Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Tally_marks-Five-bar_Gate.svgTally Time!

My fellow Poetry Has Value bloggers and I sent in our May “stats” (re: submissions, acceptances, rejections, and so forth) and Jessica Piazza has posted them. I recommend that you read them all if you have the time–this month’s posts include some frank talk on submission fees, simultaneous submissions, and a number of other topics that we’ve all thought about. But if you’re in a hurry to read the discrete update from yours truly, you’ll find it right here. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


Let’s be honest. Much of the time, when we send work to magazines and websites, we may feel as though we’re gambling.

At the very least, we’re taking a risk. What are the chances that an editor will actually say “yes” to whatever we may have sent in? How may we feel when that all-too-likely rejection shows up? (For that matter, even acceptances can feel risky: How will others respond to our work once it’s published?)

Events of the past week within my own writing practice have made me feel as though I hit the jackpot. Suffice to say: I have never had a week like this one before. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Poetry Update(s)

Some good news arrived this week about one of my poems, previously published, which will be out again soon (possibly in time for the next of these updates, but more likely I’ll be mentioning it here two weeks from now). It’s part of the April stats report that I’ve sent in to Jessica Piazza for her Poetry Has Value project; I’ll be sharing that info with you when it has been posted, too. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

This week, just a few quick things:

  • It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value project. How much of a fan am I? Well, I’m going to be blogging for the project for the rest of the year. Take a look at my introductory post–and please follow along!
  • Remember that Quiet Americans anniversary giveaway that I mentioned last week? The giveaway went live on Sunday. Here’s the link, if you want to enter.
  • And a dispatch from the day job: I enjoyed writing this post for the Fig Tree Books blog, about “rabbinic fiction.”
  • Hope that everyone’s week is going well!