Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Leaving on a jetplane

I'm off tomorrow for a few weeks visiting family, friends and old haunts in the UK. Hampshire, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Sussex... we have quite a bit of ground to cover.

But first we have the usual three-hour wait at the airport, which we'll spend sitting on the steps above the Spirit of Haida Gwai, mentally putting all that we're leaving behind behind us, and looking only forward.

Then nine hours in a long metal tube with recycled air and food that's more a metaphor than anything very nutritional (I was once served a microwaved omlette for breakfast, one that had been made seven hours and several thousand miles before - Cordon Bleu cooks may well shudder!).

O! What adventures may await us in Heathrow's new Terminal Five!

Then a National Express bus to Winchester bus stop (close to King Alfred's statue), a hop, skip and a jump around the corner - dragging suitcases behind us - and onto the Harestock bus which should deliver us to my parents front door just in time for tea!

And wo said travel was exciting.

But that's just the beginning.

I'm most looking forward to Cornwall, and my goal of one authentic Cornish Pasty a day (not one of the Pasty Company Company's - now so prolific throughout the UK and much loved by pin-striped gents who throw one in their suitcase at Waterloo Station and eat it for lunch over their spreadsheets in the City. Their often contain stuff like Gorgonzola cheese, basil and smoked chicken, curried prawns... all the ladies of Cornwall whose names begin with Tre, Pol or Pen must be quaking under their nice granite headstones.

I plan to sample one a day from the oldest bakery in each Cornish town I visit. And perhaps even also pick up simnel cakes, saffron bread and hog's pudding at the same time.

But if there's still a Stargazy Pie to be found in the Duchy, I'll gladly pass that one by.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Writing FAQ #3 - Recycling short works

Q. Can I publish a short story, poem, or article in more than one magazine or journal?

You can try. But each periodical has different guidelines about what reprints they accept. Many stipulate that they're only interested in previouysly unpublished work.

But in most cases the rights return to you within a certain period post-publication, so you can try flogging the piece elsewhere.

You might try to resell the work to a non-competing market - a publication whose readership does not overlap geographically with the one you've just had the piece in. If the magazine is only distributed in Ottawa, you could try a regional magazine elsewhere in the country - or overseas.

Don't overlook other English-speaking countries. New Zealand, Australia, Britain, South Africa... and many countries do publish in English, even if it's not their national language.

Anthologies often include previously published work, so watch out for those putting out calls for submissions.

Your best bet is to check each individual publication's guidelines to see if they accept previously published work. And check the contract or agreements you sign with any periodical to see how soon the rights return to you.

The best writers are also good marketers. If you can get extra mileage (and $$) by reprinting you essays, articles, short stories, and poetry, you're doing well.

Check out the following websites for useful market listings.
Worldwide Freelance Writers
Jacqui Bennet Writers Bureau (UK Listings)
Writing-World guidelines and guidelines databases
Yahoo media by region