5 for Friday: Publishing

5 writers on publishers and publishing from Advice to Writers, compiled and edited by
Jon Winokur

rules seem to be these: if you have written a successful novel, everyone
invites you to write short stories. If you have written some good short
stories, everyone wants you to write a novel. But nobody wants anything until
you have already proved yourself by being published somewhere else.”


“I don’t
think it’s a good idea for writers to think too much about the publishing
world. I sense in a good many books, even in books by the best writers, an
anxiety about how it will do in the marketplace. You can feel it on the page, a
sort of sweat of calculation.”


“Go to
a big book store that has lots of poetry books. Look them over and see if you
find any affinity groups that you like among the magazines and publishing
groups, people you dig or who might dig your mind. Send them your stuff.”


is the first of August. It is hot, steamy and wet. It is raining. I am tempted
to write a poem. But I remember what it said on one rejection slip: After a
heavy rainfall, poems entitled “Rain” pour in from across the nation.”


think it is the most curious lack of judgment to publish before you are ready.
If there are echoes of other people in your work, you’re not ready. If anybody
has to help you rewrite your story, you’re not ready. A story should be a finished
work before it is shown.”

Anne Porter

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About Ben Sobieck

Benjamin Sobieck is a Wattpad Star and 2016 Watty Award winner. He’s best known on Wattpad for Glass Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective, the Watty Award–winning sequel Black Eye, and When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories. Four of his titles have appeared on Wattpad Top 100 Hot Lists, all at the same time.

2 thoughts on “5 for Friday: Publishing

  1. Kate


    Yes– feel free to borrow the concept! That’s great– we’ll be spreading even more inspirational quotes around.

    And thanks for the award! I’ll definitely check it out. 🙂

  2. Laura Marcella

    Great quotes! I especially like the last one. It’s so easy submitting work before it’s ready. I’m guilty of that!

    Kate, I really enjoy your 5 for Friday posts. Would it be okay if I borrowed that concept for my blog? I would link to your blog during my first post and give credit where it’s due. I won’t use the 5 for Friday title if you’re at all uneasy about it.

    Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned on your MFA journey. Your writing is an inspiration, and I can’t wait to read your story collection in the near future!

    Btw, in my blog’s Thursday post last week, I gave you a blog award. Check it out! Hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂


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