Winter Publication Update
Much as I love literary journals, it doesn't make sense for me to spend 10-20 hours writing and editing a longform piece, then send it to a journal that will let me know in 3-4 months maybe (yesterday I just withdrew a submission that a journal had for one year) if they will publish it for $0.
Don't even get me started on contests, where your $20 admission subsidizes the award given out to one lucky writer.
This was a mindset shift that was a long time coming for me, and not an easy one. Coming up in my MFA program, it was conventional wisdom that you would publish in obscure literary journals, then publish in better journals, then publish a book of short stories, then get your novel out.
That's not the way it works any more.
I write because I love it, but it's also the way I make a living — and it doesn't make a lot of sense to submit content to journals when I could get paid to publish the same thing on a different website.
While I'll still submit to journals, I'll limit it to flash fiction pieces or old stories I'm slowly refining. This is a big issue; there's no easy answer. I guess for me it stopped being fun, in and of itself, to get a byline in a lit mag. The journey stopped being the reward. So new horizons, for now.
You can catch me in:
Another flash piece about the donut shop.
A rewrite of an old workshop piece.
Advice for travelers who want to tread lightly, see the world, and interact with local people.
I see a lot of writers tripping over themselves to hire editors because they think it will help them get an agent - and I wanted them to avoid these pitfalls.
Another post about predatory freelance editors, with a success story from someone I met at Writers Digest Conference.
Our budgeting process, missteps along the way, and what we learned - super helpful if you're trying to get on track with finances.
All your lesbian relationship questions, answered.