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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

You know, I’ve actually had a very productive week. I’m especially pleased with all that I accomplished over the three-day weekend. That includes writing and submitting another book review.

I work hard on every book review that I’m assigned, but this one required consulting an unusually high number of library books for a 600-word project based on a galley. Never have I been happier that my (non-teaching) job at CUNY provides access to the university’s libraries. I stopped by the (renovated!) Hunter College library twice last week to pick up books that the NYPL either doesn’t have or won’t circulate. Bonus: I got to enjoy this view downtown from the bridge between Hunter’s “East” and “West” buildings on Lexington Avenue.
HunterI submitted the piece on Monday. Now, I’m waiting for my editor to confirm that he received it (and, I hope, to tell me that it’s in decent shape).

How about you? What’s the latest with your work-in-progress?

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  1. I have been managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets for ten annual issues. Small chunck of our existence (U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative going back to 1973. Our latest print issue was sent off to the printers last week. We always have to make a guesstimate of how many copies to print. We do not use POD because we like the quality Offset printing better. We thought we had a formula for calculating, but this year we were off big-time. We depend heavily on the pre-lauch sales for overall sales and just this weekend, we received such a large number of orders that I had to order another 100 copies. However, one measures success, that feels like success to us. Luckily, with the holiday, the books were still queued up for printing so it was no problem. Some years if feels like we donate more books than sell them, which reminds me, we will ship books to needy schools or community programs with creative writing program if someone from those venues contacts us through our website, http://www.us1poets.com

  2. I’m prepping my author’s table for the Windy City Pulp & Paperback Convention. I recently moved one novel from Lulu.com to Amazon & CreateSpace. This weekend I put out a press release.

    Lo & behold I get an email from the fellow who, with his wife, twelve years ago serialized that novel in a chapbook magazine. He just bought a copy of the new edition. Now that made my day.

    Plus in the exchange of emails I sold him two more items. ;^}

  3. So appreciate these comments!

  4. Hi Erika,
    I’ve been reading your posts for a while (I’m a Canadian writer in Australia) and just wanted to thank you for the work you do in putting this together.

    I’m working on another short personal essay for my collection on belonging and what it means to belong: http://www.thebelongingblog.com.

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