Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pause for the Cause (6.0) ... Bertram's Blog, Grinnell College, and eBay


I have the honor today of being a guest blogger at Bertram's Blog, novelist Pat Bertram's helpful compendium of advice and how-to's for writers. Thanks for the opportunity, Pat.

My article today on Bertram's Blog is titled "Submitting to Literary Magazines 101: Professionalism." It is the first of a set of articles I will be writing for Pat Bertram based on my experience as a poetry editor at the North American Review as well as at other magazines. The purpose of these articles is to help make it easier for you to get your poems (and other writing) published. The basic question of these articles: how might you be hurting your chances of getting published by not knowing the "unwritten rules" of submitting your work?

Sometime in the next couple of days, I will host an article by Pat Bertram on promoting one's books. I'm looking forward to that. It's the first time I will have a guest blogger on The Man with the Blue Guitar.

Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/30), I will be visiting Grinnell College to give a poetry reading as part of the "Writers@Grinnell" reading series. For more on that event, check out the college's website, which has my blue smurfy mug gracing it today.

This reading is truly a treat for me because my oldest daughter Amanda is a student at Grinnell College. She is in her senior year and will be graduating from Grinnell in the next few weeks. I am truly glad to have the distinction of giving a reading at Grinnell College while she is still a student there.

Also, do you remember that hilarious eBay auction selling Michael Martone's leftover water that I featured on April 4? The entire text of that auction listing is now available in that post. All eBay auctions expire after 90 days . . . meaning they disappear from the eBay site. But, with the permission of Martone-water seller madcabre, The Man with the Blue Guitar has the honor of hosting that auction text forevermore, so that it will be available to Michael Martone's fans from now till Judgement Day.

Why don't you take a look at that auction text now? The clever and fun questions and answers alone are more than worth the price of admission!

Okay, friends, that's all for today's "Pause for the Cause." I hope you are having a great "hump day." Don't forget to watch the 100th episode of the TV show Lost later tonight. The most intelligent TV show ever!

14 comments:

Sheila Deeth said...

I wandered over here from Pat Bertram's blog. I'm trying to avoid Lost because I've been watching on DVD so I'm still a whole series behind. But yes, it's a great series. Can't wait to catch up.

Vince Gotera said...

Hi, Sheila. It was quite an episode. Devoted to Daniel Faraday this time. The good thing about being behind is that you don't have to wait a week for each episode. You could watch them back to back if you wanted to. Thanks for wandering over here. Keep reading my blog, okay? Best of luck. —Vince

Barb said...

Vince, thank you so much for writing that article! I'll pass it on to friends. I hope you write one that addresses what to put in your bio (if including one is part of the submission guidelines) and another about how to figure out which are the best journals for your work. Please don't think I'm telling you what to write!

Vince Gotera said...

Hi, Barb! Great suggestions. Thank you. I'll do what you ask. And let me know if there are other topics you would like to hear about from the point of view of an editor.

Barb said...

Heehee. Well...since you asked...how about the deal with multiple submissions. I mean, basically I know that it depends on what you're submitting to, but I'm sure you have more than just a basic perspective of that. Like, does it really piss of editors, you know, stuff like that. And thanks for taking my comments to heart!

BTW, I'm still lost when it comes to "Lost."

Vince Gotera said...

Hi again, Barb. Yes, I've been thinking about an article on multiple submissions. Thanks for the suggestion!

About Lost: it's worth getting into. I would watch all the old episodes in order (just 100, ha ha). Make sure to watch them in order because each one builds on the whole mythos. The episodes are all available at a number of online venues ... just google. Of course you can also rent them at a video store.

The cool thing about watching them this way is that you don't have to wait a week for the next one. You and Brian could do a Lost marathon. Have a bunch of Lost parties! Lots of people would be interested in re-watching, I bet.

There's also an online encyclopedia http://www.lostpedia.org, but you'll need to be careful about spoilers. It would be a shame to find out someone's going to die before you actually see it on screen.

Anyway, I highly recommend Lost.

David Steffen said...

I second the recommendation for Lost. And it's actually more fun, I think, to catch up via DVD than to watch it on TV--though be careful, you'll be obsessed and want to watch 4 episodes a night! You pick up on a lot of nuances and backstory crossover characters that you wouldn't have if they episodes were a week apart. :)

David Steffen said...

And I also second the request for a topic about what to write in a bio. I never know what to say. Is that like the silly/entertaining bio that's posted in magazines just before the story? Like "David lives in a shack in South Dakota with fifty cats and a goat." sort of things? Or is it looking for real facts like what your full time job is, etc...

Barb said...

Right, or previous pub's, etc.

OK, OK! Lost. We just finished a Bones marathon and are currently in the middle of the 2nd season of an NCIS marathon. So, no other marathons for a while. Believe me, I am very aware of the pros and cons of watching programs on DVD!

I believe I can view episodes of Lost on On Demand, but they usually only air the last 4 episodes. Well, we'll see, we'll see...

Vince Gotera said...

David ... did you say FOUR episodes? When we (my fam) first started watching Lost, we were a couple of seasons behind, and I think we would watch like 10 or 12 episodes on a weekend. We just lived and breathed Lost!

I know what you mean, David, about what to write in a bio. I'll address that in a future article in Bertram's Blog. I have a buddy who actually used to make up stuff in his bios which were clearly hyperbolic.

Barb, you're gonna love Lost. It's gonna replace ALL your favorite shows. I've pretty much stopped watching all other shows, now. Even the ones I really liked. I've even tried to get hooked on new ones, like The Unusuals, and I keep thinking, "It's not Lost, it's not Lost." Tough.

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