A small rant

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A small rant

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:32 pm

I've always been frustrated at the fact that literary magazines want exclusive rights to your work and will not publish previously published work. I have never understood this concept. If it's new to your magazine then it's new to your readers because different magazines have a wide variety of readers, right? Anyhow, I get this great e-mail today and I'm excited until I read the final sentences. I guess I need to become more exclusive now and only submit to paying and literary magazines instead of the wide variety of magazines I usually like to submit to. (Some paying and literary magazine do publish me regardless but not all) This sucks because in some of my usual haunts, I have made a cool connection with the readers there and they always welcome my stuff with open arms.

So, the question is, do I go the literary route, play by their rules, and become selective, for the prestige of being in a literary magazine, or do I keep on the usual path knowing that I am good enough for a literary magazine to want to publish my work and having that be, enough?

When you write for a literary magazine and your work only appears there, it's a solitary thing, there is no interaction with other writers, which really blows, no critiques, no contests, no exchange of creative energy etc.

I don't know. Thoughts?


Dear Theresa,

Thank you for submitting to Lowestoft Chronicle. We were very impressed with the poem Guilty. We get a lot of submissions, especially poetry submissions, and this one managed to have us itching our palms with excitement. Unfortunately, we will have to pass on it. We want Lowestoft Chronicle to feature only original work, which precludes work that痴 already been published, or has been posted on various online blogs.

By any chance do you have other work that hasn稚 already been published/posted online? If so, please submit again.

Sincerely,
Lowestoft Chronicle editorial staff

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Re: A small rant

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:40 pm

oh and...this is the poem

Guilty written by me

I see poetry the way I see life, exceptional,
without rules that oppose curiosity in its
most basic form; and if you whispered to
me softly, passionately, about the ominous
and vindictive repercussions of advertising
such a thing, I would laugh without reservation,
remarking that I find myself guilty of all
allegations, secretly reveling in the subtle
provocativeness, forced and recognized in me
without merit by the assuming.

It is most interesting when those who profess
to know and love me, get it all wrong. I must
confess that while it momentarily hurts, I am
most thankful for the idiot natures of their
hostility, the horrible scandals only serve to fuel
my creativity that much more. And what of those
that see the gentle quality in my voice even when
I知 being snarky? In any case, nothing, they too
have their own judgments when daybreak comes,
and my reputations, all of them,

are already firmly in place. I知 in my early thirties,
no, late thirties, quite possibly forties and maybe
even fifties; I知 a lesbian, I知 straight, I知 bright-
eyed with a snouty face; I wear cut off jeans, no, a
pant suit, zoot! Care to double the odds while you
play along? I知 an easy listener, a hard lay. Should
I bill you later or right away? Come on now are you
keeping pace? I think this horse値l be favored by the
end of the race. I知 a writer, no, a poet, and those
who can actually see me, know it.

Do I really matter that goddamn much? Will you ever
be sensitive to my touch? You think me mad, I think
you mad, the way you can disengage from your own
emotions, putting everything on evil me, yeah, I知
channeling your own inferiority. 的致e heard all about
you, presumably you speak, accentuated by the
swarthiness of your speech. 撤leased to make your
acquaintance, I値l pencil you in; wonder what will be
my next popular sin. It痴 not the concealing animosity,
for my life痴 objectivity,

it痴 the way your mortality raptures, alone, restrained
within the scrutiny and ultimate betrayal of my free spirit
that I pity. You値l never know life without hesitation,
or feel the emerald green ribbons of grass that shape
little feet against frozen dirt expelling the crimson
nightfall痴 with angels that offer their guidance by the
patience of example. And while your emphasis will
forever be devoted to destinations mine will be realized
by the inconvenience of beautiful diversity

in the unconventional, where waterfalls, moon and mandolin
dance the hours away aligned with those who utter the simple
words, 的 understand, I understand, I understand賠
The effects of white heat will be just as formal, and they will
go unnoticed by many, as they usually do, barely adequate,
too feminine in nagging voice, too masculine in accuracy
and influence, unrhymed, without the fluidness of admirable
skill, yet, I prefer it this way; when my prose arrives in the hands
of those who understand, and who will unmistakingly

make it their own.


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Re: A small rant

Post by Rhordain on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:46 pm

I understand it, because markets almost always want material that is fresh. Even if they don't share a reader base with the original journal, it's akin to recycling stories, and they're loath to do that. Being said, I also wish I could toss the same story around different places.

As far as "should I be literary?" goes, I don't think it's necessarily one or the other. You just have to keep up a certain volume of work and pitch to both camps. That's what I'd do, were I you.

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Re: A small rant

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:23 pm

True. I've written some new stuff lately, flash, short stories, and tons of poetry that I have not uploaded anywhere as of yet. Time to retreat, go quiet, and keep my work stashed away until the next publication.

Some places take forever to get back to you, and although they have a good reputation, I'm not sure they are worth the wait.

Oh well...

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Re: A small rant

Post by shadowflame1974 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:41 am

Theresa,

If I may offer a suggestion.
When you write something new, submit to the paying markets first, and as the piece is rejected go down the line. This way, you work your way down and not up.

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Re: A small rant

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Re: A small rant

Post by Mercedes on Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:18 pm

I'm now sobbing into my hands thanks to K's infamious "sub to higher tier markets!" speech. Good advice. But how I miss the ego stroke that a sale brings!

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Re: A small rant

Post by kurtnewton on Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:01 pm



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Re: A small rant

Post by Mercedes on Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:19 pm

(Go on, sub to that lesser market...you know you want to. )

Begone, demon!

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Re: A small rant

Post by Paula Ray on Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:05 am

Theresa, I think you are prolific and have enough material to do all the above...sub to markets that take reprints and may be considered "lesser" markets, but reserve some of your favorites that you feel are more literary and sub them to those markets exclusively.

You churn out so much new material on a regular basis, I don't think you need to worry about being one or the other. You also use many different pen names and could even chose one for reprint freebie places and another for the paying markets and on your bio to paying markets only list other paying markets...so, they view you as a real pro, but that is just playing the game...it's all a game sometimes.

I tell you this, but I haven't really submitted to those literary pro markets...so I'm just speculating.

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Re: A small rant

Post by Argentus on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:36 am

Maybe I'm talking through a thick filter of ignorance, but I see no reason why both markets cannot be attempted. As far as publishing in "lower-end" markets is concerned, hey, not all of us is an Updike or a Thurber, so we have to start somewhere. It's not just an "ego boost"; it is, for most of us, our first baby steps. Even Stephen King got his start selling stories to bottom-of-the-barrel skin magazines.

I'm not saying we should give up submitting to "upper-end" markets. If you feel your work is good enough (and Theresa, that poem is, in my opinion, definitely good enough) you should absolutely continue trying for that prize. But for now, build your portfolio wherever it is accepted. That's what I'm going to try to do.

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