Monday, November 10, 2008

A Pause for the Cause (2.0)


Ever wonder what literary magazine editors are thinking while they are reading your submission? This podcast may interest you . . .

About Literary Magazines (and Submitting Work to Them)
An interview with Vince Gotera, editor of the North American Review,
by Paula Berinstein of The Writing Show: Information and Inspiration for Writers
10 August 2008 · 50 minutes · MP3 (24 MB) · Click here to get to the podcast.

We talked about literary magazines in general, and the North American Review in particular; what editors look for and what turns them off (or, at least, what turns one editor off); common mistakes people make when they submit to a literary magazine; and so on. Give it a listen!

If you're a writer, Paula Berinstein's Writing Show is a truly indispensable international resource. Some recent highlights . . . the current podcast is "What Do Publishers Want from Query Letters and Proposals?" — an interview with Jennifer Silva Redmond, Editor-in-Chief of Sunbelt Publications (there are two podcasts each week). Current article on the website: Jeff Rivera on "Being Picked Up by a Major Publisher." For Halloween (two weeks ago): readings and interviews with five Australian horror writers: Rick Kennett, David Conyers, Chuck McKenzie, Alison Pearce, and Marty Young (president of the Australian Horror Writers Association). Every month, tips for screenwriters from screenwriting guru Blake Snyder. There are frequent writing contests. And mentoring services for fiction and nonfiction writers. And more . . . much more. Check out The Writing Show, friends!

And, Paula, many thanks for all the wonderful work you do for writers around the world.

4 comments:

Andrew Oldham said...

Excellent interview, Vince, I wish more poets and writers would take note of your words before submitting!

Barbara Jane Reyes said...

Hi again Vince, my husband and I listened to your podcast last night. Excellent! I appreciate very much what you said re: balance of thoughtfully handled content, and thoughtfully handled form, as well as apparent awareness of history of poetic movements. This is actually quite affirming for me. Salamats, Pare.

Vince Gotera said...

Andrew ... thanks so much for your comment. And yes, the intent was to get the word out to poets and writers who are submitting and help them to be more successful and also to help us editors have a more productive time when evaluating submissions.

Vince Gotera said...

Baa-baa-baa-Barbara Jane! Salamat also to you. I appreciate the specificity of what you said ... it helps me always do better, whether writing or reading or blogging or podcasting.

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