10:09 am, Thursday, 13 January, 2011 – Atlanta
Before we get to a discussion about submitting, I used part of yesterday to think about this blog and how it needs to evolve. Looking over my general plan for the year [you know teachers – we do lesson plans], I figure I will be out of primary material in about six months. I know I can recycle [a reminder from my daughter that variations can be endless] but I do want to slow down my full tilting down the road.
I am restructuring so that Monday will be off, on the theory most people are clearing the decks after the weekend; Tuesday will continue to be a creative exercise; Wednesday will be off; Thursday will be where the mantras and any other discussion of aspects of poetry will happen; and Friday will continue to be a roundup of the week’s prompts. I may use Mondays and Wednesdays to post poems for prompts from other sites, but it won’t be regular. If there is something I want to share, I will always let you know on a regular day.
Over the past few months as I brought myself up to speed on the poetry scene in the United States, I realised that writers fall into roughly three categories. There are those who write and do not post or submit. My son and daughter are both better poets than I will ever be, yet my son has never had any interest in publishing what he writes and my daughter doesn’t have the time to write, as she once did. I suspect there are many writers who fall under this category
The second category is writers who post but don’t submit, whether because they feel more comfortable with the thought of sharing rather than going through the submission process, or they are not interested in submitting but still want their writing out there. With the onset of computers, I suspect some writers shifted from the first to the second category.
The third category of writers are the ones who want publication, whether in print or online. They spend much of their time crafting, revising, and honing. They also spend much of their time looking for places to submit. This category falls into splinter groups. One group does not post poems because they might be able to submit the poems for publication if they find a home for them. Another group tentatively [this would be my group] posts some poems, but, in general, holds onto poems that they want to see published. Yet another group wants their poems out there, no matter by what means, so they post, they self-publish and they sometimes submit. And, if they are established writers they have the luxury of doing whatever they want and they have earned that luxury.
There is no right or wrong. It’s what works for each individual and her/his writing.
This post has a part 2, which I will continue next Thursday, when I will talk about the resources for publishing. I will see you tomorrow for the roundup.