Publishing Mergers and Acquisitions

The world of publishing is a constantly shifting ground with mergers and acquisitions a faily common occurrence. I’m not going to try to address the broader picture here, but instead I’ll just give a brief history of my experience with this through my creative writing textbook A Writer’s Craft. When I first submitted the bookContinue reading “Publishing Mergers and Acquisitions”

In Praise of Kind Rejections

I had one of the kindest rejections of my poetry book manuscript this week from NewSouth Books, who unfortunately is no longer publishing poetry, though they put out one of my favorite collections a few years ago, Jacqueline Trimble’s American Happiness. They could have not even read my query and just written to tell meContinue reading “In Praise of Kind Rejections”

Advice from the Editor’s Desk

This is the time of year I love — no, I’m not talking about preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas or even about finals week. I’m talking about the time each year when I get to sit down, as I did this weekend, and put together the pages for Poetry South. As always, there has beenContinue reading “Advice from the Editor’s Desk”

New Bookshop Coming to the Net

I was excited to learn that this month, the new Bookshop.org will launch. Right now, you can get information, but this promises to soon be a site for independent bookstores to compete with Amazon that will offer authors, book reviewers, and bookstores affiliate status, paying 10% on books sold through affiliate links. A portion ofContinue reading “New Bookshop Coming to the Net”

The Art of Implication: replying to emails

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over many years of replying to email as an educator and a literary magazine editor, it’s to take a deep breath before writing a reply and to imply the things I’d like to say. So you can imagine the reply I might have sent to the submitter tone ourContinue reading “The Art of Implication: replying to emails”

Why I Bailed on a Book Deal

There’s probably not a happier moment for a writer than the moment an email or letter comes in saying you’ve been accepted. (Excluding major life events such as your wedding or the birth of a child, of course.) Nonetheless, that excitement can quickly change to concern or even disappointment when the acceptance is for aContinue reading “Why I Bailed on a Book Deal”

2018 Milestones

The year is winding down, so I thought it would be fun to post a few highlights of 2018. Some I’ve written about, and some I’ve let pass without posting on the blog until now. Personal Milestones Kim and I have reached that big milestone of graduating our son, Aidan from high school at theContinue reading “2018 Milestones”

Why I Love Editing a Lit Mag

There are a lot of good reasons to love editing a literary magazine: for one, you feel like you’re doing something for writers and readers by providing an outlet for talent and curating content for the public. That is certainly true about Poetry South, the magazine I am fortunate enough to edit with a smallContinue reading “Why I Love Editing a Lit Mag”

A Writer’s Craft makes Poets & Writers

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I search on my name or the title of one of my books. It’s not just vanity. Some days it can be useful to see what’s online about me or my work, and today was one of those days. Since I’d given away some exam copies of A Writer’s Craft at theContinue reading “A Writer’s Craft makes Poets & Writers”