Oh my goodness, reviewing submissions for phati'tude.
I was promoted yesterday to Managing Editor, which is absolutely amazing and will allow me to have that much more experience in the field of publishing. I'm excited! We're currently working on the Winter issue, and I'm reading through all sorts of submissions of short stories, essays, and poetry.
I decided that it's time for me to take a quick break and write a blog entry. The winners' copies of my book have been sent out - international mail is pricey, but it's so worth it when I think about how many people will have a copy of my book.
Speaking of which... I think I need to order some more copies so I can give my friends a copy and maybe put it on consignment in that art store.... The art store bought 4 copies from me last time of Napkin Poetry, I signed them, and that was that. I could easily do that with Strangers, too.
I want to start planning a blog tour.
It's a little intimidating to me right now because it seems like such a huge and daunting task, but if I keep a spreadsheet schedule of my tour then I should be okay. I think that 2 per week would be a good number, maybe 3. It should be announced at least a week or two in advance on the blog I'll be visiting, so I need to make sure that I schedule it properly.
I also think it'll be extremely helpful especially once I publish an actual novel later this year. People may be a little iffy about reading poetry - even though my poetry and prose is pretty easy to read - but I know that there are a ton of people who love reading fiction. My short stories have gotten a lot of praise, so I figure if I really want to make something of myself as a writer, I need to get some novels out there.
But in order to see any kind of success, I need to promote. A blog tour is definitely a good way to promote and get more of an audience for my work.... I have such awesome ideas and so many stories to tell... maybe next year I'll release a collection of short stories.
This year, though, I'm tackling one of the most difficult things for me... the manuscript I wrote based on an abusive marriage.
Reliving it won't be fun.... but once I perfect it, once I get everything to a point of being well-written and communicate my point, communicate my story, it will be awesome. Definitely not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for people who are sensitive to violence and sexual abuse.
But this is definitely a story that needs to be told. I intend to tell it.
Now that I've got a little writing off of my chest, I think I'm going to go back to reading these submissions... hopefully I'll be able to get creative some more later on in the day, though. I want to do some visual journaling (pictured above).
Sparkly pens, crayons, and sharpies, here I come =).
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