8 Things I Learned From Running a Literary Magazine for 8 Years

Running a literary magazine is a lot of work. It’s also a great learning experience. Here are eight important things I learned during my eight years as founding editor of Bartleby Snopes. 1. Most Writers are Good People. Sure, there are a few jerks who respond to rejections with a tirade of profanity, but the … Continue reading 8 Things I Learned From Running a Literary Magazine for 8 Years

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10 Things You Are Doing As a Writer That Piss Off Editors (And Could Get You Blacklisted)

Writers are the second hardest working people in the lit mag industry. The hardest working? You guessed it: the editors. And guess what? They get a lot less "reward" out of it than the writers do. Yes, writers spend hours and hours writing, editing, researching, and submitting. Add in the countless hours of bitching and … Continue reading 10 Things You Are Doing As a Writer That Piss Off Editors (And Could Get You Blacklisted)

The Great Editing Problem

Let me start by saying that I am guilty of the sin I am about to decry. My sin was most recently brought to my attention by one of my former students. He found it in the very first chapter of my serial novel, Misty Me and Me. A typo. Gasp. The scarlet letter of … Continue reading The Great Editing Problem

Editing Your Way to a Better Story

For many writers, the editing process produces mixed feelings. Okay, perhaps that was an understatement. Editing is often a tedious chore that takes us away from accomplishing other things (like writing more stories). On the other hand, this necessary chore can often be an enjoyable experience. It allows us to relive the story, to experience … Continue reading Editing Your Way to a Better Story