Great feedback on Memoirabilia #4
Great feedback on Memoirabilia #4
When you decide to expand on your own writing skills by editing a magazine that will feature other writers, then feedback on the writer submissions, poems, editorials and stories in the magazine becomes even more important than book reviews are for an author. Why? Because it’s no longer just about you. It’s about helping other writers find what readers enjoy best, about boosting their confidence when someone likes their piece and leaves them feedback to that effect. And quite honestly, sometimes I become very frustrated by the lack of feedback writers leave for other writers. I’m a great believer in you get what you give and would sure like to see more writers giving more support to their peers.
Anyway, that said, let me share with you some of the wonderful feedback I have received on Memoirabilia #4. First in, was this bit from writer, Billy Morgan:
“I finished reading Memoirabilia yesterday after having enjoyed it very much. There are too many good stories to mention them all but my favorite was “I’ll Always Have Paris”. I normally don\t laugh at people’s misfortunes but I laughed all the way through Maureen McMorrow’s story because of the way she wrote it. You certainly have created a great magazine.”
Thanks so much Billy! Your piece, “The Smoking Time Bomb” was one of my favorites, by the way. Then there was this most appreciated, and very well-thought out review of Memoirabilia left by a new member of our group, Meghan Portillo:
“When I first found out about this magazine, I couldn’t wait to buy printed copies. I lucked out and found out about “Memoirabilia” as the 4th issue was being put together, so I waited until that was out before I ordered all four issues.
I was so excited when my order finally arrived (I think I actually skipped to and from the mailbox). The magazines are beautiful: They are a nice size (slightly bigger than “People”), nice and glossy (no cheap paper for Viga!), and no space is wasted – this magazine is chock full of words; there are tasteful pictures sprinkled throughout as well as pictures of memoirs and their authors. They aren’t cluttered with annoying advertisements; instead, Viga asks that authors pay for space to advertise their memoirs (I believe this is the only income that Viga sees for the magazine and it all goes towards making the magazine and getting it published. This really is a labor of love for Viga because I don’t think she sees any actual profit.).
The magazine includes interviews with authors, articles (some written by Viga, others contributed from other authors), Q&A, and – of course – mini memoirs, poems, and book excerpts. I noticed that the number of submissions increased with each magazine, so I’m hoping that the number of memoirs will continue to go up after issue #5 (issue #4 was almost nothing but mini memoirs with book excerpts sprinkled around). One of the things I appreciate about “Memoirabilia” is that Viga is generous when it comes to sharing other websites, memoirs that deal with the same subject matter as hers, and books about memoir writing.
I hope more people discover this magazine so that it can be thicker in the future and continue to be published.”
Well, I must tell you, Meghan’s words made my day. Not only did she leave me this wonderful feedback, but she left individual feedback for several of the contributors. Meghan, when we publish one of your pieces in Memoirabilia, I hope others will do for you what you’ve done for them.
And last, but far from least, I received this delightful note from another new Memoirablilia member, Brandon Crupi:
“Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Every since I read your advice about writing a letter to your Inner Critic I’ve been much more motivated to write. I actually just posted my first blog post in over two years and your push should share some of the thanks for that. I hope you don’t mind, but I mentioned you in the post and linked to your page. I’m really enjoying Memoirabilia. Thanks for all your hard work with that.”
Mind, Brandon? How could I mind? I’m most grateful for the mention and plug you gave Memoirabilia in that blog post. READ BRANDON’S BLOG POST HERE
Thanks to all three of you. And what about those of you reading this blog post? Was there something in Memoirabilia #4 that really spoke to you? A story? A poem? A WriterSpeak piece? Why not leave a comment for me or the author of the piece in the comments section below? Cheers!