This week, Lindesay Irvine of The Guardian describes how the first 300 copies of Margaret Atwood’s newest book are being printed on a new type of paper, made completely of recycled paper and straw (read article here). Given her enormous influence in the literary world, it is heartening that Atwood chose this type of paper … Continue reading From paper to Kindles to iPads to…hay?
The book cover for "Between Gods" is now on display on the publisher's website here, along with blurbs and sample poems. The cover was designed by graphic designer Terri Edillon, featuring artwork (“The World”) by German artist Catrin Welz-Stein. (The print is available for purchase here. ) My publisher usually designs book covers in-house, but I … Continue reading Creating the book cover for “Between Gods”
Now that my book publication date is six months away, I want to see more of the poems in print before the book comes out. So I am searching my Poet's Market book for the right places. Submitting poems to journals can be an agonizingly slow process. I have waited nine months for responses from … Continue reading Submitting poems to journals: the mathematics of yay or nay
Now that I've emailed my ready-to-publish draft of "Between Gods" to the publisher this week (yay!), I'm thinking about what it took to get it to this point. I'd been writing poetry for years, but hadn't really thought about trying to put together a book until 2007, when the sad events at Virginia Tech took … Continue reading Putting it all together: creating a manuscript
I've spent the last three years researching markets for my slightly traditional, imagistic poetry. I've been published in a number of places and discovered some great writers and journals, but what I can't help regretting is that much of that time could have been spent writing. I'm getting better at targeting my market; in the … Continue reading Submitting poems to journals: what’s your system?
I'm a DC-area writer - you might have seen my work in DMQ Review, Notre Dame Review, Mannequin Envy or other journals. After enduring the long process of sending out manuscripts - being a finalist three times in the Washington Writers' Publishing House book competition, and receiving other praise but in thin envelopes - I … Continue reading Getting started…