A vast public collection of real-life rejection
I'm seeing possibilities for a Warhol-esque series. I'll bet you could sell them at the holidays: "What to give the freelancer on your list..."Quoibs
Never, EVER enter contests that charge an entry fee. Why subsidize their lousy rag with your hard- earned money? One press in Vermont recently tried to charge for a $35 "reading" fee before they would consider a poetry manuscript. I wrote to the publisher telling them that in the 20+ years I've been a professional writer, it's always been my experience that the author was paid by the editor/publisher, NOT vice versa. One final pet peeve: when a magazine turns down a story/submission with a form note and then has the GALL to include information urging you to subscribe to their crappy little magazine. What a bloody laugh...
I think of it more as a contribution to the arts. Who else is keeping these little literary magazines (you may call them rags) afloat? Seriously, outside of my literary fantasies, The New Yorker is not going to publish me. Why shouldn't I send ten bucks to a small journal that may or may not publish me, but does publish other stuff like mine? It's a tax write-off and I get a subscription for a year. Nothing wrong with that.
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