National Poetry Month is underway. How are you celebrating?
Are you participating in the Poetic Asides Poem-A-Day challenge? If not — catch up!
Remember: if you choose to post your work on PA blog, or your own website/blog — your work will be published. Is it a good thing, or a bad thing? It all depends.
Here’s an agent’s perspective on whether you should post your work online.
Consider the pros and cons of posting, but whatever you decide to do — keep on writing!
Do you post your work online? Has the practice ever affected you negatively? Share in the comments. Enjoyed the post? Press “like” and “share” buttons — thank you.
- We’ve heard “Write what you know.” We’ve also heard: “Write what you want to read.” Whichever path you follow, the idea is that it will (may, might) lead you to publication. So, it’s publishing advice. Or is it?
“We need books we can sell, not just books we love.” — Janet Reid, NYC literary agent
- Is it worth it to write something “not you” but sellable?
Sometimes it may be a long but successful road to publishing “the book of your heart.” Here’s what Janet Reid says about Jeff Somers and his book CHUM:
“What Jeff did was smart: he kept writing. He got published. He waited for his agent to get the book into the right hands, at the right time.”
- You might choose to write “domestic suspense” (or whatever is the go-to category at the moment) for the sake of (some distant day) publishing your “not high-concept enough” novel. But will you have peace along the way?
“I always figured the ‘write what you want to read’ isn’t publishing advice, it was writing advice. Getting published would be a dream, but that’s not the reason I write. I write because I want to tell a story — a story that, yes, is one I would want to read,” says Bethany Elizabeth, technical writer/editor, blogger
What say you? Share in the comments.
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Cup of Chocolate (La Tasse de chocolat), c. 1914. Oil on canvas, Overall: 22 15/16 x 19 7/16 in. (58.3 x 49.4 cm). BF40. Public Domain.
“Failure is not changing course.
Failure is not pursuing a new art form.
Failure is not trying new things.”
What is failure?
“The question you always have to ask is this: why should someone care?
The answer is NEVER: because I want you to; because I need you to; because it’s the right thing to do.
If that offends your sense of how the world should work, too bad.
It’s how the world DOES work, and publicity and marketing isn’t about ideals, it’s about results.
The sooner you embrace that (however woefully) the better your promotion practices will be.”
— Janet Reid, aka the Shark
The best approach is to use italics very very judiciously.
Start with thinking you can’t use any, and then use it only if you absolutely must.
–Janet Reid, Literary Agent (aka Shark)