August is the month in which Nothing Happens, generally speaking, in the publishing world, which is why I’ve been fairly silent on this blog lately. The other reason is that I’m taking advantage of the quiet and am writing, writing, writing. A few wintry days last week helped … and now that the sun is back, this means means Notebook in the Park instead of Sitting at Computer.
A tip for making the most of these last days of summer: Self-imposed deadlines. Give your self a few of them. Whether you take baby steps or set longer-term goals — a scene a day; 10 pages a week; a chapter a month — be sure to do these two things: 1) tell someone about your goal; and 2) follow up with this person. Nothing helps you meet a deadline like having to report to someone about it, and, if you didn’t meet it, having to explain why you didn’t.
And with September right around the corner, it’s also a great time to dust off your stories, essays, and poetry, as literary magazines that have been dormant all summer will soon be accepting submissions again. Visit New Pages for a good list of magazines as well as submissions updates.
I also ran across this excellent book publishing glossary, which, if publishing jargon is still mysterious to you, will help you become fluent in the industry’s language.
And finally, I love this new publisher out of London: To Hell with Publishing. Its goal is to “to revive the role of the independent press in the UK’s literary scene,” and its innovative style and impressive mission include magazines (To Hell with Journals) and awards (To Hell with Prizes). And how can you not love the name?
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