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It’s National Reading Day!

Published January 23, 2014 by M E McMahon

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Pick up a book and read! Better yet, pick up a book and read it to someone else! Share the love and share the words!

Love,

Cranky

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Cha Ching!

Published January 3, 2014 by M E McMahon

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My New Year has certainly started with a bang!  I just received an e-mail from Page and Spine Magazine today accepting my short story “Snapshots” for publication.  In addition to the thrill of having another one of my stories published, I am actually getting paid for this piece! Cha Ching!

Page and Spine Magazine is a weekly online literary magazine dedicated to publishing new and emerging writers and they do offer a token payment.  Since one of my milestones has been to be a Paid Published Author, I can now add that check mark to my “Milestones” page. I am also proud to be a new member of the Page and Spine community!

Now, the payment is small but the satisfaction of being paid for something I love to do is PRICELESS!

The publication date for “Snapshots” has not been determined yet but I’ll keep you updated.  In the meantime, if you’re a writer…check out this excellent site and perhaps you too will soon be hearing the sound “Cha Ching!”

Yours in Writing,

M E McMahon

Publishers Need You!

Published December 27, 2013 by M E McMahon

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If you’re a writer, a poet or a photographer, I’m sure you dream of having your work published.  Perhaps you’ve already accomplished that goal and can add the publication of your work to your list of credits when submitting your future work to publishers. But, what if there were no more markets for your hard work?  What if print magazines became a thing of the past or e-zines become extinct due to lack of support?  Where are we to go? What happens to those great short stories, those touching poems or those amazing photos?

No one will see them.  That’s what happens.  How can we prevent that? We can support the publishers that do take a chance on us…who dedicate their time and resources to helping others to get our work in front of the public.

Many of these magazines are run by people who take no salary; they make nothing. Why do they do it? Because they believe in us and they don’t want to stem the tide of creativity that flows from our words or photos. But, with hard economic times, many of these publications are closing their doors.  They need money to continue supporting new and emerging writers; gifted poets and talented photographers.

We must keep in mind that self-publishing is not an option for a short story writer or other small works.  If these publications disappear from view, we will have nowhere to send our stories.  So, how can we help?

Some publications, such as The Storyteller Magazine, offers subscriptions or per copy rates.  If you want a home for your piece, you could order a copy and see if that magazine would make a good home for your story.  Many of these magazines also offer critique services, which I have relied on to “shine up” my stories and at a very low fee, such as Alphie Dog Fiction.  Some of these publications offer you a way to “Pay it forward” by making a donation or paying a reading fee which goes to support programs for young writers.

“But, I want to make money…not spend money!” you cry. Well, unless we support the publishers there will not be a paying market for your work or a place for people to read your stories.

Regina Williams, Editor of Storyteller Magazine, told me that due to the economy, she might be forced to discontinue publishing the print editions and go to an e-zine. This is an international magazine, recognized for it’s quality literature by Harvard University, that will no longer be able to publish print editions.  That would be a huge loss to libraries, schools and writers! We can help!

Check out the Storyteller Magazine, which supports new and emerging writers like us, and order a copy of the magazine.  Or, better yet, sign up for a subscription.  You will be investing in the future of not only the magazine, but a market that is in danger of disappearing from bookshelves!

I live on a limited income, but I do order copies of magazines to see if my stories fit their themes; I pay “reading fees” which are actually donations to support the publications or their young writer programs.  I consider this money an investment in my own future.  If writers will support these publications, they can stay in business and remain an venue in which our work can be published.

So, support these magazines and we’ll all benefit!

Yours in Writing,

M E McMahon

An Unexpected Honor

Published November 7, 2013 by M E McMahon

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As some of you may know, my short story “The Plagiarist” has been accepted for publication by Long Story Short.  I might have mentioned it (in great detail) in my post “Strike Up The Band.”  Of course I was thrilled to have my story accepted by such a great magazine.

But, much to my surprise, I received an e-mail from Linda Barnett-Johnson, assistant editor for the Long Story Short and, well, I’ll just show you what it said.

Hello Mary Ellen

We liked your story so much, that we’d like to accept it for our story of the month for November. Please complete the following and send back asap.

Linda

I couldn’t believe it! My eyes popped, my mouth dropped open and I gave such a loud yelp that my SO, Danny came running in from the yard.

The honor, the delight and the thrill of receiving this Award is indescribable!  My humble little story about my dad’s brush with plagiarism won an Award!

There were Interview Questions to be completed (another first for me), which I promptly answered and sent back to Linda post haste.  I mention this because all of you,each and every one of you, is mentioned as being a part of my success in writing  I couldn’t name names, but you all know who you are.

You’ve been my mentors, my inspiration and my friends since I started writing just a short year ago!  Your generosity in sharing your comments, your support and your own talents have inspired me to write more, write better and to send my work to publishers.  I owe you all a part of this Award!

Also, Long Story Short reviews all the award winning stories at the end of the year and selects one for their Story Of The Year Award.  If I win, drinks are on me!

So, my fellow bloggers, writers, poets and photographers, keep on with your wonderful works and again, my undying gratitude for the honor of being included in your Blogging Community.

You can read my story and my interview by clicking Here!

I also want to thank the Editorial Board of Long Story Short for selecting my story for this unexpected honor.  You have truly made this writer a very happy camper!

Yours in Writing,
M E
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