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Welcome to the 20th issue of the Weekly Prophet, a weekly newsletter that focuses on creative writing, publishing opportunities, life. An air-five to new subscribers! Thanks for being here. It means a lot.
Langley | November 15, 2020

The Power of Proofreading

Did anyone catch my little mistake last weekend?

I didn't until it was pointed out to me.

Which leads me to a confession: I work with a predesigned template. I plug in the content needed for each week's newsletter.

When I created it, I saved things like my opening blurb, dates, etc., to the template to remind me of where everything goes and streamline my processes. 

But last week, I had some issues with my laptop, and I lost some of my work on the newsletter. 

I was rushing to finish it and didn't take the time to check everything over. I hit send without updating the "I'll be back next week" bit at the end. (No, I won't be sending you the next update on July 16, 2021.)

As embarrassing as it was to publish that small mistake. It's an excellent reminder for us about proofreading.

Little mistakes can add up over time. It can erode your audience's faith in your writing, and it can turn publishers away. Adding a little extra work into your story, blog post, or email can make a difference. It can get you more likes and follows, increase your credibility, and get you published. 

I'm not saying that you won't make mistakes. You will, and we all do. But if you have the opportunity and time to go over your work before hitting send or publish, it will be worth it every single time. 

Upcoming Publishing Opportunities

I want you to have more time to prepare your submissions, so here's a look at some upcoming publishing opportunities:
  • Cardinal Rule Press produces high-quality children’s literature and nonfiction books for parents.
  • Blue Mesa Review is an established publisher of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • Writer's Digest is looking for short story and poetry submissions for their annual contests. The deadline to submit is November 16. 
  • The Sunshine Review publishes poetry and short stories. The deadline to submit is December 30, 2020. The password to view the page is TSR-Issue#1.
Good luck to everyone who chooses to submit! Please don't forget to check out the publisher to ensure that your work is a good fit, and follow submission guidelines to the letter. 

This week on Danielle Adams... 

Salamander is an established and respected print journal of poetry, fiction, memoir, and translation work.
On Tuesday, we talked about the police procedural, a subgenre of the mystery genre. We looked at how they are structured and where to look for research. 
These five paying literary markets in November 2020 accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This mix contains both literary and genre markets.

In the last six months, the following seven literary journals opened their metaphorical doors for the first time. Each magazine has a specific focus and area of interest, and publish poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.

Gill Books is one of Ireland’s leading publishers of content in terms of both the Primary and Secondary schools market, but they also publish nonfiction for adults. 
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What I'm Working On

The NaNoWriMo update: I'm behind. Like way behind. I'm so far away from reaching the goal that I've given up. Yeah, that kind of behind.

I know why I won't win NaNoWriMo 2020 this year, and I don't regret the decision. My husband's been really busy at work, and I wanted to spend time with him. 

And to be completely honest, I needed the break. The last two months have been very go-go-go, and I haven't allowed myself to relax and do nothing. It's been a good reminder for me to take the time to show myself some self-love. 

Other than that, I've been working on my literary magazine and looking into some new social media strategies to try out. Essentially, I'm starting to prep for next year by looking at what I've done to create some realistic goals for next year. 

Which brings me to this:

If there is anything you need from me, want to see, or don't like, please let me know. I love hearing from you guys!

What I'm Reading

I'm just about done reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I fell asleep before I could finish it last night.  I won't give you my thoughts on the novel until next weekend.

Since I'll be looking for a new book to read, I'll have to go through my long to-read list. It looks a little something like this: 
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R.R. Tolkein 
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Help by Kathyrn Stockett
  • Tick Tock by Dean Koontz 
  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  • The Raven's Poison by Braeden Michels
We'll see if I pick off of this list or go with something entirely else. I've wanted a mystery lately, and I think some Agatha Christie may be in order. I'm also open to suggestions from you guys!

Thanks for reading this far. 

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

I'll be back on November 22.

Danielle Adams

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