If, When, and How to Respond to Emails from Editors

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Nothing elicits more fear and excitement for a writer than seeing a new email from an editor sitting in their inbox. These emails can bring us great news, bad news, or even something in between. Will it be a rejection? An acceptance? A restraining order requesting you never submit again? Just seeing the unread email … Continue reading If, When, and How to Respond to Emails from Editors

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Do these 10 things every time you submit your writing and you’ll never be rejected again!

If you’re a writer, you either know rejection really well or you’ve never sent out your work. And if you’ve never sent out your work, then you’re not really a writer yet. In my opinion, you become a writer the first time you’re rejected. Rejection shapes who you are as a writer and is the … Continue reading Do these 10 things every time you submit your writing and you’ll never be rejected again!

Everything You Need to Know Before Entering a Writing Contest

Submitting to a writing contest can be a great opportunity. With prizes often in the thousands plus publication, there’s the chance for big money and big exposure. Of course, the odds aren’t in your favor. Any writing contest with a big prize purse is getting hundreds, if not thousands of submissions. If you want to … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know Before Entering a Writing Contest

10 Writing Resolutions Actually Worth Keeping

As we move into a new year, you’re probably honing in on some writing resolutions. But let’s do things a bit differently this year. Forget the stupid cliche shit like “I’m going to write every day” and “I’m going to finish and publish my novel.” Instead, let’s focus on things that will improve the literary … Continue reading 10 Writing Resolutions Actually Worth Keeping

What to Do with All Your Bad Writing

If you’re anything like me—and every other writer in the world—you’ve written your fair share of garbage. Stuff that makes you cringe. Stuff that no reputable or even halfway-reputable publication would even think about publishing. So let’s talk about what you’re supposed to do with all that junk. Wait, before we do that, let’s talk … Continue reading What to Do with All Your Bad Writing

How to Get Published And Still Be a Failure

As writers, one of our top goals is always to get published. Obviously we expect fame and fortune to accompany every publication, but oftentimes a mere acceptance will satisfy our desire for literary greatness. But there’s one major problem with the “I must get published” attitude. Getting published should not and cannot be your endgame. … Continue reading How to Get Published And Still Be a Failure

When to Pull the Plug on an Acceptance

Having a story accepted is a huge accomplishment for any writer. Unfortunately, having a story accepted sometimes doesn’t turn out as planned. What starts as a celebration sometimes ends in months of waiting and agony, ultimately culminating in us having a story that needs another home. A few months ago, a friend and fellow writer … Continue reading When to Pull the Plug on an Acceptance

Go Ahead and Be a Simultaneous Submission Rebel

Simultaneous submissions can be a writer’s best friend. After all, your odds of having a story or poem accepted by any given publication are bleak. With many publications boasting acceptance rates anywhere from 5% all the way down to a fraction of a fraction of a percent, you’re probably going to see a great deal … Continue reading Go Ahead and Be a Simultaneous Submission Rebel

Writers Don’t Have To Be Cheaters

If things aren’t going your way in the publishing world, you can always try what Michael Derrick Hudson did: write as a different person. We all know the story by now. Hudson, a white poet who somehow arrived at the conclusion that being white was a big obstacle in his writing career, started submitting his … Continue reading Writers Don’t Have To Be Cheaters

Dear Writers, Don’t Be Assholes

This morning I woke up to this little note in my Bartleby Snopes inbox: You motherfuckers have to be kidding me. After some of the shit I've read on your site? Fuck off   The offense that warranted such a response? Well, we rejected his story, of course. A little background: this was the 13th time … Continue reading Dear Writers, Don’t Be Assholes