Since late spring, I’ve made 35 plus submissions just using Submittable.com. I love using this vehicle since it helps me keep track of my submissions in one convenient location. I’ve also made email and US mail submissions.
My goal in submitting work is yes, to be published, but also to encourage me to improve my writing and to feel a part of a writing community. I am not a great writer, but I can be a good one if I work at it!
It’s obvious there are more poets than poetical publishing opportunities. I am receiving a number of rejections after an early spring run of four acceptances, and so yes, I am feeling the sting a bit, even while the editors are quite kind in their notes. Just doesn’t fit, not right now, etc. No one has said I should seek solace on another planet. Yet.
Poets, you know this is mostly unpaid publication anyway, and it’s the joy of being published that urges us onward.
While I’ve submitted mostly poetry, I’ve always worked on some mini-dialogue experiments and one short story.
In the meantime, I am enjoying revising my writing, and submitting more.
I am glad I am not trying to support myself with my writing, but I am also glad I write. It’s been a part of who I am since I was an angsty pre-teen, writing my wretched “woe is me” type broken-hearted poetry.
Now it’s time to get back to work; I have a lot of writing to do.
Thanks for reading!