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when i find myself in times of trouble, remus lupin comes to me speaking words of wisdom
When it comes to showing your work, I'm struggling with posting writings online (like i'd prefer to) because of publishers requiring submitted work to not be published in any form. I feel like that ideology is very old world. Do you have any insights or advice on how to play that game?
This answer got long. Skip to the last paragraph if you want the good stuff.
I’m assuming you’re talking about short fiction and literary journals.
Personally, there was a point when I was starting out when I realized I didn’t read any of the literary journals I was supposed to submit stories to and nobody I knew read them, either. What I did read, and what other people read, was the internet. So I decided posting my work online in my own space was more important to me.
But that was me. Basically, you have to decide what world you want to be in. If you want to be in the literary world, or the art world, or whatever world, you have to play by that world’s rules. If you want to build your own world, then you can make up your own rules, and do your own thing, and build your own audience.
But IF you decide to go your own way, DO NOT automatically expect that world you turned your back on to come around to you later. In other words, if you jump the gatekeepers, don’t expect them to kiss your ass after you’ve showed everybody you can jump them. (For example, nobody in the lit’ry world really gives that much of a shit about my work, mostly because I didn’t give much of a shit about the lit world when I was coming up.)
Luckily, there is, however, a happy medium: share your process, not your products. Share scraps, drafts, research, reading, etc. (Think of it as sharing the DVD extras while you’re making the movie.) Talk about books you love. Talk about writing. Build a little place for yourself where you’re sharing what you do. Then save the finished pieces for submitting to publishers.
When I started an online lit mag, the question of whether or not to require first rights (which is what this is) was something I struggled with for a long time. I love the Internet. I love how easy it is for writers to get their work out there.
I finally decided to require first rights because I don’t want to live in a world where the only writers and artists who can be successful are the tech savvy online marketing geniuses.
Some of the writers and artists I publish are tech savvy and brilliant marketers who save some work for lit mags, but many of the people I publish are not. Or, their process requires a lot of silence, so they don’t keep up with the Internet. Or, they prefer to work with an editor in private before they release their work publicly.
So, when I require unpublished work, what I’m really asking is, “Do you need this?”
Some people do just fine on their own, and I think that’s wonderful.
And here’s a nifty follow-up to Austin Kleon’s (sexy) ask response.
people that are dorks but also sexually attractive need to either stay away from me or get very very close to me
Reblog if you’re currently writing a novel, even if it’s only in your head or scribbled in the back of a notebook somewhere.
Think about how many books don’t exist yet.
I’m ALWAYS writing a novel.
I need to get back to my novel.
Still. Or again. I forget.
“Hey, buy me this thing”
“waIT NO I WAS KIDDING PLEASE DON’T OH MY GOD I CAN’T ACCEPT THIS STOP BEING SO NICE DON’T YOU DARE GET ME THIS THING I ASKED FOR I SWEAR TO GOD”
"Here, I bought you the thing"
"I TOLD YOU NOT TO I CAN’T ACCEPT THIS"
"just take it"
"I CAN’T-if you insist oK THANK YOU VERY MUCH"
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