the waiting game

In the last month, I’ve submitted my poems for publication to three different organisations or groups. I was asked to submit, for consideration, my writing for an annual zine. I also saw a call for submissions for fictionists and poets who have not yet published their own solo book for an anthology. I also submitted my manuscript to a possible publisher who is looking through it to see if they want to handle my collection.

It’s the waiting game and while my work is out there, being reviewed, I’m here working on my commercial work and earning my keep and saving my money and paying debts.

It’s a good time for me to let my poems settle and find their space as I’m contemplating on revising my style. I want to really engage in my rhetoric more rather than the symbolic nature of my pieces. If I get all three out there, it would really be the perfect jumping point for me to try out new forms and really see if my voice holds up while doing a different form of poetic articulation.

Found this photo online. I don't write with a pen, not usually (and not that kind of pen), but I write and I don't think I'll ever stop

Found this photo online. I don’t write with a pen, not usually (and not that kind of pen), but I write and I don’t think I’ll ever stop

It would be really interesting, for me, to really learn the Spoken Word route and expound my poem’s narrative qualities and make them more conversational. That would make it more personal (all my poems are personal but the highly symbolic nature of my pieces, in my opinion, leave the actual story within the pieces as rather vague) and more revealing of myself, which seems to be the tendencies of the poems nowadays.

It seems the writer is not that very far from the poem anymore and with YouTube and performance poetry being the main platform for the distribution of poetry, it is something I have to look into.

Of course, if I discover that it goes against my own natural creative DNA, I’ll pull back and continue exploring other avenues and forge my own path, but I want to see if I can swim within the currents. I don’t want to always have to be an iconoclast. Poetry is lovely when it is shared and it would be great to engage with the community and the larger audience that has started to emerge.

But, again, my training and background is academic and traditional in nature, and that will be something that I will always keep with me as I forge ahead in this path. The trick is in finding the balance between what language is most effective to use and how my stories and ideas are best expressed and in what form.

It would be a lie to say that I’m not thrilled by this exploration. It is renewed art form and its resurgence is encouraging, to say the least. Now that I’m old enough to have had a life worth writing about, experience that would allow me to go deeper into the poetry of living, the art form has found a new audience looking for content.

But, the flip-side of this, is that I must back my age and experience with craft. I’ve been around long enough and I have been writing long enough to be really good at this. I’m not a beginner. I am putting the pressure on myself because I know I can take it and I will get through it stronger and better.

These are exciting times for a new poet. I’m excited.

5 thoughts on “the waiting game

  1. Yea, I know about that waiting game. Very frustrating. When you have a dream, you do everything you can. A lot of work, waiting, and support. Are you networking with others? After spending so much time, I found someone, a publisher, locally.

    • I am, actually. A few writers but I haven’t really been pushing or being too active. I guess I’m shy? I’m not sure just yet.

      I have networked with a Filipino director living in Qatar and we collaborated on a short film (me writing, him directing) and we only met online and never met in person. So I know it is possible.

      I’ll probably do that for my other writing as well.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting. Much appreciated!

      Good luck on your book! 😀

      • Thank you.

        Yea, I think what you are doing may work. It may not. There are is a Literary Guild that you can buy that lists all of the publishers and literary agents. It will list who specializes in what.

        The first question that you ask your self is whether you want to self publish or go traditional. Because the publishing world has been turned on its head, it is very difficult to secure a traditional contract without giving the shop away. Because of that fact, more and more authors are using self publishing houses.

        The second question is the usage of the professional editor. If you have the book, it still probably needs to be cleansed. Elance is an Internet device that connects writers with editors.

        Good luck

        Brent

        • Thanks for all of this, Brent!

          Yes, the professional editor portion is a non-negotiable. I know I can write and put together a story or poem but I write too fast and I write the way I speak, which means it moves in a stream of consciousness sort of flow, which entails a lot of compound-complex sentences and my tenses get all muddled up in the process.

          And proof-reading my own work doesn’t work because I know where I’m coming from and so I miss out on so many grammatical errors.

          Self-publishing is really the way to go but there’s a lot of back-end work which I know I’m not going to be good at, which is why I would prefer to be published by a publisher who can help me in that regard.

          Lots of things to think about.

          Thanks for all the help, Brent!

        • Oh yes. It is very good to have a stream of consciousness going. One of things a good professional editor will do is keep you focused. I suspect you know who your audience already is. The editor will need to do more than proofread.

          What I found is that a publisher is not inclined to help with furnishing the end of product. They see so many manuscripts.

          I would seek out other writers. There are groups all over the place and they kind of support each other. I would also look towards successful authors and reach out.

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