Hosted by Rachel Thompson, author and literary magazine editor, this podcast will help you write publish and shine the light of your writing into the world. Episodes delve into how to polish and prepare your writing for publication and the journey from emerging writer to published author.
Seventeen “Craft” Books & Lessons Learned in Our Writerly Book Club
Listen if you’ve been looking for books to support your writing practice, or maybe a list of books to give another writer in your life, or if you’ve been wanting to read with a community of writers, too, and need some guidance to get started.
#61 Staying True to You as You Publish with Laurel Parry, Lyndall Cain, and Tamara Jong
Maybe you have found yourself feeling compromised by the publication process. Maybe even by just anticipating the publication process you have bent your writing into something that doesn’t feel authentic to who you are and what you are here to say.
If you recognize yourself in either of those statements, you’re not the only one. We write to be read and it can be hard to hold that confidence it takes to stay the course and be ourselves with our writing.
Hear from three writers, who are figuring this out, too: where they went wrong with staying true to their voice and authentic selves and how they found their own unique grooves and continue to work on staying true to them.
A special thank you to Meli Walker who helped create this episode with interviews and production support.
#60 Chill Subs' Karina Kupp on Keeping Your Chill as You Submit
Chill Subs is making the submissions process much easier and less stressful. That’s the mission statement on this database of places to send your writing. Well, that’s what it started as and it’s already growing into a bigger resource for writers.
If you’re looking for a vibe that is warm and creative to learn and grow as a writer, registration is currently open for my Writerly Love Community: rachelthompson.co/join
#59 The Gettysburg Review with Mark Drew on Reflecting on the Time You're In
You’ll hear Mark Drew of the Gettysburg Review in this episode answering questions from the live cohort who came to our call attended by writers in the Lit Mag Love course. [rachelthompson.co/litmaglove]
When you’ll listen you’ll note right away that this call happened in the first year of the pandemic and you’ll get an editor’s perspective on the kind of reflection missing from most writing in the moment, at least for this particular journal. And you’ll hear about the kinds of work Gettysburg accepts the qualities of the work they look for and learn more about the editorial experience you’ll get should you place work with them.
Five Steps to Publishing Your Writing in Literary Journals #LitMagLove
Here are five things editors want in your writing submissions to journals. This is all based on my experience reading submissions, publishing work in a lit mag, and talking to dozens of editors from other literary journals who do the same.
If you'd like to find assignments to help you get more of each of the five items in your writing, check out my article here: https://rachelthompson.co/w-r-i-t-e/
#18 Know You're in a Conversation with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively
In this episode, Rachel Thompson talks with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively, about the responsibility of editors to elevate voices left out the conversation, why you should know what conversations have already been had about the subjects of your writing, her experiences with memoir writing both deep and shallow with ideas on how to find the deep stories that resonate with readers and editors.
Valuable Information you won’t find elsewhere
I was first exposed to these podcasts when I took the LitMag Love course (this course is extremely valuable by the way for anyone seeking to publish their work). We had an opportunity to listen to Rachel interview a few editors and to ask our own questions. Since then I’ve listened to a number of the podcasts. They give you insight into the litmag world and what the particular magazine is seeking. Very useful.
These podcasts are so inspiring and offer such useful insight into behind the scenes of Lit mag editing. All the info is revealed in fascinating interviews that feel like intimate conversations in a cozy cafe. I love it. It takes the fear out of submitting and gives much perspective on rejection.
Just what I needed!
This podcast is perfect for anyone contemplating submitting to a literary magazine, but is too intimidated to know where to start! Rachel manages to ask just the right questions and has introduced the listeners to a wide array of magazines, many of which I had never heard of. Love this podcast and looking forward to the next season!