Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

  • This week brought the publication of Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer, Random House’s copy chief. I pre-ordered a copy, but if you want to sample what’s within, you’ll find an excerpt over on Literary Hub.
  • Yes, I’m still sending my poetry collection to “traditional” publishers and contests. But I haven’t ruled out self-publishing. So I’m bookmarking this set of “case studies in self-publishing that offers independent authors advice, warnings, encouragement, and inspiration” from Poets & Writers and Debra W. Englander.
  • On a related note: “It’s manuscript submission time, which for me, means figuring how much I can afford to spend this year on contest and reading fees. So this seems like a good opportunity to talk about poetry books and money, especially for people new to this game.” Insights from Grant Clauser.
  • Especially since I’ve been listening to U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith’s new podcast (you remember that from last week’s “finds,” right?), this “work diary” covering a week in Smith’s life caught my interest. (Yes, it includes time devoted to podcast prep!)
  • And of course, there’s a new set of Jewish-lit links on the My Machberet blog.
  • Have a wonderful, WARM(er) weekend.