Tuesday, April 05, 2011

To run a race, you have to enter first

Enter the race!
 To run a race, you have to enter first. That's what Tiah said in this post. It reminded me that all the stories and poems that are in my computers and notebooks will never stand a chance of being published, unless I send them out to publishers.

So I spent some time editing and sending out material (both client work and my own creative material) to be published/used:

1. Finished the edits of a translation of a client booklet, sent the copies to language editors I know, and then forwarded to clients once they'd double checked my work.

2. Edited a poem I wrote some time back and submitted it to The Poetry Project.
3. Edited a 1600-word chapter of a story that didn't seem to be going anywhere. I wrote the story years ago, and somehow I got stuck after the first chapter. Or maybe this story stands alone as a short story? I don't know. Anyhoo, I sent the story as a contribution to our Writers' Group monthly round-robin. I was supposed to be the first contributor, so the next writer in the queue is going to write the second chapter, take the story in a new direction.
4. Published a story in an online forum for beta readers, so they can critique it. This story will probably be published under a pen name ( yes, I have occassionally used one) so I'm not putting the title of the story here.
5. Also sent out an enquiry to the National Library of South Africa to apply for the ISBN number for the children's book. BTW, registration is free.
I'm going to try to send out some creative material out at least once a week, so I increase my chances of getting published.

Thank you Tiah, for the reminder.


Jay Leonard Schwartz said...

So true. Sometimes you just have to jump into the pool. Writing is one thing, but getting it out under people noses is another. Beyond the fear of having one's work reviewed and criticised, another obstacle for the burgeoning writer is not knowing where to begin in terms of subitting their work.

tiah said...

And now that I see that line I think 'edit!' LOL

Damaria Senne said...

ROFL! Me too.

Damaria Senne said...

@Jay - I suspect there's a big market for your work, including your humour pieces. I really enjoyed your latest, about going to the gym. thanks for the laugh.

Jay Leonard Schwartz said...

@Damaria - Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad it brought at least one more smile into the world. :)

po said...

I think (from my huge fount of experience, haha not) that leaving creative writing project for a long while, even years is a good thing. I cannot objectively read anything I write until I have totally forgotten the story and can approach it as a stranger. But ja. I would love to read more of your stuff, so please keep us posted.

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