February Reading

I got the idea from one of my Twitter writer pals, (Evelyn Alfred) to keep track of the things that I'm reading each month. This list may not be fully inclusive, because there were times when I felt too tired to write down what I read. Some items also don't have links for this very reason, or because they were read in print. In any event, this activity has taught me that I shouldn't feel bad about not fulfilling my Goodreads reading challenges! I won't ever beat myself up again. This doesn't even include Tweets or Facebook posts. (Ha!) I am looking forward to compiling everything at the end of the year to see just how much reading I do (outside of published books). Below is a list of everything I've read for the month of February. Disclaimer: I am attempting to learn all sides of publishing, hence all the publishing articles!

2 client manuscripts (one novel, one nonfiction book)

10 client papers (academic)

10 Black Fox Submissions (I'll get better, I promise!)

8 classic short stories (as review for teaching purposes)

Examining the Daily Scriptures February 1-28

I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You by Spencer Madsen (The Toast)

So You Want to Start Your Own Micro-Press? Center for Fiction

A Guide for New Literary Publishers (CLMP)

Lessons I've Learned Starting a Micropress by Roxane Gay (HTML Giant)

Why Small Publishers Fail by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

How to Create, Register, and List Your New Publishing Company by Joel Friedlander 

Should I Start My Own Publishing Company? By Jillian Beegsma

Anatomy of a Small Press Company By James Roy Daley
Books of the Dead Press

Bookstores and Getting Into Them (Starting a Small Press Publisher) 
Devoted Love Press 

How to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard

How Self Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (Part I) by Catherine Ryan Howard

How Self Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (Part II) by Catherine Ryan Howard

Self Printed Preview #3: The Minefield That is Self-Published Cover Design
By Catherine Ryan Howard

Self Printed Preview #4: What Does the Dream Book Look Like? By Catherine Ryan Howard

The Pros and Cons of Publishing with a Small Publisher by Robert Lee Brewer
Writers Digest 

Guest Post: On Writing Realistic, Flawed Parents in YA by Bryan Bliss

"Progressive Walmart. Really." By Sebastian Mallaby

"Don't Blame the Eater" by David Zinczenko

"In Defense of Cheering" By Jennie Yabroff

"Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter" By Tom Bissell

6 chapters in the book The Say, I Say (in preparation for teaching)

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World - February 16, 2015

Hello all! It's been a while since I have blogged about opportunities, but I'm trying to get better. I've been focusing a lot on my own writing, Black Fox Literary Magazine and my company, Writer's Atelier! It's been stressful, but very much worth it. I plan to keep blogging about opportunities, as I still believe in the mission. When I started this blog, I wanted writers to understand that there are tons of literary opportunities out there and while you're waiting on decisions for that novel (or even working on it), you can submit your work to various contests and magazines. It's good practice! Here are the latest opportunities. Don't be afraid. Get your work out there!


1. Gotham Writers' 91-Word Memoir Contest. Deadline: February 20, 2015

2. Sable Books is accepting submissions for their 2015 February Chapbook Contest. Entry fee is $25. No solid deadline. Check their website for updates. 

3. Iron Horse Literary Review is accepting submissions for their annual Single-Author Competition. This year, they are seeking to publish a prose chapbook composed of either stories or essays. Roxane Gay will judge. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 28th, 2015.

4. Cave Canem Poetry Prize: All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by black writers of African descent who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press are eligible. (Authors of chapbooks and self-published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply.) Entry fee is $15. Deadline: March 9, 2015

5. The Moon City Poetry Award is for an original, full-length collection of poetry composed in English by a single or collaborative author. Entry fee is $25. Deadline is May 1, 2015

6. The Southeast Review is accepting submissions for its 2015 contests in three categories: Narrative Nonfiction Contest, judged by Bob Shacochis; Gearhart Poetry Contest, judged by David Kirby; World's Best Short-Short Story Contest, judged by Robert Olen Butler. Entry fee is $16. Deadline: March 15, 2015.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions of fiction, flash fiction, poetry, writing for young people, & visual art for its summer/fall issue.
Deadline: April 30, 2015.

2. Canyon Voices is accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and scripts until March 1, 2015.

3. The New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & Literature is accepting submissions of short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, art and book reviews until May 1, 2015.

4. This Dark Matter, an online magazine devoted to dark fiction, is seeking fiction and poetry with an edge for the Black Friday Fiction feature. Submissions can include short stories, flash fiction, or poetry of any kind as long as there is some element of horror, wickedness, or mystery included. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

Latest Issue (#11) of Black Fox Literary Magazine

Hello all! The Winter Issue (#11) of Black Fox Literary Magazine is now available! Pam, Marquita and I are so proud of this issue. Not only is the cover beautiful, but we have a lot of diversity within the stories and poems selected. Thanks to our contributors and readers for their continued support! Read it on the BFLM site or purchase the print copyHappy reading!

Features work by: Sonja Condit, Dawn Fuller, Mandy Brown, Amy Castillo, Geenie Yourshaw, Carolyn Elias, Nathaniel Sverlow, Francine Witte, Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Kiana Donae, Byron Beynon, Gabe Russo, Allison Thorpe, Brad Garber, Doug Van Hooser, Zvi A. Sesling, Caty-Scarlett Coleman, Daniel von der Embse, Shannon Fox, David Haight, Willow Becker, Aiden Thomas, Eva Langston ‘Pemi Aguda and David Klugman. Cover Artist: Judi Calhoun. 

New Publication - The Best of There Will Be Words 2014 Chapbook

Hello all! I am pleased to announce that my fiction will be featured in The Best of There Will Be Words 2014 Chapbook along with Vanessa Blakeslee and Genevieve Anna Tyrell. I will also be part of The Best of There Will Be Words 2014 lineup in May 2015. The writers featured in the "Best Of" chapbook will read alongside solo chapbook winner, Sam Slaughter at The Gallery of Avalon. If you would like to support any of the above writers, pre-orders for both chapbooks are available here. The chapbooks will officially be available in May 2014. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Happy New Year!

Here's to writing success in 2015! 

Featured Writer at There Will Be Words

Hello all! Tonight, I am a featured writer at There Will Be Words. There Will Be Words is a monthly reading series in Orlando Florida organized and hosted by J. Bradley. This will be the last show of the year. I'll be reading some of my short fiction at 7 P.M! Some of the other featured writers include, Danielle Armstrong, Madison Strake Bernath, and Dan Lauer. Come out if you're in the Orlando area.

Workshop - "NanoWriMo: Keeping the Momentum" at Bookmark It (Part of FL Bookstore Day)

I'll be hosting a National Novel Writing Month workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15th at Bookmark It to help you keep up the momentum during this month of literary abandon. I'll discuss writing schedules, combating writer’s block, staying motivated, and what to do when you WIN! Register now for this FREE workshop at:


Don't forget to check out the awesome lineup that Bookmark It has planned!


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