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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure ChestWriting-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • Sometimes, the truth hurts. And there’s pain in this Grub Daily post, “If You Write What You Love, Will the Money Follow?”.
  • On Lisa Romeo’s blog: a guest post with tips on giving good readings.
  • Litro magazine has launched a new flash-fiction column featuring the expertise of Tania Hershman.
  • Short Story Month is nearly upon us. Do you have plans to celebrate? I’ve been remiss: I’d hoped to organize a virtual “panel” on Goodreads featuring some short-story authors of my acquaintance, but I’ve fallen woefully behind. I think that I’ll at least be able to manage a giveaway. Stay tuned! (And let me know what you may be planning.)
  • Lovely (and inspiring) dispatch from a “Poetry Utopia at the Barred Owl Retreat,” courtesy of Diane Lockward.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday.

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    1. The only way I thus far plan to celebrate Short Story Month is to keep writing them. But plans can always change. 🙂

      From the first couple paragraphs of the Grub Street Daily piece, I thought I’d find a lot I’d agree with. Writing what we love is rarely a consistently well-paid job that will sustain your household. (The only way I can afford to do it–and I use the word “afford” loosely–is because I’m married to someone who works FT.) But then I read the rest and thought, “Whoa, no wonder he’s not succeeding!”

      I’m not opposed to entering contests with a small entry free in theory. But entering more than a couple and really spending a chunk of change on those types of subs–when there are so many places to submit for free–doesn’t seem like a path to success to me.

      And spending a lot of time subbing to unpaid markets–not just one or two–seems like misspent time to me, too.

      And why produce a costly production without a grant or investor secured first?

      It’s not the “I’m not making money part” that surprised me, but the fact that his writing practice is sending him into the red.

      • Well, I think that he’s realized that the fee-charging contests aren’t a great idea. And most fiction writers I know do send work to non-paying (or low-paying) markets. There just aren’t that many high-paying, high-quality venues that publish lots of fiction. As for the productions–that’s outside my field, so I really can’t comment. Your overall point, though–that it’s one thing not to be making money and other to be bleeding it–is definitely worth noting.

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