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For today, remember that there are five days left to enter for a chance to win FREE POETRY: a copy of Blood Almanac OR Jesse Lee Kercheval's Cinema Muto. That's right: two winners! Click on the link and leave a comment on my previous post and you are entered. Easy-peasy. On Sunday, May 1, I'll use a random number generator to choose the lucky winners.
Many thanks to Jessica Goodfellow, who blogs at Axis of Abraxas, for the link to this wonderful essay "What Editors Want" by Lynne Barrett, published in The Review Review. While the beginning of the essay focuses on short stories, the subsequent sections are filled with great advice for all writers. My favorite part is this:
"So your job is to help the editor by sending work that is developed, complete, thoroughly revised, and—of great importance—appropriate for the magazine.
To do that last part of your job well, you have to read the magazines.
Yes, you do."
I tell my students this over and over, but it's always good to be able to show them that someone in the industry is saying it too.
It also reminds me that one of my top priorities, post final grading, will be to send out new and appropriate work to my well-research list of journals. Ah, something to look forward to!