Remember How I Was Going to Make a Book?


Just to let the new people in on it, in February/March Rachel McKibbens was doing an Indiegogo campaign for The Outlast Project to fund a tour to promote awareness for sexual assault. When she was getting closer to her goal, Rachel started posting a poetry prompt for every $100 raised and posted on Facebook and Twitter. By the end it was OVER FORTY prompts!

Here’s where I come in.  I decided to write a poem from each of the prompts for my usual National Poetry Month poem-a-day (aka 30/30) challenge. PLUS, I would make this book dedicated to the The Outlast Project and give the profits to charity. I contacted Swimming With Elephants Publications (a small press out of Albuquerque that does wonderful work) and made a tentative agreement for them to publish the book for me.

As of now…
I have sent the first draft manuscript to the publisher as well as the mock up of a possible cover and am waiting for feedback before doing the next step in editing/distribution. I had wanted to have the book in shops I used to participate in but have not heard back yet so I need to touch base with them again. I have not made the Indiegogo for the pre-orders yet so that needs to be done ASAP. Stay tuned for that. If you can’t wait until the campaign goes live, you can order via PayPal (

Thanks for your support! ^_^
~ Niccolea

OH! and here is a sneak peek of the tentative front and back covers.
(Click to see a larger image)


Not all rejections from lit mags are created equal . . .

I have to remember this…

Trish Hopkinson

We all receive many more rejections than acceptances. I recently learned that there are ways to help interpret the rejections literary magazines and journals send your way. Rejections actually come in many forms, including standard forms, tiered, and personal.

Specifically, a “tiered” rejection means the lit mag sends out different levels of rejections. The Nathaniel Tower of the Juggling Writer posted a great article describing several of these on his blog:

Ten Levels of Rejection (And What to Do About Them)

Additionally, there’s a “Rejection Wiki” where you can enter the name of the lit mag and view the rejections others have received and whether they are standard or a higher tier.

Try out the Rejection Wiki here.

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