this book to read the entire poem Wild
You don’t have
to write. Enjoy your free time. Relax.
Mary Oliver writes in the poem
“You only have to let the soft
animal of your body
love what it loves.”
If you are feeling the weight of
guilt about not meeting your writing goals and your income does not
depend on your written word –give it up. After all, wasn’t Annie
Dillard right when she questioned if anyone need write another
“manuscript to gag the world.”
Clean up your writing space—put
everything away. Clear off the surfaces. Dust. Toss. File.
Plan your New Year’s goals: perhaps
you are ready to pull out that fading needle point project or join that
base-jumping club profiled on the news.
No one has to write. It’s not a
path to riches. Publishers shun most manuscripts. Some of your family
members don’t even get what you write. A few relatives don't make the effort to read and
understand your words.
If you retire your
pen, your life will change. Some will take up swing-dancing. Others
will rediscover their love of the tuba they played in high-school band.
Hundreds will watch reruns of Two and a Half Men so often they will
memorize the dialogue. Millions will buy a Wii video game for virtual
play. Some will
have a void so strong that they are sucked back to their art with a
defiant energy that breaks through old blocks and reclaims the writer.
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Amy L Jenkins's article
Mania appears in the current issue of Grit.
Anne Bingham, who usually edits other people's work (www.AnneBingham.com),
had two short stories of her own published last month: "Dependence
Day" in The
Healing Muse and "The Progression of Seasons" in Fifth
Roberta Beach Jacobson (a.k.a. the Cat Lady) has two more pet
under her belt. The Ultimate Cat Lover (HCI) was released in September
Her contribution was "You're Invited to a Kitten Shower." Almost
Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them (Word Forge Books, Enspirio
imprint) came out in October, 2008. Her story was " Pink Ears, Red
has happy news to share!
Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs just made #10 on the Hardcover
Non-Fiction Bestsellers List for the entire Pacific Northwest! It’s
my 25th book and was published in October by New World Library.
contest extension: The
Fall Fiction Contest, with a First Prize of $3,000, a
Second Prize of $1,500, a Third Prize of $750, and ten finalists
receiving $100 each, is open to all writers. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO
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4. Feature Article
Goals are Worthless If...
by Brian Jud
Goals are the foundation of a solid writing and
marketing plan. They provide a target at which to aim, the standard
against which you can gauge your progress. They divide your vision
statement into manageable steps and provide a path to its realization.
And written goals provide a means for looking back to see how far you
If all these benefits of setting goals are true, how
can goals be of no value? Goal-setting is a tool, and like any other
tool it is useless if used incorrectly. Goals are worthless...
... if they are not clear, specific, measurable,
time-sensitive and written. This admonition is
almost a cliche, but it bears repeating. Objectives must be clear so
there is no misinterpreting their intent; specific so there is no doubt
about whether or not you reached them; measurable in their objectivity,
eliminating indeterminate goals such as "be the best in the business;"
attainable in a limited time period (which could be a month, a year or
ten years or more); written to make them indelible and not subject to
... if they are not realistic.
Set goals within the realm of what is possible for you to accomplish.
This does not mean you shouldn't stretch to meet a worthy objective, but
only that your optimism should not exceed your ability to fulfill.
... if they are not arranged hierarchically.
Arrange your goals from the most to the least important, from broad to
specific targets so you do the most important tasks first.
... if they are not part of a plan.
Planning is a verb, a series of sequential actions represented by the
acronym PIE -- Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. Preparing
objectives is the start of the planning process, the foundation upon
which your implementation and evaluation occur.
... if you don't follow up and make them work.
Once your plan is complete, move to the second part of the PIE acronym
and implement your plan, taking action to reach your objectives. As the
saying goes, plan your work and work your plan.
... if you don't evaluate your relative progress
and make necessary corrections. Are your
actions taking you closer to, or further from your goals? How do you
know? The evaluation portion of the PIE acronym tests your relative
progress to make sure it is forward and goal directed. If it is not,
make the corrections necessary to get you back on course.
... if they are focused on the problem and not the
solution. Murphy's Law is alive and well in
most parts of the publishing process. But if you dwell on the things
that go wrong, that is where your attention will be focused. Don't fight
problems, right problems. Set goals to reach profitability, not to avoid
... if they are set when you
are in a negative frame of mind. Negativity
can overpower your thoughts when revenue and profits are down. That is
not the time to be setting goals. Wait until you have regained control
of your attitude.
... if they are not derived from a sense of
purpose. Purpose breeds passion, the unfailing
belief in yourself and your ability to make your goals become reality.
Your targets will rarely motivate you to sustained action if they are
not set from an unfailing sense of destiny.
... if they are inflexible.
You may have heard that goals must be set in stone, inveterate mandates
that keep you firm of mind and path. However, this set of mental
blinders could obstruct your view and keep you from seizing unexpected
opportunities. Your mission statement should be entrenched in granite,
but there must be some flexibility in the way you implement your plan to
fulfill your vision.
Use goal-setting as the tool it was meant to be, part
of the process that transforms your vision statement into reality. Do
this and your march to success will be more focused and successful.
Brian Jud is an author,
book-marketing consultant, seminar leader and television host. He is a
prolific writer of articles about book publishing and marketing, a
syndicated columnist, and a frequent contributor to the Publishers
Marketing Association Newsletter. He also hosts the television
series The Book Authority, and has appeared on over 500
television and radio shows. Brian is the founder and president of the
Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, and founder and
president of Publishing Directions, a book-marketing consulting firm.
Contact Brian at
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CALLING FOR ENTRIES SAVE THE WHALES' POETRY
Save The Whales encourages children up to and including age 13 to submit
poems they have written for inclusion in a poetry book the organization
is putting together for publication. The idea for a book came about
because Save The Whales has received inspiring poems by children. Some
of the children’s work may be viewed under ABOUT US/Inspiration/Poems.
If you are a child age 13 or younger and have written an original poem,
or love whales and would like to write a poem, please submit it to Save
The Whales by emailing Maris Sidenstecker at firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to Save The Whales - Poem Entry, 1192 Waring Street, Seaside, CA
93955. Be sure to put your name and age, address, phone number and email
address on the entry. Please give your poem a title.
If your poem is selected, a parent will have to sign a release giving
Save The Whales permission to use the child’s original work. For a poem
to appear on their website, only an email confirmation from a parent is
If you want to write a whale poem or any kind of poem, here are some
things you'll want to know. A poem is like a tiny story. Something's
always left out of a poem, not just because it's a small bit of writing
but because you want to leave a spot where your reader can climb in! Not
all poems rhyme but all poems have rhythm. It can=2
0be the sound of your heart beat, that quiet or the sound of a hundred
people clapping together, making a pattern of sound.
PATRICE VECCHIONE'S "RULES" FOR WRITING POEMS:
1. Your poem doesn't have to make logical sense.
2. Don't plan what you're going to write. Let yourself be surprised.
Write your poem word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence.
3. Your imagination is ENORMOUS! Trust it to help you out.
4. Be foolish. (That's often when we write our best.)
5. Don't worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar or neatness. (Of
course, they're important but not in a first draft.)
6. There is no wrong way to write a poem.
After you've written your poem, read it over to yourself, be sure it
feels right, sounds right. Then put it away for a day or two. When you
read it again you may want to make changes. You may notice you left
something out that you'd thought was there. Now rewrite it and make sure
to spell the words correctly. Check your grammar and punctuation.
Be sure to include on your entry:
• name and age,
• mailing address,
• phone number,
• email address, and
• give your poem a title.
Entries must be submitted by December
Gulf Coast's inaugural prose poem / flash
The Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
This year's judge: Beckian Fritz Goldberg
Guidelines: Submit up to 3 previously unpublished prose poems or short
stories, each no more than 500 words in length. Your name and address
should appear on the cover letter only. All entries will be eligible for
publication, though only one will receive our $500 prize. Manuscripts
will not be returned. Include an SASE for results.
Your $15 reading fee, payable to Gulf Coast, will include a one-year
Send Entries to:
Barthelme Prize, Gulf Coast
English Dept, Univ. of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013
Deadline: December 20, 2008
Tiny Lights invites entries that feature a distinctive
voice, discernable conflict and an eventual shift in the narrator's
perspective. We are looking for writers who weave the struggle to
understand into the fabric of their essays.
This year, we are 3 "Flashpoint" prizes for essays of no more than 1,000
We can only consider unpublished work, or previously published material
for which the author holds rights. Rights revert to author after
publication in Tiny Lights.
Each essay must be accompanied by an entry fee: $15 for first essay, $10
each additional essay. Make checks payable to:
Tiny Lights Publications. Mail to: P.O. Box 928, Petaluma, CA 94953.
SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) recommended for feedback/contest
notification. One envelope for multiple submissions OK.
Essays may be submitted in one of two categories:
STANDARD (no longer than 2,000 words) or
FLASHPOINT (no more than 1,000 words)
Please indicate preferred category on ms.
Entries should be typed and double-spaced.
Cover letters are optional, but ideally the title page of the manuscript
should include author's name, complete address, e-mail, phone number,
and essay word count. Essay title and page number in header or footer
OK. Author name should not appear there.
Personal essay requires writers to communicate the truth of their
experiences to the best of their abilities. While no theme restrictions
apply to this contest, we will
not consider essays that celebrate brutalitiy or gratuitous violence.
Tiny Lights does not accept poetry, short stories, or material written
for children. Entry fees for inappropriate submissions may not be
Entries must be postmarked by Feburary 14, 2009.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Two Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 each.
Three FLASHPOINT prizes of $100 are also offered. Awards will be
determined by a panel of judges. Final authority rests with the
Editor-in-Chief, Susan Bono.
Winners will be posted at www.tiny-lights.com by April 11th, 2009
Winning essays may be edited before publication. Final copy must be
approved by writer. No essays published without author's permission.
All contestants will receive a hard copy of Tiny Lights' contest
publication featuring the winning entries.
A few words about hard copy submissions: I know it’s old-fashioned,
cumbersome and expensive for you to send us your entries via snail mail.
Someday, I’ll have to invest in the software that allows us to manage
electronic submissions. But until we learn to enjoy scrolling through
hundreds of essays on computer screens, you’ll just have to put up with
us sprawling on couches and beds, sitting at the kitchen table or in a
sunny window or a rocking chair or a dentist’s waiting room reading
every single word you send us. We’re old-fashioned enough to believe
it’s important. Inquiries may be addressed to email@example.com
Call for Submissions: Western Anthology
We are looking
for short stories from 500 to 3500 words in length, as well as poems,
jokes, puns, limericks, artwork, and general silliness. All submissions
must express one of the following themes:
+ American Wild West
+ Prairie Romance
or some mixture of the above.
Submissions open November 1, 2008 an' close on February 28, 2009.
Acceptances and declines will be ongoing through the submission period.
No late submissions will be accepted. Put "SUBMISSION: [TITLE]" in the
subject line, and address all correspondence to The Editors (there's two
of us) and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org -
¿Comprende? Now saddle up and write.
Co-edited by Erzebet YellowBoy & Sean Wallace
We are seeking short stories and poems for the
fourth issue of Jabberwocky, scheduled for publication in July
The elements and bedrock of Jabberwocky can
be largely described as the -ical approach: lyrical, whimsical,
mythical, in all its forms, particularly short fiction, poetry, and
illustrative. There are no boundaries, no restrictions, no genres. If
you love the art of the written word, its structure, its flow, its
language, I suspect you'll love Jabberwocky.
Original fiction only. No reprints. Multiple
$.01 per word for fiction
$5.00 per poem
Payable on acceptance.
WORD LIMIT: 4000 words.
RIGHTS: First world English rights, non-exclusive
world anthology rights, and non-exclusive audio anthology rights.
Download the author-anthologist contract
READING PERIOD: 1 October, 2008 - 1 February, 2009
Our response time is 2 weeks.
Email your story in rich-text format (RTF) to us at
email@example.com. Include the title of the story
in the subject of the email and a brief bio in the body of the email.
Please send queries to the same address. Thank you!