Julia MacDonnell’s No Time To Be A Good Girl

Push to Publish 2015

I’d always written because I had stories I wanted to tell and I wanted, however stubbornly or egotistically, to tell them my way. – Julia MacDonnell

18 days and counting until this years Push to Publish conference! It isn’t too late to register, just click the link provided, to be able to participate in a great experience where you can gain valuable information for a career in the literary world!

Among the conference attendees is published author Julia MacDonnell who will be a nonfiction Speed Date author as well as a panelist for Marketing for Published Authors Panel. MacDonnell’s latest book, Mimi Mallory, At Last! has  been released in paperback format March of this year. For more information about Julia and her books, click here.

Also, check out this fun and interesting article Julie has written about her journey as a writer to get her works published. The article can be found on The Artist Unleashed, a blog hosted by Jessica Bell. Check it out now – No Time To Be A Good Girl.

Michelle Wittle On Rejections and Submissions

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I get rejection letters all the time. Most of them
are the generic “thanks, but no thanks.” Before I went to grad school for my
MFA, I would have been crushed by a letter like that. I would take the impersonal
rejection letter as a complete failure on my part as a writer. I would assume
that cold rejection letter meant I should stop writing all together and find a
different creative outlet, like maybe needlepoint.

However, now I see that rejection letter for what it
really means. At this time, what I sent was not right for the current issue of
the magazine. It does not mean I should hang up my pen and grab some thread. I
shouldn’t toss my computer in the garbage or sell it on craigslist for
twenty-five bucks. The rejection letter means this piece isn’t what the
literary magazine is looking for right now.

I won’t resubmit the same piece later to the
magazine. It isn’t because I think the tide will change and in a few months they
will see how perfectly it fits. It’s because I’m busy sending that same story
out to other places. I believe in my story enough to know it deserves to be
published. It’s my job and duty to my work to find the right place for it.

I’ve also found when I have multiple projects
happening, the rejection letters become easier to handle.

Writing is an art and a business. The art comes from
obviously creating the piece. The business comes when it’s time to get that
piece out into the public. I think many writers take the business part too
personally. Remember, it’s not personal; it’s business. So why not take that
approach to submissions? Here are my suggestions:

  1. Believe
    in your piece. If you don’t think it’s ready, don’t put it out there.
  2. Research
    about twenty magazines. Look at their websites. Look at what they publish.
    Evaluate your piece. Would it fit there? Yes?
  3. Read
    their submission guidelines. Then follow them.
  4. Send
    out one story to five places.
  5. Work
    on something else.
  6. When
    you get your first rejection letter, read it. If it isn’t helpful, delete it
    and send out the piece to the sixth place on your list. Each time it gets
    rejected, send it back out to a new place and continue working through your
    list.
  7. Keep
    working on something new. This will help focus your efforts on the creative
    output and not bog you down with worry about why your piece keeps getting
    rejected.
  8. Keep
    in mind it’s a lot of work to get a piece published. But since you believe in
    your piece, you will continue looking for its new home.
  9.   When it
    gets accepted, contact the other magazines and ask to withdraw your story.
  10. Repeat
    this process with that new piece you were working on while you were waiting for
    the first piece to find a home.

The bottom line: do not take the rejection
personally because it isn’t meant to be that way. Most magazines are looking to
promote writers, not rip them apart. The rejection doesn’t mean it’s a bad
piece and you shouldn’t stop writing because of a rejection. Brush yourself off
and send the piece back out.

America’s Next Top Author (and other fantasy programs for book lovers) (via Here’s To Us)

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America's Next Top Author (and other fantasy programs for book lovers) Think about it: in the realm of American TV, we have reality contest shows for just about everything, whether it's cooking, modeling, singing, or navigating ridiculous obstacle courses and falling into giant tubs of mud and/or shaving cream. And that's not even mentioning the realm of non-competive reality programming à la the Kardashians. Here's my question–why don't we have anything for writing? My solution is "America's Next Top Author." Cue … Read More

via Here's To Us

The Writer’s Guide to Pulling Teeth (via Albert Berg’s Unsanity Files)

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Here’s one from writer Albert Berg for everybody struggling with writer’s block in one form or another…

The Writer's Guide to Pulling Teeth I know how it is. You wake up. Or maybe you're about to go to bed. Whenever it is, you sit down to write.You know what you want to say, you understand the turns the plot needs to take, and you've got a good handle on your characters. But when you actually start to write it feels like things Just. Aren't. Working.Your brain feels like sludge, the words dribble onto the screen like thick sewage, and you start to get depressed. You know you're bette … Read More

via Albert Berg's Unsanity Files

How Paper and Glue Books Might Lead to Your Next Best Idea (via Tim Kane Books)

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Here’s a great post on the benefits of using old-fashioned paper and glue books as references:

How Paper and Glue Books Might Lead to Your Next Best Idea I admit that more often than not, I used the computer to answer my questions. I have a nifty widget that pops up and becomes an instant thesaurus and dictionary. But there are some times that I need to yank that old paper and glue tome off its bookshelf and turn some pages. A few weeks ago I had an experience that reminded me what writing was like before the Internet and widgets and apps and all those time saving devices. I was doing some world b … Read More

via Tim Kane Books