Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick things:
1. Working intensely on everything that’s due to my publisher this month—including the final version of the Birthright manuscript itself. (It’s not that I am such a social butterfly, but I find myself turning down various invitations because I need to conserve as much of my time as possible.)
2. I haven’t yet finalized the syllabus for the 21st-century Jewish literature class that I’ll be teaching this fall (I know! It’s the top priority after I meet my publisher’s deadlines!). But I know that it will include some work by Rutu Modan, and so I am immensely grateful to have just read Kevin Haworth’s superb new study, The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets (University of Mississippi Press).
3. An interesting situation came up this week. Background: A poem of mine (and yes, it’s one that’s included in Birthright) was accepted for an anthology project. The editors have been seeking to find a publisher for the project, and in a recent update email to contributors, they suggested that one of the potential deals would not provide contributors with the usual complimentary copy (we’d be able to purchase copies at a discount). They wanted to know how we’d feel about that. I told them that especially when there’s no payment involved in the first place, I don’t typically submit my work to something that, in print, doesn’t offer me at least a copy. I’m curious: What’s your take on this?