Make it look as much like what you’ve seen in your imagination as possible. Lay out the design, add some writing. Give life to your book. Does it not have a life of its own anyway?

In the Beginning
Choose safe, gentle souls who are willing to not criticize, but support you in this state of your publishing journey. Share your book with them. Let them be thrilled with you. Listen and hear what they are saying to you. Do not dismiss their compliments or encouragement.

Read
Study and read everything about publishing you can find. The library has a lot of resources. Bookstores are good places to check out the newer books. Start to pay attention to who publishes books you like and admire. Read books that inspire you to continue writing. Read anything that helps you to stay close to your vision, encourages you, makes you laugh, makes you cry and feeds your soul.

Start a List
Start keeping track of publishers you like. Ask questions. Call a publisher you like and ask for submission guidelines or who you could talk to, to get this information. Be gently persistent and wildly curious. Check the current year’s Writer’s Guide for more submission information. They also have current editors and phone numbers.

Remember this:
The only reason publishers exist
is because of authors

Cocky unpublished authors

Last week at my internship, the first few lines of a query letter read like this:

“I have no desire to permanently join your current stable of writers. I have written this one novel and I’ve said everything that I care to say within it.”

Who sends this to a literary agent? Who does this? Is this person seriously thinking he will receive a response from the agent? I was shocked and wondered how so many unpublished authors can be so cocky.

There is a certain assertiveness and confidence that writers should have with their writing but there should be a balance when they want an agent in order to be published!

This isn’t the first I’ve read. Others have discussed profits upfront and other madness.

The best advice for authors is to be humble; no one likes to deal with arrogant people, especially those that don’t have anything to show for being arrogant.

Be easy and be humble. If you get a super big fat advance, then there’s a little room to be overconfident but that’s after you get in the door. Make a good first impression. Publishing is a very small world.