Deadlines Extended

Back in June’s issue of our Practicing Writer newsletter, we noted calls for submissions for two Cup of Comfort anthologies. Since then submission deadlines for both projects have been extended. So if you’d like to submit essays to A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers or A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism, you’ve now got some more time to do so. The new deadlines are October 1 and November 15, respectively. For submission guidelines and terms (including pay rates), visit the website.

Got Books?

If you’re a practicing writer, chances are you’re also a practicing reader (you should be, anyway!). And you may very well have lots of books around your home and/or office. Maybe you’re ready to part with some of them. Especially if it’s for a good cause.

This week I heard about a public library in Ohio that needs books. Read about it here.

For my part, I hauled some paperbacks to the used book counter at a local bookstore this afternoon, earning enough money (I hope) from the sale to pay the postage on the hardcovers I’m sending to Ohio on Monday….

It’s a (Publishing) Pajama Party

Some of you may already know about my resource e-books for writers, which I’ve published over at (for the curious, I’ve also published an article about “My Life as a Lulu” that you can read right here).

Today I received Lulu’s latest “Creator Update” newsletter, which contains an announcement about a terrific event coming September 5th-11th: Publish in Your Pajamas Week. The Pajama Program is a non-profit organization that offers warm pajamas–and books–to underprivileged kids. Lulu is going to help this program out, and here’s where you and I can, too.

As Lulu explains: “For each person who signs up for Pajama Week and publishes on Lulu while wearing pajamas, we will donate a Lulu children’s book to the Pajama Program. Help the less fortunate, and in your softest plaid flannel. It is, indeed, its own reward.”

So if you’ve been thinking about publishing content–at Lulu–but waiting for a good time to do so, you’ve found it. Check out the program details right here.

Who Cares If It’s Spelled Right? I Do!

On more than one occasion my students (and, frankly, my own colleagues and classmates) have seemed to find me too “rigid” on issues of grammar, punctuation, and spelling. But I can’t help it. I think these issues matter. I think they’re especially important for writers.

We all make mistakes. We all suffer from typos and faulty proofreading now and then. That’s not the problem. The problem is a blanket informality and indifference to the “rules” and the criticism leveled against those who try to preserve high standards rather than those for whom “standards” seems to be a dirty word. So I found myself nodding in agreement today as I read Johnny Gunn’s online article, “Who Cares If It’s Spelled Right?”

Give it a read and see what you think.

E-Interview with Panel of Literary Journal Editors

I’m a big fan of Dan Wickett and his work with the Emerging Writers’ Network. This week Dan posted the latest in a series of e-interviews with panels of literary journal editors. This time the group includes Marie Hayes (STORYQUARTERLY), Jackie Corley (WORD RIOT), Michelle Richmond (FICTION ATTIC), David McGlynn (WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW), Elizabeth Onuska (GUERNICA), Derek Kagemann (HALCYON), and Mitch Wieland (IDAHO REVIEW). Read what they all have to say right here.

The Second Post

Well, I’m sorry I can’t come up with a more creative title for this second post than “The Second Post,” but there we are. The truth is that I’m in something of a transitional state at the moment. I’m easing into this blog without completely breaking from my previous one (which you’ll find here). And I’m just back from a brief trip away for a family celebration. So please bear with me!

Later this week we’ll be distributing the new (September) issue of our “Practicing Writer” free monthly newsletter to our subscribers. If you don’t already subscribe to this resource for fictionists, poets, and creative nonfiction writers please know that we do not sell, rent, or otherwise share your e-mail address with any third party. AND–subscribers receive access to a complimentary literary contest guide just for signing up! Interested? Find out more at the Practicing Writer website.