From Sarah, With Joy

*Poet * Author * Wanderluster*

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Writing Updates

This may be a bit self-aggrandizing, but I thought I'd just post an update on what's going on for me and my writing.

The Tipton Poetry Journal emailed me today and said that the new issue has been sent out, so I should be getting my contributor copy in the mail any time now. I'm so excited to see my name in print! They also said that the online version should be up in the next couple of weeks.

A while ago I submitted a bunch of stuff to the National Undergraduate Literature Conference held this year at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. I got an acceptance email a couple days ago, which is awesome, but I'm still kind of confused because the online thing hasn't told me exactly what they've accepted, and online registration isn't up yet. So we'll see how this one turns out.

Last but certainly not least: A while ago Sue London, author of the blog Thoughts That Get Stuck in My Head messaged me on Twitter and invited me to be part of her Fresh Voices series on her blog. Of course I gave an ecstatic yes, and she sent me some interview questions which I filled out and sent back. I think my interview will be up this Friday, but I'm not sure. But its coming up sometime soon on her blog, and I'll keep you all updated, never fear.

So what can you take out of this? If I can do it, you can! And I'm not just saying that to be nice, I really mean it. It really is up to how much work you put into it. Just keep submitting and keep submitting until you finally get a yes. Think of your writing career as a business, and work on things like social networking and researching out competitions and conferences too. I will try and help as much as I can by posting opportunities that I come across, but I can't submit your work for you. Don't be scared. The worst thing that can happen is nothing, but as the cliche yet true saying goes, you miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

I would love to hear how your writing careers are going. Successes? Near-successes? Possible opportunities?

Keep writing, keep learning, keep submitting!
Sarah Allen


  1. What you've posted is not about self promoting but rather an example for all of us who come by and read your posts that a determined individual can realize her dream.

    This is the beginning of that dream as you have realized the results of both your creativity and the places that you have found to be read by many others.

    Finally, and as importantly, "From Sarah, With Joy" demonstrates that the altruistic act of sharing with others, your advice and inspiration on this blog, creates a positive and dynamic effect on you. In giving to us, you are also given.

    And yes, Congratulations! :)

  2. Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words. I hope that my thoughts have been able to help at all, and I wish you the best of luck in all your writing :-)



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