On Writing, from Mary Karr

Most great writers suffer and have no idea how good they are. Most bad writers are very confident. Be willing to be a child and be the Lilliputian in the world of Gulliver, the bat girl in Yankee Stadium. That’s a more fruitful way to be. — Mary Karr

Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person

Tell them about how you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will … Continue reading

A poem as message in a bottle

A poem, as a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the — not always greatly hopeful — belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense, too, are under way: they are making toward something. … Continue reading

Be careful which stories you expose yourself to…

Be careful which stories you expose yourself to…The meanings you find, and the stories you hear, will have an impact on how optimistic you are: it’s how we evolved…If you do not know how to draw positive meaning from what happens in life, the neural pathways you need to appreciate good news will never fire … Continue reading

Everything Was Love

Amo amas amat amamus amatis amant amavi amavisti amavit amavimus amavistis amaverunt amavero amaveris amaverit Everything was love. Everything will be love. Everything has been love. Everything would be love. Everything would have been love. Ah, that was it, the truth at last. Everything would have been love. The huge eye, which had become an … Continue reading

Book Publishers Accepting Submissions by Category | MY PERFECT PITCH

Below is a list of approximately 1000 book publishers by category. All of these publishers are currently accepting book submissions. Addresses are for information purposes only, please click the link of each publisher for guidelines. If you can’t find the specific subject you want, select my Top Book Publishers, Non-Fiction Book Publishers and Fiction Book … Continue reading

Seth Godin On Books, Business, Choices and Life | Good LifeProject: Build Your Own Good Life

A great interview with Seth Godin on writing and the business of writing, and identifying your strengths and building a  life around it. Seth Godin On Books, Business, Choices and Life | Good LifeProject: Build Your Own Good Life.

Atlantis Award Deadline Approaching! « the poet’s billow

On Monday, submissions for the Atlantis Award will officially close at midnight The winning poem will be published on our website and be nominated for any national awards that they qualify for; the poet will be interviewed for the Poet’s Billow website and receive $100. via Atlantis Award Deadline Approaching! « the poet’s billow.

Five Marks of Oft-Rejected Poems from the Indiana Review

Five Marks of Oft-Rejected Poems by MICHAEL MLEKODAY There’s a bug going around the IR office. We’re drinking plenty of fluids, popping lots of pills, but everyone’s on edge. Just yesterday, I shook hands with Fiction Editor Joe Hiland, and I think I caught it: I caught the grouchy bug. So, I think it’s time … Continue reading

F. Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Hate Mail

F. Scott Fitzgerald—literary legend, master of the muse, star of early book ads, and one amazing dad—was born 116 years ago today. In 1920, shortly after the publication of his debut novel, This Side of Paradise, he received a piece of “hate mail” criticizing the book as an affront to the respectable members of society, … Continue reading