It’s All Good.

Published June 25, 2013 by Elsa Pla
Lovely Old Church in UCD - Auraria Campus

Lovely Old Church in UCD – Auraria Campus

I recently attended a workshop offered by the Denver Writing Project on submitting your work to literary journals. I enjoyed the discussion and appreciated the helpful handouts. One interesting thing we did was make a list of good and bad reasons for wanting to get published. Here it is — I added three more good reasons:

Good Reasons:

To help others

For validation

For credibility

To be revolutionary or subversive

To be part of the “larger conversation”

To know that you are not alone and let others know they’re not alone

To give something of yourself — something of value — to the world

For the joy of seeing your work become the thing you love: a book

Bad Reasons:

To get rich

For fame and universal love

To please someone else

Food for thought, yes?

The one gold nugget I took from the workshop:

It’s quite pointless to submit to the slush pile — the goal should be to bypass it. How? By seizing opportunities to meet editors and publishers (attending conferences, etc.), by participating in writing contests, and by submitting your work to journals and publishing houses that are just starting out.

I plan to continue to try to bypass the slush pile, but I also plan to continue to self-publish online. Life is too short to do otherwise. I wish to create art and share it with the world; to be part of the “larger conversation;” to connect with like-minded/like-hearted human beings. I’ll just keep doing it any way I can. It’s about doing what I love, so it’s all good.

“Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing… the rest will follow.”  Jane Yolen

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