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Sunday, December 12, 2010

SUNDAY RALLY DISPATCH, 12/12/2010

Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members.  Your contributions from your area of the world, your activities, or your interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes of Musing by Moonlight at jamiededes@rocketmail.com. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.


We hope that all our Jewish friends who have been honoring Hanukkah this past week had a wonderful celebration.
ON THIS DAY IN 1889: the English poet, playwright, and husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, died.  A Browning quote every poet will appreciate: "Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought."

MERIDIAN PRESS ANNOUNCES EDITORS’ PRIZE CONTEST FOR 2011: Poetry and Fiction Awards, deadline is December 17. US$16 entry fee. US$1,000 prize. Details HERE.

MATT EATON (Notae.net) ON THE NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH (NaNoWriMo) EXPERIENCE: “ ... quite the challenge, not only for getting through it in the time but for maintaining motivation.  I had the story idea and managed the 50,000 words in thirteen days.  

The real effort wasn't the story or even what the topic would be, it was trying to make sure I gave it my all for the time I could.  The hardest parts were the first and last 5000 words, a barrier which restrained the creativity a bit in my mind until I got to the goal I wanted.  
I highly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to do NaNoWriMo, it is a great feeling to even get involved!  Even if you don't finish what you started, you have planted the seeds of creation and all it will take is a little bit of love and affection to make it grow (water is not included)!  

Thanks, Matt, for your much valued perspective.
Read an excerpt from Matt's NaNo, Remnants of the Banshees, HERE.
VICTORIA CERETTO-SLOTTO (LIV2WRITE2DAY'S BLOG) ON PUBLISHING STRATEGIES, GOALS FOR 2011, AND THE CONTINUING SELF-EDUCATION OF POETS AND WRITERS:
Jamie: You mentioned new strategies to get your book published in a response to a comment I made on your blog. How do you see yourself modifying your blog and your book efforts to adapt to the changes that are developing in publishing: for example, the growth of e-books and self-publishing? (I assume you see one thing as feeding the other.)
Victoria: I’ve been ruminating on the best approach. A recent article in Writer’s Digest discussed the difficulty first time authors are having breaking into the world of traditional publishing. 
My first novel, Winter is Past, is with an agent.  When I signed with her, she told me to expect a wait of up to six months. It’s been nearly a year. Recently, she explained that slush piles are miles high now because the publishing industry has been hit hard with layoffs and has fewer readers. The majority of the publishers who have gotten back to my agent have given ambiguous reasons for rejection such as “our list is full for the year.” There are still a few who have not yet responded.
The option for self-publishing or e-books is more attractive to me now than it was when I first shopping-out my novel a year ago. I’ve considered terminating my contract with my agent but more than likely will just let it be. I finished my second novel, The Sin of His Father, last spring, but I’ve been avoiding serious rewrites. When that begins I know I’ll have to curtail my poetry blogging a bit and at the moment poetry is what feeds my creativity. 
My plan, as I see it now, is to dive into that project next month when I’m in my writing nirvana (Palm Desert, California—till May). Once I feel the manuscript is the best it can be, there is a strong possibility I will go the route of non-traditional publishing. The options of on-line marketing and the platform I’m building on-line with my blog somewhat minimizes the daunting task of getting the word out to the world, an issue that previously compelled me to seek a well-established publishing house.
Jamie: We love the mini-writing classes you post on Wednesdays. What evaluation steps do you suggest we take in reviewing our work over the past few years in order to move forward in 2011.
Victoria: Here’s what I recommend for continuing education of poets and writers -
  • Read, read, read. Read books in your genre and books about writing. Read books that aren’t in your genre. Read and write poetry.
  • Go to writing conferences if you can afford to.
  • Join a writing critique group that has a defined, constructive structure. (My thoughts HERE.) There are on-line critique groups as well. (Note from Jamie: see Luke Prater's Facial Expression Poetry Circle in last week's Dispatch HERE.)
  • Write. That’s kind of a DUH, isn’t it? But the whole process of writing and rewriting teaches so much.
  • Visit on-line blogs or websites that are educational. It’s wonderful and encouraging to receive kudos for poetry, but don’t fall in love with them to the exclusion of constructive criticism. Most of our poetry communities are there to build us up (yeah!), but look for communities that will educate and critique as well. If anyone is interested in starting one, I’d be open to hosting. 
As far as the writing process, it’s critical to listen to your inner wise man or woman. You will read books that claim you have to write two hours a day or x number of words a day or else the writing gods will frown on you and your fingers will shrivel and that will be the end of your career. That may be (and probably is) true for many, if not most of us. I try to remind myself that any advice I receive should be given due attention. However, advice is a tool for improvement. If it doesn’t help me to reach my writing goals, then it’s not for me. 
There are many ways to go about rewrites and edits. Some writers tell you to go ahead and plow through your manuscript, get it all down and then settle in to rewrite. I imagine that’s the thrust for those who participate in NaNo. My own style is to reread and edit as I go. I like to work the writing of the previous writing session and that tends to plunge me into the writing of today. That being said, I’m far from absolved from doing an extensive rewrite/edit when it’s all said and done. I have put up a few posts on the revision/editing process on my blog. I’m sure that once I tackle the revision that’s sitting upstairs waiting for my attention, I’ll have more to add to that subject.
You’ve asked about steps to take in 2011? I’m believe you can only do it one day at a time. January 1, 2011 is just the day after December 31, 2010. So I guess I’d say, just put one foot in front of the other. Move forward. Do what you’ve been doing. Read. Write. Edit. Read. Edit again. But most of all, enjoy the process. I love what I’m doing. I want to have my novels published. I do. But the journey, frustrating as it may be at times, is a delight in itself.
Thanks, Victoria, we appreciate your sound advice.

AMAZON ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL CONTEST: Along with its CreateSpace self-publishing platform and Penguin Group, Amazon once again will sponsor a prize for an unpublished or self-published novel. Works that have never been under contract and are written in English by authors in the United States and Canada (excluding the province of Québec), as well as twenty-one other countries, are eligible. Details HERE.

CELEBRATE DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS: 
Anky0112 (December 1, 2010, Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Anky0112!)
JStar (December 7, Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Jstar!)
Scent of my heart (December 9, Happy Belated Birthday, Dear Scent of My Heart!)
M.L. Gallagher December 9, 2010, (Happy Belated Birthday, U Rock!)
Punam (December 10, Happy Belated Birthday, Precious Punam!)
G-man , December 10, (Happy Belated Birthday, G-man! Stay Young!Check out his Flash Friday 55 Writing Challenge weekly If you can!)
Thanks to Ji for the birthday list and illustration.
Your are cordially invited to join Poetry Potluck #14 tonight.
The theme for this week is: Hobbies, Pastimes, Entertainment.
You may link in even if your poem is unrelated to the theme.
InLinkz goes up tonight at 8 p.m. Central and will remain open for 72 hours.


Please email news announcements to Jamie Dedes at jamiededes@rocketmail.com.

Please forward photograph or illustrations and include all necessary links. Thank you!


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Jingle Poetry said...

beautiful post, Jamie!

love the interview with Victoria, super useful information!

Thanks for honoring those who celebrated birthdays recently ...

Keep it up!

Jingle said...

Matt Eaton, glad for what you did...
keep up the excellence.

M.L. Gallagher said...

That interview is excellent -- and learning of the Amazon competition -- hmmm..... that is awesome!

And thank you again for the B-day wishes :) It was a great one!

LeiffyV said...

God, I can't believe you put an interview with that Matt a-hole! I hate that gu-

What? What was that? I AM that guy? Ohh...

Thanks for the spot, so glad I could contribute in my own small way and it is all true, just keep creating and you can do a lot!

Teal™ said...

What is the theme for this week? is it just any arbitrary poetry or a specific theme?

Jingle said...

Week 14 theme is

Hobbies, Pastimes, and Entertainment.

You can link in poems unrelated to the theme if you wish to...
Thanks for the inquiry.

scentofmyheart said...

Jamie, thanks again! You're amazing! Happy birthday to all the rest! Lovely dispatch! xoxox

lynnaima said...

Thanks for the interview with Liv Jamie, Nicely done and totally enjoyable. I liked the tidbits along the way as well :)
L.

JamieDedes said...

Thanks to all for kind words. Appreciate much. I'm so pleased that this is both helpful and enjoyable. :-)

Scott said...

My piece is on my blog: www.sobernuggets.blogspot.com

I dont know how to linky in the comment box lol

Thanks for letting me join, I have not really been writing creatively for a very long time.

JStar said...

Thanks so much Ji! I hope that all is well!

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