For a while now, I’ve been wanting to write this post about how important it is for writers to give thanks to the editors who have published their work. I figured why not today, as we head toward Thanksgiving in the U.S.
It seems to me the trend, lately, is to take it all in stride…that it’s easy-peasy to get an acceptance. For some, that may be true. For others, it’s not. But I don’t care if you’re a new writer or have been publishing your work for a long time, you should always send your gratitude.
I’ve been trying to think of the reasons the industry has moved this way. Maybe writers think it’s no big deal to get published in an online lit journal, that it is EASY to produce an online lit journal, and that they’re a dime a dozen these days. In case this hasn’t been made clear to those of you out there, I would argue that editors of reputable online lit mags have to work harder to put a quality publication together. For me, this is a labor of love. My first-round reader and I spend hours determining which writers will be accepted into each issue, then I spend additional hours proofreading and formatting each issue for online publication so that it’s as perfect as I can possibly make it. While I can’t pay my contributors, I, too, don’t make a penny from this project–even though I put up about $140 a year to ensure DVQ is still around. I’m forever thankful for the people who donated to the Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Every cent that was pledged has kept DVQ going for these past few years. After this year, I will have to start paying out of pocket.
I’m digressing a bit from the point of this post. What I mean is that literary journal editors work their ASSES off in producing something that they hope will affect you to your core. We would all love to pay you someday, but for now we hope the project is just as worthy to you as it is to us. A lot of online lit journals are doing this without the support from an educational institution and/or are short-staffed.
At the end of the day, what any editor asks for is for you to read the issues, subscribe when possible, and say thanks. As much as we value the writers for sharing their words, we want the writers to value our efforts.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. The people at Writer’s Relief have this great article to on ways to make the power of gratitude work for writers.
P.P.S. For those of you curious…pasted below are a handful of thank-you emails DVQ has received over the years, reprinted with permission.