Poets & Writers, November/December 2013
Being a writer caught between the traditional and the self-pub worlds, I’m always drawn to the what-ifs of self publishing articles and advice columns. P&W seems to be aware of this changing reality, given that an annual issue appears on that subject, so I dug in to this issue – with gusto.
If you’ve done the same for the past couple of years, you’ll find this issue disappointing in that regard. But if you’re just now thinking of diving into those waters you’ll find much to inform and reassure you. Publicity is where most of us bump our heads, whether published traditionally or solo, and Michelle Blankenship, in her column, “The Heartbeat of Publicity,” gives us both the somewhat gloomy reality of publicizing one’s self and works and some pragmatic advice on the best ways to go about publicity.
Reviews are another must for all writers, and Melissa Faliveno dishes on paying for reviews as well as gaining them for free.
Otherwise, Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame, gives us her story on grabbing the literary brass ring.
P&W promises and almost always delivers on items to inspire, inform, and reassure, and this issue falls right in the fat part of that bell curve.
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