Monday, October 3, 2011

The Power of Literary Citizenship, via Kore Press

The Power of Literary Citizenship
Shannon Cain

Advice to an Aspiring Author on How to Publish Your Book.

  1. Write well. Pursue this goal for about 10 or 20 years.

  1. Tend to your literary citizenship:

  • Read. A lot.
  • Subscribe to literary magazines.
  • Buy books. Review them, and publish the reviews.
  • Teach.
  • Celebrate the achievements of your colleagues. Champion their work.
  • Share your power.
  • Donate to small presses. Volunteer. Join a governing board.
  • Practice humility.
  • In workshop, be patient and kind and truthful.
  • Attend talks and conferences. Listen hard.
  • Mentor a new writer. Be mentored.
  • Be a good friend to other writers. Keep generosity in your heart.

3. Realize that literary citizenship makes you a better writer. Know that the more you give, the more you get back. Forget about publishing. Just write. And give.

Shannon Cain is the volunteer fiction editor and co-chair of the board of directors at Kore Press. Her first book, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, is forthcoming next week from the University of Pittsburgh Press.


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