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Laura, I second guess my ability to publish stories every day! As James Burke recently said, “During those 13 years, I had to relearn that old lesson: don’t write for success, like Irving Stone said, just write for the pleasure of it each day. You put it in the mail and then you forget about it. You let God be the measure of it.” Karen, the short answer here is yes. Obviously, publishers would probably say that they are the ones who determine genres, but librarians already have a predetermined system. Outside of that system, books cannot be categorized--cannot be entered into the catalog (i.e. World Cat). So, yes. If you want more info, feel free to email me, and I will give you the scientific answer which I learned from my cataloging class. Theresa, you should be friends with my mom (who will probably post on here shortly). She is a special education teacher. :)
Laura asked an excellent question. I responded on her blog, also, but here are my answers: 1. Chill out at various bookstores (usually independent bookstores have more literary journals available). Read the journals they have, and also find the anthologies. As you are reading through the anthologies (i.e. Best American, Dzanc's Best of the Web), take note of which stories you like. Then, figure out which journal in which it was published, and look at other journals in which that particular author has been published. You know the drill. 2. Review. If you start reviewing copies of journals and you email the journals to let them know that you would like to review their journal on your blog, SOMETIMES they will send you free copies. Along with that, check out You can review for them, and they will send you free books and lit journals (note that you don't get paid for this). 3. Check out Scroll down a ways on the right hand side and you can see SEVERAL literary journals both online and on the web that are available. Again, these are not all free, but it might give you a stronger idea of what journals are available. It is more comprehensive than Writer's Market.
Thanks for your comment on Chip's blog, Courtney. Cute kids! And, I don't think I could EVER pull this outfit off. That said, I have no fashion sense, so what do I know?
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2010 on Cute clothes. at Telling Stories
Funny story: So I am reading this post, and I think, "Wow! That sounds really familiar... Oh! I wrote that!" Time for more coffee.
Good question, Laura. I started my MA/MLIS a few months after my cousin passed away. My cousin and I were quite close, so I was running on adrenaline for about the first year and a half of grad school due to the effects of his death/my not wanting to deal with a lot of things. Essentially, the rest of the world moved too slow, and I never slept and always worked on something in order to not think about the loss. Then, the last semester hit, and I started shutting down. I faked it well (I think--although, I am pretty sure some of my professors realized this and just didn't say anything), and I made a decision to finish everything within a semester--remember, I wasn't only working on one degree. So, I was taking 4 graduate classes (16 credits), plus I was working about 40 hours a week at various jobs. All of this while I was preparing my thesis and getting ready for comps(how they test you for the MLIS part of the degree--lock you in a room for four hours and make you crank out three essays, plus you have to write a take home exam). Thinking back, I am not surprised that my thesis wasn't publishable. I am surprised I didn't throw myself off a cliff during all of this. Of course, Milwaukee doesn't have cliffs, so that's probably why.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on A Guest Stops By at Chip MacGregor .com
You're welcome. :) And, I learned something new! I am going to call my sister (she barrel races) and tell her that not everyone uses the term "farrier". This astounds me!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2010 on Saturday Sample at Into the Fire
I love the characters that you have presented here. You seem to really know how each will respond. Fantastic! Just a quick comment, and this could be a regional dialect thing (not sure): Where I grew up in Michigan a "horseshoer" was called a "farrier". I've never heard anyone use the term "horseshoer" before. That said, again, it could be a regional thing--like pop and soda? Keep up the amazing writing. --Sarah Joy Freese--
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2010 on Saturday Sample at Into the Fire
Meg: Thanks for reading! I love being able to share my thoughts with others, and I am especially thankful when they are heard. ;) Nicole: Yes--it's all about the author, and has nothing to do with me (in this case, the editor). I don't want people to hear my voice when I am editing. Genny: Recognize that CC's are only a small part of the big picture. ;) Don't only focus on that, but do focus on making your writing the best that it can be. Reading aloud is probably the suggestion that I would encourage you to follow the most! ;) Thanks for reading! You all are awesome!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2010 on A Guest Stops By at Chip MacGregor .com
Thanks for the comments, ladies! Patricia: I don't teach high school English, but I do teach college English composition and research writing. Betsy Lerner's _The Forest for the Trees_ is another excellent book on editing. Cheryl: You're welcome! Reading other's writing aloud is like discovering their writing rhythm. Also, if you ever get the chance, attend an author's reading. This helps you to hear language in a whole new way. It's fascinating.
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