I don’t usually do publishing hot takes, but I do wonder what everyone else’s opinion on this is. I've seen people agree that comp titles (comparative titles) are necessary, and I don’t think they see the other side. Comp titles are popular in queries, and in some places, they are required. I’ve been in Q&As … Continue reading Should comp titles be necessary?
For 2021, I wanted to get more of my writing published, building up that writing platform. So, I made a goal to submit something on Submittable two times every month. I actually ended up starting this in February cause the idea came to me a bit late. But I still submitted twenty-six pieces in total … Continue reading Results after 25+ submissions on Submittable in one year
I've found that the best way to achieve my goals is to check up with them. Reminding myself of what I want to accomplish sometimes lights the fire underneath me to continue. So, back in December, I set some 2020 goals. Since June is halfway through the year, I'm going to go through them one … Continue reading 2020 goal updates
A while back, I was on a live stream with Anna Akana when she did something that surprised me. Instead of saying "aw man" or so when I mentioned how many rejections I have gotten, she got excited. She said it was good for me. After the rejections made a mountain on my desk, they … Continue reading How many rejections is too many?
There are deadlines for my deadlinesShould I set another one?Print the page out and mark it upIs one word the difference betweenAcceptance and rejection? A house or a home?A school or a dictatorship?What's the difference betweenNinety-nine words and a hundred?Should I edit this another day? The deadline was thirty days awayNow it's six or sevenI … Continue reading A writer’s inner fight
At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. The rejected queries all had repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common ones: Misspellings One writer wrote aknolegments instead of acknowledgements. Spelling, especially in the writing career, is essential. … Continue reading Common query mistakes
Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found that being a valuable editor has helped me with my writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for a troubled story. They know the difference between when to use a comma and when to leave the words … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs
Another friend jumps up and down while I sit chained to a seat. Another one. It happens so much now that I have a blurred image of how it happens. One friend sends question marks my way, shocked she could even win. Another jumps off the bed and runs toward me with an acceptance email … Continue reading Late bloomers unite
After piles of rejection letters and critical advice, it's nice to get accepted every once in a while. Every writer should feel appreciated for the wonderful creative stories they have made. Last week, my flash fiction piece—"The Forgotten"—got accepted by Friday Flash Fiction. This makes me one step closer to being a published author. You … Continue reading Proud writer moment