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Wednesday’s WIP: Chapbook Update

Remember when I told you that I was about to submit a poetry chapbook manuscript to a contest for the very first time? And remember when I told you that the manuscript had reached quarterfinalist status? Well, this week brought news of the semifinalist round; my chapbook has advanced no further.

But I remain so glad to have entered this contest. It’s what prompted me to assemble an actual chapbook manuscript. After I shared the quarterfinals news, one of my poet friends offered to read the manuscript and made some helpful suggestions. And over the past couple of weeks, I’ve revised the manuscript further. I anticipate submitting it to more contests over the next months. Please stay tuned!

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  1. I’m sure that chapbook publication will happen one day!

    As you say, contests, and their associated deadlines, are a great way to move work along. Just having them on my calendar – even if I don’t eventually enter – gets me going. Thanks for sharing your results.

    • Thanks, Lisa! (I feel compelled to add that I obviously made a scheduling mistake here–this post was supposed to be published on WEDNESDAY. Oops!)

  2. Erika,

    Shhh! Most folks, like me, don’t check until Wednesday anyway.

    As far as your chapbook, there is always POD self-publishing. In your situation I see it this way. Like the TV talent contests (I refuse to use the term ‘reality.’), if you make it thru the first few rounds, you know your “act” is going to get some work, even if you do not win. How much confidence you can take from making the quarterfinal in your contest probably depends on how many entries there were. Anyway, it is worth some thought.

    I just moved my one self-published book from Lulu.com to CreateSpace. Now it is available in both print and Kindle editions. That is one of the reasons I now have a Facebook Author’s page.

  3. Well, it must be quality work to make it as far as it did. Good job. It’s just a matter of time.


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