- First (as they say on NPR)… Let’s do the numbers: 187 submissions (mostly stories, a few poems, a monologue); 7 pieces accepted (6 stories, 1 poem; or 5 and 2, by my count); a number of things still pending (see MY STUFF for ongoing links to my publications).
- To some, these numbers might be impressive: the sheer number of submissions, a decent number of acceptances (a 3-4% rate–modest but not bad). But others will know this is simply what you’ve got to do to get your stuff out there. And writers on the Zoetrope boards report success rates of 34 out of 122; 11 out of 100–so I am sufficiently humbled. Bottom line: write, re-write, submit, re-write again. The ‘market’ is out of your hands.
- My work was performed live: four stories in the New Short Fiction Series; then a monologue in the All-Original Playwright Workshop. Having accomplished actors read my words was a new and startling experience.
- Four the third year in a row, I participated in the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, this year with Steve Almond–and can’t recommend the conference or the Candyman more strongly. As part of my ongoing studies at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, I took an online class on rewriting with Charles Wyatt, workshopping my Kirkwood-winning story “Head in Bag” (still unpublished) three times in ten weeks: intense, and productive. I also took an online workshop given by the literary journal Mid-American Review, also well worthwhile.