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If you are unpublished.  Looking into different magazines that try to help new writers become noticed is Glimmer Train Press and The New Yorker magazine.  I have a subscription to The New Yorker magazine and the stories published are slick.  Meaning they are contemporary writings.  There are realism stories along with the contemporary.  Throughout the magazine you can read about the major events happening around NYC.  It covers theater productions, musical productions and art exhibits.

I have submitted a couple of short stories to Glimmer Train Press.  They have many contests throughout the year for unpublished writers to enter.  There are several categories to choose from, and different deadlines.  For example the short-short story contest deadline is April 30.  Their website http://www.glimmertrain.com/ provides information on costs for entering and the guidelines for your writing submission.

Besides these two magazines there are many more writing contests to be found just using Google.  So good luck!images (3)

 

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I agree with this article but there is a big misconception about authors.  There are good authors who are not recognized because their work is not mainstream popular reading.  The decisions to read and study certain literature in a canon is determined, in my opinion, by political and cultural preferences.  Whatever is popular now is what people want to read about.  There were books held back from the public (like Kate Chopin‘s The Awakening) because of people in power found their work offensive.  Literature is a fickle thing.  I don’t know a lot of people that can actually agree about what should be studied in college literature classes or read as entertainment.  As a society we are like a leaf apt to go where the wind blows us.

The new writers and authors are flooding the market with self-published books and e-books.  There are all kinds of writers.    Sure we don’t have a lot of Mark Twains or Edgar Allen Poes’ anymore.  But shouldn’t we find some that are still worthy to quote?  Obviously the Noble Prize in Literature is still finding candidates to hand out the award to.  Even the Newberry Award is given out every year.  So there is still some talent out there.

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People will read what they want to read.  As writers we just need to write what we feel.  Whether it will make it into a canon or not is up to those who select it.

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I have just returned from a great empowering writer’s conference.  Every author new to the craft or veterans wanting new information should attend conferences.  The publishing industry is changing and the news sounds grim for traditional publishing.  There are a lot of great new doors open for writers in this technological age.  We can self-publish with  Createspace ( https://www.createspace.com/ ), which is a part of Amazon.  Selling ebooks online with the biggest book seller would be a smart thing to do.  But there are other companies to consider.  There’s Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/) and Apple’s iBookstore (http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/ ) that offer a great way to self publish.  But wait there’s more!  You have Barnes & Noble, Pubit! (http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home ).  And then there’s Google where you can submit your book with the biggest search engine and have millions of views from consumers.

Are you overwhelmed yet?  I know I was today.  Everyone is self-publishing.  And what does that mean for readers?  There are a lot more good and bad choices now.  Not all indie books are edited.  Which could mean for some tough reading.

So I listened to David Harrison (who has sold millions of books) talk about writing what you know or have experienced.  I kind of already knew that.  I heard Terry Miller (who is a fantastic illustrator) talk about the new age of eReaders and where our publishing world is heading.  I had a clue a couple of years ago when the first iPad hit the country with all it’s cool apps that people everywhere would want one.  And then I was privileged to hear Ellen Hopkins talk about her books like her best-seller CRANK.  Everyone on the panel had lots of information and good advice.  There was a panel of authors of YA.  And editor, who I am sure everyone knows, Emma Dryden (www.drydenbks.com) .  Hearing from professionals is always uplifting.  I can’t praise SCBWI enough for all the work they do for their members.

So what am I telling you?

What I am saying is that even though you feel like you know everything.  It is always good to attend a conference and get information and also to network.  Someone there might just have the right information to help you out.  If you need it.  I know I came away from this conference with some critiques that are pushing me to revise my own stories.  I knew my manuscripts needed work.  I just didn’t know where.  It was great to hear from professional editors what they thought of my work.  I am glad I have some fresh new opinions from the conference.  Adding a few new friends was just the icing on the cake.

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The Millions : “A Right Fit”: Navigating the World of Literary Agents.

 

I not only felt that this article was important enough to blog about again.  But I actually used my precious ink in my printer to print it out for a hard copy.  This is a wake up call to all unpublished writers out there.

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Critique Groups

How useful is a critique group?  Very!!  Especially if you are a beginner writer.  I belong to one and enjoy it immensly.  Try one out and see how it improves your writing.  Just remember the rules:

1. Don’t argue.  Even if you are trying to justify what you are saying don’t get upset.

2. If more than one person says a comment about your manuscript than there could be a rewrite in your future.

3. Own your work.  People will have advice and so forth but you are the one who has to like it in the end.

4. Have fun!  It is good to get out in the community especially for writers because we work alone.

I hope this helps. 🙂

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In today’s technological advances there are still some who are not so tech savvy.  This is including me.  I am still trying to figure out why we need to “connect” to other people through a computer.  How are we even “connecting” if you don’t see the other person or even hear them?  How do we even know if the other person emailing, blogging, or updating stats on their Facebook is even the person we are friends with?  Maybe I have read too many conspiracy theory novels.  But wouldn’t it be better to make contact with people in person?  Who am I though to judge how others want to “connect”?  I am just a little backwards, old-fashioned and love seeing faces when I talk to someone.  I like to see reactions and expressions flit across a face letting me know what they truly think.  Instead of cute little smiley faces or now the ever popular heart. ❤  I had to ask my son one day what was up with the sign.  He, of course, laughed (for quiet a long time too) before telling me it is supposed to be a heart.  Wow!  Talk about some imaginative minds out there.  So here I am trying to connect with blogging to get the word out about my work.

I have several novels written.  Along with some picture books in draft phase.  I have been working towards becoming published the traditional way for more than four years.  I have a nice collection of rejection letters from agents and publishers.  If I had to brag about my work so far I don’t think I would want to.  I could say that I have two articles published on eHow but most people in the writing world frown upon the website.  I had some fellow classmates say once, “The people who write for eHow are idiots”.  I didn’t dare tell them to count me as one of those “idiots”. Now I just concentrate on my craft and finishing school.  I still have hope one day I will be published.

So in the end becoming viral is not a bad thing, but helpful for finding the right agent, and for that agent to see I am trying to help promote myself as an author.  You can find me on Pinterest and Tumblr.   Google someone today! ( :

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