Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Bound for #BEA15

Today, tomorrow,and Friday will find me focused on BookExpo America (BEA). I’ve attended this massive publishing event in the past, as a blogger/book reviewer interested in getting the early scoop on forthcoming titles and picking up as many galleys of said titles as I could carry. But this year, I’m attending as part of a publishing company. Which means that rather than roaming the conference floor, I’ll be spending a great deal of time beneath this banner at Booth 843A our booth which is most accurately/least confusingly described as “within the 800 aisle.”


And in my capacity as Media Editor for Fig Tree Books, I’ve written this blog post all about ways to connect with Fig Tree at the show–and about ways to have a “virtual BEA”–complete with galleys and author events–from afar. I hope that you enjoy it!

At Long Last: A Poetry Acceptance!

Success! At long last, I’ve had a new poem accepted for publication! Because I tend to worry about jinxing good news, I’ll save the details for sharing upon publication (sometime in June or July). But I will say that I wrote the first draft of this poem during this past winter, in response to a Poets & Writers prompt. I began revising it earlier this month, and then, when I saw a relevantly-themed call for poems, I sent it in. This is a rare instance in which I’ve had a poem accepted by the first editor I sent it to. Yes, I am surprised and joyful.

And Yet Another Multi-Talented Friend

Low Tide at Sunrise, by Susan Bauer. Reprinted with permission of the artist.
Low Tide at Sunrise, by Susan Bauer. Reprinted with permission of the artist.

If you follow this blog assiduously, you know that I’m super-impressed by writers who evince artistic talents beyond writing, and that I like to share evidence of said talents. Today, I want to point you to Susan Bauer’s virtual art gallery, which features Susan’s beautiful watercolors.

Susan is one of the writers I call my friend although we’ve never met face-to-face. We can thank the Internet for connecting us and introducing us to each other’s work. And I thank the Internet for making it possible for me to admire Susan’s visual art as well as her writing. Whenever I see her images, my day gets a little brighter.

4 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Congrats on the poetry acceptance!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you, Michele! Of course, today a triple rejection arrived. That’s how it goes!

  2. Clive Collins says:

    Yes, congratulations, Erika. Don’t let the rejections dampen that special feeling an acceptance brings. After all, rejections are no more than opportunities to publish elsewhere.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Exactly, Clive! Thank you!

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