Time to Publish
I mentioned this recently, but the National Poetry Month 30/30 project I participated in was the first time in a while that I’ve committed to something daily. I wrote every day, which is something my graduate school self would have never believed. Between this and the Publish Now! project coming to a close at the same time, I was left with so much motivation towards writing and publishing that I had to do something new.
As I was participating in these projects, I was also re-invigorated to start submitting my work again. I never stopped, really, but a couple of times a year I do a big push of around thirty submissions or so. This has always yielded success for me, but I had to approach my submissions in a different way this time. I was so busy with work and my other projects that I had to take careful notes on each market just in case I was interrupted rather than just leaving open a bunch of browser windows and sprinting through the process.
On a related note, I love to suggest markets for my friends to submit to. I’m privileged enough to know a few amazing writers and their work very well, so whenever I come across a journal or press that might be a good fit for a specific person, I let them know. This habit, combined with my new note-taking process, left me with an idea for a new project. I decided to document my submission notes online for everyone to see.
This idea became my new website: Time to Publish. Since the end of April, I’ve submitted my writing to a new market. In conjunction with this, I’ve posted a description of that market, as well as an aesthetic review, every day. I intend on doing this for one year, and I am terrified. I know I can do it, but along the way things are going to happen. They always do.
This isn’t a project just for me. I’m committed to doing this because I’m convinced that it’s going to help other writers. I love that I’m a part of an international community of writers working towards spreading their art around the world (or making tons of money, or both), and want to share my research so that busy writers can benefit. I’ve posted a full mission statement here. Have a look when you can, and check out Time to Publish. Your website views are incredibly motivating!
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