Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Welcome to Pittsburgh’s #1 girlie magazine for writers.
So far this month the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is averaging 175 visitors and 532 page views every day. You know you can’t beat that with a stick! My goal is to average 200 visitors and 600 page views every day by March 2016.
Speaking of March 2016, I finally made a tough editorial decision about submissions that I’ve been agonizing over for the past few months. As I’ve stated many times before in the pages of this blog, my little girlie magazine is a business like any other business with expenditures and revenues. I have to get my expenditures lower than my revenues. I cannot continue to take a loss publishing The Gazette. I have to move the magazine out of the red and into the black (It’s exciting being an entrepreneur). One way to do this is to publish fewer contributors that I pay (I have arrangements with some contributors that I do not pay). Right now I pay one contributor (or more) every month. Starting next year I will publish fewer contributors; and to facilitate this new policy I will only read submissions during the months of March, April and May. Submissions that do not arrive doing March, April or May will be sent back unread. Right now submissions are closed until March.
But I digress…
The Pain And Joy Of Being A Writer Of Fiction
If writing fiction is your passion, you should pursue it. Just go into it with your eyes wide open (I wish I had taken the following advice when I was a young writer). Understand that you will probably not make a living as a writer. This does not mean you can’t make money at writing. I have and I still do. It doesn’t mean that you can’t win awards and recognition as a writer. I won a K. LeRoy Irvis Fellowship to the graduate writing program of the University of Pittsburgh that was worth around $65,000 back in 2003. And it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a great deal of personal satisfaction as a writer. I did and I still do.
If you stay the course as a writer, you will also experience a great deal of frustration.
But if you keep writing through the loss of loved ones and friends; through the loss of jobs and lovers and friends with benefits and marriages; through all the rejection notices from editors, you will find that writing makes your life more exciting and more interesting to yourself and to others.
So, if writing really is your passion, if you’re not just a wanna be writer, then hell yes keep on writing.
This is Guy Hogan blogging in Pittsburgh. Today in Pittsburgh the high will be around 50 and there will be more clouds than sunshine.
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