Being Published vs Publishing Yourself

I confess I was temporarily enchanted by the claim of the (99% white) literary agents of “Diversity Pitchfest” that they were really — really really! — looking for Writers of Color to add coins to their coffers.

But the thing is, I’ve published myself and I’ve been published by others. (Hell, I’ve published others. Stephen Gyllenhaal case in point.) Preference: If money isn’t a factor — that is, if I’m not being paid — I would rather publish my own work in my own various blogs, zines, and paperbacks. I like to revise and I enjoy rewriting and getting the words just right, not to mention I’m continually proofreading my work, even after it’s “gone to print”.

In other words, I love the process. I find myself in the process. And hey, the finished product’s not bad either.

But once a piece is accepted by a publication it’s in their hands and I’m never satisfied. I welcome readers, but be advised: What you read of mine at any given time won’t necessarily be the final version. But close enough for rock and roll.

6 Lit Agents Who Asked to See My Work from Diversity Pitchfest (#DVPit) Then Never Answered

I have no idea whether any of these young people are employees of AAR-signatory agencies or not. (Oh, I lie. I actually do. I just don’t give a damn anymore.)  At their request as one of the many, many Writers of Color they seek I sent them material;  it’s been—what, two months?—and not a peep from any of them.

  • Annie Bomke Agency – Annie Bomke
  • Bond Literary Agency – Becky LeJeune
  • Browne and Miller – Abby Saul
  • Fuse Literary Agency – Jennifer Chen Tran
  • New Leaf Literary Agency – Suzie Townsend
  • Writers House – Alec Shane