Whew! I just completed my round of August submissions. I now have work out at 26 journals, which is huge, considering I only had 2 submissions still out there from Spring 2010. Clearly, I believe in simultaneous submissions, although I like to think I've gotten smarter about the whole submission process. I used to be a "carpet-bomber submitter," tossing packets at journals that would never accept my work. In my defense, I read as many journals as I could, but it took me years to learn the different aesthetics at even a small fraction of the journals that are out there. Add in the fact that many journals are edited by grad students and aesthetics at these journals can change every couple of years. Even now, when I feel like I have the tiniest of toeholds of a reputation in the poetry world, I still feel like much of my submitting is hit or miss. I have narrowed my journal pool considerably and limited the number of journals a given poem can go out to. Live and learn.
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Many poets build their reputations as I've done, by placing individual poems in lit mags on the way to publishing full-length collection. Given that I'm doing the same thing with book #2, I thought it appropriate that I put my money where my mouth is. Therefore, I'm having a special promotion on copies of Blood Almanac. If you purchase a subscription to a lit mag between now and October 1, you will qualify for a 50% discount on my book.