ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK YOURSELF
This one is going to be short and sweet.
When you submit your work to a magazine and they ask you to write a cover letter…
ADDRESS IT TO SOMEONE!
Don’t say “Dear editor”
or “To whom it may concern”
Go to the magazine’s website, find their masthead and PICK OUT A NAME.
And for the love of god don’t start your cover letter with “Dear, ____________”
and then forget to fill in the blank.
It makes you look like a fucking moron.
Note: I just did that. I wrote “dear” and forgot to plug in someone’s actual name before I hit the submit button. Don’t be like me.
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Public Service Announcement: a few of my favorite poems from Lupercalia are now on audio!
This audiobook is available for FREE download on Bandcamp.
There is an option to pay what you want if you’d like to toss a dollar my way but only if you really, really want to. I want you to have my poems more than I want you to pay me for them.
The tracks themselves are decent but they are not digitally mastered or made with any kind of professional recording equipment. I always try to put out the best possible product but right now I can’t afford a microphone or rent a sound booth so don’t judge too hard.
I tried to keep the cat and traffic noises to a minimum.
After I finished recording my poems we had a French drain dug in our back yard and replaced one of the walls in our den so there was too much construction noise to record anything else but there will be audio versions of a few of my short stories coming soon.
LUPERCALIA TRACK LIST
2. How to Build a Nest
3. Wife of Lot
4. Mermaid Songbook: A Boat Alone
5. Mermaid Songbook: The Witch’s Song
6. Mermaid Songbook: Dead Mermaid Singing
7. Mermaid Songbook: Redemption
8. Little Girls
10. After the Flood
12. Twisted Myth
13. Mirror Angels
15. Things Tourists Love
Wander through the nameless city full of rebellion, desire, and viciousness. Jessica Halsey’s Lupercalia guides readers through the ruins of stories as they smash against reality.
The city is born, slippery and feral, and then it grows, collects and rejects a multitude of denizens that break and reshape the boundaries of mythology.
These speculative and fantastical poems represent the search for identity and purpose in a world that challenges the endurance of the human spirit. From the fall of Icarus to the loneliness of abandon, these poems represent how every mythological hero and trial are reflections of our daily lives.