The Externalist, Issue 12 is live and ready for reading with fiction from Dylan Gilbert and Ron Burch, nonfiction from Tom Sullivan and Normal Ball, and poetry from Ed Bennett, Lee Passarella, Donovan White, and others. Topics in this issue include the economic crisis, Guantanamo, global warming, peace, war, and globalization.
I understand why novelists get agents. I really do. If I could be a writer and never write a cover letter or sort through potential markets, I would be in Heaven. Unfortunately, that isn’t how the real world works–and short story writers and poets rarely get agents.
The cover letter issue has been covered in every writer’s instruction guide out there, but the most we typically get from those same guides on deciding where to send our artistic darlings is “Familiarize yourself with the magazine.” Am I the only person that finds this advice utterly useless, especially in regard to poetry? I’ll give you–this is important advice for the freelance article writer, but all too often the same magazine or journal that writes in their guidelines, “Familiarize yourself with our journal” also writes “Open all to all or most genres. Send your best work.” Say huh?