Move Your Butt
Well, well, what in heaven's name is Lea referring to!! Easy - move
your butt and get writing.
It's the 28th of February, March first the Marquee was supposed to
be published and here I was sitting on my 'butt' thinking what can I write about? Then it dawned on me, procrastination.
Anyone who knows me knows I don't procrastinate but do, at times,
get 'lost' with all the writing committments I am involved with. But that is just an excuse for delaying my own writing.
How many of you dear readers have jumped to a site, checked out a
publication venue or contest, and thought, "I'm going to enter this. It's perfect for my style of writing." Then time goes
by, you go back on your TO DO notes and spot that 'ENTER CONTEST' reminder you had going on. Oops!! Too late...Again!!
That's the way I've been feeling lately. Always too late for this
or too late for that. How can we snap ourselves out of this 'forgetful' atmosphere? By writing for that venue right away.
By making a TO WRITE TODAY list and post-it on your computer screen before you go to bed to remind you of what you need to
accomplish the next day. By making sure you tick off at least one item from that list. That is how you try and get 'off your
I mentioned Contests above for a reason. If you link to Apollo's Lyre,
http://www.apollos-lyre.com then to our CONTESTS link, you'll note a whole year's worth of contests to enter. I am inviting you each to send me
an email whenever you send something off or even if you are thinking of submitting to one of these contests. Why? Because
I will be your 'behind the scenes' force to push and remind you to get a move on and finish off that submission before the
contest deadline comes and go, that's why. I'll provide the gentle Mother Hen whipping we writers at times need to accomplish
A note: before you submit to any publication or contest or agent,
make sure you check one of the warning sites, like Writers Beware or Preditors and Editors, for any indication NOT to sub
to them. At the time of placing these contests or publication venues, there may not have been a warning, but things change
from one day to the other.
So, let's get you writing up a storm now. Make sure to place
at least one writing item in your TO WRITE TODAY list and accomplish it. Here are some venues for you to submit to:
Publishes hardcover secular romances,
mysteries, and westerns for the library market. Accept unagented material. Check guidelines.
Contact: Carolyn Wall, fiction editor
Literary, genre, general fiction.
Also publishes poetry and articles.
Send complete ms with SASE. Accepts
simultaneous submissions if notified. No cover letter. Responds in 6-12 weeks.
Looking for well written mystery/crime/suspense and literary
LADYBUG MagazineP.O. Box 300
Peru, IL 61354
Contact: Submissions Editor
25¢ per word; $25 minimum All rights
LADYBUG, a magazine for young children ages 2 to 6,
by Cricket Magazine Group.
Mysterical-E aims to present quality mystery
hardboiled, softboiled, or anything in between. Cross genre work is welcome. Who says a werewolf can’t be a P.I.?
For submission guidelines, link to: http://www.mystericale.com/
We're always looking for more flash fiction, serial ink, writing articles, book
reviews, fiction and poetry for our readers to enjoy. Just link to the CONTACT US page on Apollo's Lyre to submit to the right
The Muse Marquee
You guessed it. We are a writer's column/zine so we, too, are searching for
flash fiction and writing articles to show off your talent.
And don't forget to link to Apollo's Lyre's CONTEST page for more venues to sub to.
Well, that's about it for me this month. Don't forget to email me whenever you want
that shadow behind you for an extra shove. I'm here for you.
Take care and keep on writing.