Posted in Life, Writing

Ah, the Joys of Publishing

No, I won’t go off on a rant here. Although, that would be easy enough to do, considering the subject.  But, I will spare you. 🙂

Those of you that have your work published in places other than WordPress are familiar with the need to give the publishers UNpublished work. I do have a problem with accomplishing this. 

I’m not as prolific a writer as many of my friends here at WP are. I consider it a good week if I can post something here 3 or 4 times a week. But this doesn’t mean that I was necessarily write what you see here on each of those days. I share quotes or other people’s work as well. 

This brings me to my point. (I hear you saying, “Finally!) I am going to spend more time compiling some UNpublished work in order to submit for publishing. Therefore, you will not be seeing as much of my own work here. 

I have been very fortunate to have had some of my poetry published online as well as in print.  You can check out my Publications Page HERE if you would like to know more. But my efforts have been hit & miss.  

My intention is to be more focused in that pursuit. You will still see me here.  I can’t seem to stay away, even when I want to!

Thank you to all of you that follow me and put up with my sometimes rambling, nonsensical posts!  

Penny ❤ 

Posted in Writing

Duotrope? Use It or Lose it?

Duotrope.  Have you heard of it?  Do you use it?  I’ve heard of it here and there but have had no experience with it. 

From my understanding, they offer a Submission Tracker as well as listings of publishers.  Their site says “We help you save time finding publishers or agents for your work, so you can focus on creating. Our market listings are up to date and full of information you won’t find elsewhere. We also offer submission trackers, custom searches, deadline calendars, statistical reports, and extensive interviews.” 

Duotrope’s fees are inexpensive enough, $5.00 per month or $50.00 per year.  I do feel that we writers get nickeled & dimed to death by everything that costs us though.   

So give me your honest feedback.  Is Duotrope worth it?  Have you had any success with them?  Or is this just another money drain?  

I appreciate your input! 

Thanks! Penny ❤ 

 

REBLOG:  Be sure to look at my friend Trent’s blog and check out his books!  Quite the accomplishments here, Trent!  Way to go!! 🙂

My time for writing and blogging disappeared half way through the week, but I wanted to do a post. Hey, why don’t I talk about my books?! So here is a list of books with their blurbs in order of publication: Seasons of Imagination Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of […]

via Books to This Point… — Trent’s World (the Blog)

Books to This Point… — Trent’s World (the Blog)

This week, Sue Vincent has most obligingly given us another prompt word that lends itself to an extract from my WIP, Through the Nethergate. Or maybe, the idea I had for this word lent itself to my writing a new piece into my draft. Either way, I am grateful to Sue for the idea. “She […]

via #Writephoto – Timeless — Roberta Writes

#Writephoto – Timeless — Roberta Writes

Although it will still be a while before Through the Nethergate is ready for publication (I am aiming for early September), I am so excited about the cover that I thought I would share it here and see what you all think of it. This is the blurb (which will help you understand the relevance […]

via Book cover – Through the Nethergate — Roberta Writes

Book cover – Through the Nethergate — Roberta Writes

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Z Publishing – Affiliate Program

Hello all and Happy Friday!  I know I announced my poem’s placement in Z Publishing’s anthology, pictured here, earlier this month.  But I would like to tell you about Z Publishing’s website and my becoming an Affiliate.

IF you happen to go to Z Publishing’s website and purchase ANY of their books through my Affiliate Link, I will earn a TINY amount for that referral.  I don’t really expect to make any money with this, but I thought I would let you know it is available if you had considered buying any of their books.

Z Publishing is a wonderful resource for New and Emerging Writers.  This is what they do.  They give us Newbies a chance in this big ole’ world of publishing.  Not only do they publish poetry.  But they also print short stories, novels, etc.  Their submission process is an easy one and there is NO charge.

No pressure to buy!  But do yourself a favor, if you want to be published, and give these people a look.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  ❤ Penny

Okay.. Let me hold back the heart attack for a moment.. I just finalized (well, almost) the cover of my poetry book, actually my first ever complete book! And I am impatient, needless to say. So… Ta-daaaa.. I designed this cover from scratch, the pastel painting is one of my favorite artwork done by me. […]

via Swinging Sanity – Cover Reveal!! —

Swinging Sanity – Cover Reveal!! —

Posted in Life, Poetry, Writing

Reworked Work #weeklysmile

I’ve had a lot to smile about this past week.  Chuck, a friend of mine over at The Reluctant Poet (who is a sweetheart for sharing some of my work) made some suggestions about formatting my poetry and prose for my upcoming book. I’m sure glad that he did!

The process of formatting, editing,  and proofing everything has been tedious.  But it’s paying off!  While putting said book together, I’ve discovered, what I think, may be a few hidden gems.  In my humble opinion.  🙂

In order to rework these poems, I have been forced to look at my work with fresh eyes.  Doing this has given me a completely new view of things and I am amazed at how differently I see things that I thought were just fine and set in stone the way they were.

Below, is a poem I wrote a long time ago.  It’s always been a favorite of mine.  It deals with the struggles of resisting sin.  It never received the response that I felt it to be worthy of.  After a little tweaking and restructuring, I think that it now may be ready for the spotlight.

I call this Skirmish of Sins.  I hope you like it.  🙂

Stripped clean


Yesterday still ringing

in my ears

Bruised


But not

beaten


Never beaten


Sinner

or saint


Who

should judge


Slain

yesterday’s wrongs


Tomorrow

yields yet

another skirmish

of sins

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

*This post is in response to Trent McDonald’s #weeklysmile.  If you would like to get in on the fun you can find out all about it HERE.

 

 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

On Poetry and Publishing

When was the last time you BOUGHT a book of poetry?

When was the last time you READ a book of poetry?

I’ve been tossing around the idea of publishing a book of poetry.  I would want to go the traditional route of publishing.  I LOVE poetry.  I enjoy reading poetry.  But WordPress these days, is pretty much the extent of the poetry I read.

So I started poking around the internet and came across some pretty popular books from Barnes & Noble to Amazon & Kindle.  So there is a lot of popular poetry books coming off the presses.  Good to know!

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