Sunday, May 2, 2010

Manila Envelopes As Opportunities

I have been in a fever of submissions. I have been distracted by my 2008 edition of "Poet's Market" for the past three days. I have been scouring "The American Poetry Review" and the internet. So far I have one set of online submissions in, and two manila envelopes ready to mail out tomorrow.
It is so exciting to find all of these literary publications which are vital, bursting with creativity, and determined, against all odds, to keep print poetry alive! I want to be a part of that. I have sent off all of my strongest pieces for consideration, well, technically I have to put some in the mail yet. So now maybe I can focus on my end of semester responsibilities?
I find the whole process to be so much fun. Selecting the strongest work, putting it in an order which reveals my range, writing the cover letters and bios, and then the envelopes. I have always had a bizarre passion for office supplies. But these envelopes? They seem like opportunities. Even when rejections (inevitably) creep back in my SASE, it means someone out there has read my poetry and considered it. Sometimes an intern, or maybe even the editor of a publication. Perhaps they will even give feedback? The whole process thrills me! I can't wait for finals to be over so I can begin to work on some new poetry!


  1. That's awesome, Christina! I'm so proud of you. I'm anxious, thrilled, and a bit nervous about doing the same thing in the coming months (after the editing process is complete). One of my favorite author has an awesome blog where she gives new writer's tons of pointers, things to look out for, mistakes not to make when finding an angent/publisher, so I've been reading that a lot, as well as internet research, and a few books I've purchased to help me with the process. She also said she received about 100 rejection letters before her first acceptance letter, and she's now a NY Times best-selling author.

    I like this blog spot, I may have to make one of my own!

    To reiterate, I am so proud of you, and you are an amazing poet! Go get 'em tiger ;-)



  2. Thanks sweetie! I am excited to read your book. It is such an accomplishment to have written an entire novel, especially while holding down a full time job. I am here if you need anything. Are you going to try to get an agent? I know people who've said 2-300 rejections weren't uncommon. I know J.K. Rowling had a ton of rejections and now--an empire! There are alot of different publishing houses for your market, so hopefully you will find one you like! You should defintely have a blog! I would follow it!