From First Poem to First Book: Finding Homes for Your Poems — Simultaneous Submissions

STEP II:  SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS — BREAKING MY OWN RULE CHECK TO SEE IF SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS ARE ALLOWED A Journal’s “Guidelines/Submit” page tells you whether the editors will accept simultaneous submissions.  In other words, will they consider poems you are also submitting to other journals?  The submission guidelines might state simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us immediately …

We’re back!

  And What A Journey It Has Been!   Dear Readers, We apologize for taking a year-long break from blogging.  We’ve thought of you often.  What has kept us so busy?  Well, first, Wisteria from Seed appeared on the publisher’s website, then on Amazon.  Finally, with a loud thud, a box of books was dropped at the front door.  But …

From First Poem to First Book: Lists of Journals — Five More Links

Links:     Links:     Links:     Lynx:   Link:   Before we discuss what to do when you visit a journal’s website, we’d like to thank Clifford Garstang, author of the Pushcart Prize Ranking list, for reminding us about NewPages!  [I’m happy to say his list is back up after having been down for a few days …

From First Poem to First Book: Keeping Track — Don’t Drop the Ball!

from Notes Toward a History of Juggling, Bandwagon, Vol. 18 No. 2, March-April 1974     I need to know which poems I sent to which journals, which were rejected and which were accepted. It’s not polite to let an editor spend time reading poems that you’ve already committed to another journal. Record keeping is essential. I’m going to keep …

From First Poem to First Book — Warning, Scam Alert — D’OH!

  Why submit poems to literary journals at all?  Because journals are distributed widely, allowing many people in many places to read your work. And if you hope to eventually have a collection accepted by a publisher, an established history of publication in journals will be an important factor in the publisher’s decision. But not in just any journals!  “Will …

A Tale of Two Bloggers

I will be joined in writing this blog by my wife, Marsha, who brings to the table her lifelong passion for social justice through universal literacy and has co-authored books and articles on the teaching of reading. She and her co-author and lifelong friend, Professor Mary Hoover of Howard University and previously of the University of Pennsylvania, traveled the country …

I don’t work alone

PARTNERSHIP Now that I’ve invited you into my studio where my most delicate work is on display where even a brush with the tip of your scarf might bring something, shattered, to the floor at your feet I must remind myself I asked for help with this. I know that I would never finish it without you. So here you …

From First Poem to First Book

In future posts I will write about how I arrived here, and offer tips and links that poets just beginning their careers may find useful.   But first I would like to thank my publisher, Karen Kelsay of Kelsay Books, whose patience and good judgement are amazing.   Also, a shout-out to my webmaster, Suzanne Burton of the Burton Consulting …