Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hopelessly submitting

I enclose an email I am sending after reading discouraging submission guidelines and thinking, dear blogfriends, about the titanic energy those few privileged poets who publish a collection must have... I feel very weak thinking of them.

Dear-------, I am an Italian teacher of English. I have contacted you many times in the past, but the contact got somehow always lost, three or four times. It's clear that it's almost impossible for me to submit.
I have anyway finally put together a collection, but I read that you have a list of booked manuscript until 2015.
But if I wait, and live, until 2015, on that year you will have a list until 2018 and so on.
I enclose to this email my manuscript which I also have on print and God, if he likes, will provide.
Life is short.

By the way, I have never heard from you about some poems of mine you told me you had selected in the only message you sent me two years ago.

Anyway, considering our past exchanges, characterized mainly by unanswered messages of mine I doubt I will ever hear from you.

All the same all my best.

Davide Trame


Crafty Green Poet said...

it can be very dispiriting, can't it?

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

It can... although at least the editor promptly answered.
It is anyway so difficult to publish a collection on print...I had only that moment of luck in 2006 having a collection accepted on line

Doña Eñe said...

Don't give up Tommaso and trust God.
Editors and publishers are only interested in making money, no matter the quality of writers.
Generally they like violence or controversy because they try to please readers. We cannot change their likings!
There are some exceptions, of course, but you must be lucky to find one of them.
Think about those extraordinary good writers who were rejected at their time: Emily Dickinson, James Joyce's Ulysses, Gertrude Stein submitted poems for more than 20 years before having one accepted, Alex Haley wrote every day for 8 years before finding success...

Dulcina said...

Sorry. I published the previous comment as Doña Eñe, my Spanish blog, but it's me, Dulcina.

Dave King said...

Look forward to hearing the details of your good news when they are all sorted out. Hearty congratulations. Not sure why you thought it would never happen to you. Very well deserved. Very happy for you.