Online Literary Journal Becomes Paying Market

Here’s a bit of news I picked up over at Duotrope’s Digest: The King’s English, an international online literary journal publishing novellae, personal essays, book reviews, and poetry, will begin paying its authors as of its Fall 2006 issue. Pay rates will be $20/story or essay, $10/review, and $10/poem (maximum of $20/poet per issue). Check the journal’s Web site for more information.

Attention, Book Reviewers!

I’ve just been getting started with my new group of book reviewing students (they’re MFA candidates in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing), so I’ve once again updated (and made available for those of you who aren’t my students!) the Practicing Writer’s Directory of Paying Markets for Book Reviewers. As usual, I’ve updated changed links, removed listings that no longer seem viable, and even managed to add some publications that will pay for your book reviews (the total now exceeds 80 markets!). Read the preview (with sample listings) here.

And in related news, I’ve just received a first review assignment for a publication I’ve been looking to crack for awhile. Stay tuned–I’ll be able to tell you more once the review is written, submitted, and published! Meantime, you can find some of my most recent reviews (in print) in the spring 2006 issue of The Missouri Review and in the June 2006 issue of The Writer. A few more should be out shortly….

Publishers Weekly Seeks Reviewers

Publishers Weekly–yes, that Publishers Weekly–is looking for reviewers with expertise in the following fiction categories:

–Historical Romance
–Romantic Suspense
–African-American Commercial Fiction
–Street Lit
–Chick Lit
–Family Sagas

If you’re interested, they want to see a short e-mail query including your qualifications and relevant publication credits. You should also e-mail your resume (paste it within the message).

You can find contact information at the craigslist announcement.

Book Reviewing

If you’re looking for some pointers on book reviewing, click on over to Critical Mass, the excellent (and still relatively new) blog from the National Book Critics Circle. As contributor John Freeman noted last week, John Updike’s own six rules for reviewing, though now more than 30 years old, still offer an excellent guide to ethical reviewing practices.