CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR!
CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR!
Be careful what you ask for. How many times have you heard that?
Well I asked, and I got what I asked for. Except…now I’m not sure what I asked for is what I want! You know how this works and where it’s going, don’t you.
I asked for time off. I said I can’t do it anymore. Too many submissions. Too much work reading story after story, not all of them good. Too much worry about what to include in the printed issue of Memoirabilia and what to leave out. Too much concern about dampening fragile writer spirits if I rejected a piece.
Too many “what if’s”! What if those reading the mag don’t think the published pieces were worth including? What if I don’t sell all the copies? What if no-one even tells me which stories, articles etc they liked best? Now that particular “what if” really did me in, by the way. Only a few contributors ever said how much they liked the mag and just about no-one told me which stories, poems. articles, editorials spoke to them the most.
You know, authors want feedback. They wait, hearts full of hope, waiting for a review of their books. So do the contributors to a mag like Memoirabilia. They hope someone might just say “I loved your story, XXX”. But what we all asked for and wanted as writers rarely came. Yeah, I know. Everyone’s busy.
So I begged off Memoirabilia. Said, I’m done. I asked for a break. You all understood. And now I sit here wondering what to do with myself with all this newly found free time on my hands. Careful what you ask for right? My teaching memoir workshops are over. The last 2 writers’ events I host for the local library are done next week. I don’t have a book to write. I can’t even think of blog posts I want to write. I’m sitting here needing inspiration…
Do I dare? Do I dare suggest to my Facebook group to start sending me submissions? Careful what you ask for Viga!
I’m doing it. Send me some stories! Send me some editorials on your writing experiences e.g. how you went about self-publishing. Was it a nightmare or a joy? Who did you self-publish through? Or how about dealings with traditional publishers? Literary agents? Do’s and Don’ts of writing, all writing: fiction, horror, memoir, fantasy, dystopia. How about what you’ve learned at writers’ workshops. Got a poem or two? Read any good books lately that are worthy of your review? Have you attended a book talk by a particularly wonderful author/speaker? Tell us about it. What about attending writers’ conferences? Which have you attended? Recommendations? Why? What about promotion and marketing? What do you use? What kinds of results have you had? Have you considered podcasting? What about creating audiobooks? Book trailers? So much we could all be writing about and sharing with other writers, and best of all, helping them learn from our own experiences.
You see, while I’ve discontinued the printed version of MEMOIRABILIA, this website must now continue to have fresh material or it will die. I can only come up with so much myself. So I’m asking you all to become my co-editors by being contributors. What do you say?
So consider this a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. You already know how to submit: send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t turn your nose up at the opportunity because it’s no longer going to be printed in a magazine. There are some distinct advantages to being published online, the most important one being that if you have a website or blog, I will always link the article back to you. And you know what that means? More traffic to you! Consider this FREE promotion. Is this an offer you can afford to refuse?
Okay, the balls are in your parks now. Which ones of you will play? Waiting to see…