Publishing. Could there be a more loaded word? It’s loaded with hopes and dreams of getting vetted by selection. Vindication leading to canonization and being part of the conversation. For my day job, I am a journalist. Journalists talk a lot about a few of these aspects — namely, selection, vetting and conversation.
How do you know what is a good source? Journalists are trained how to find them and judge their merit. If a poem is a good one, you won’t need to worry about this. You will open up to a good poem, get a burst of energy from it. (At least that is how I am describing what happens to me today.)
Next to vetting, being part of the conversation is the other key element of publishing. This is what I hunger for most–an exchange of ideas with people who aren’t just your friends, neighbors or family members. You get honest feedback from strangers who come across your work. That conversation can be immediate (blogs, Twitter, etc.) or it can come down through generations.
So how does one get to be a part of the dialogue? That is the question I am posing. The answer isn’t as obvious as it used to be. A tidal wave of change is coming!