Unwinding From The Windy City

March 6, 2012 9:39 am | Tags: | No Comments

I’ve been attending the AWP conference for a couple of years now, and it always has the same effect on me: endless anticipation, then a massive four-day adrenaline kick, then days of exhaustion. In the past, I’ve written about my AWP experience, post-conference, in a series of quick points because, by this point, that’s the only way my brain is remembering things anyway. Here is my 2010 and my 2011 experience.

This year, I went to Chicago to, of course, represent The Missouri Review. What this means is letting the conference attendees know about what we have been doing, what we are doing, and what we will be doing. It’s also for talking to other editors about what they are doing with their magazines, swapping ideas and tips and sharing information. Also, discovering the new magazines, and meeting the writers. So many writers. Writers that The Missouri Review has published, would like to publish, haven’t yet published, and all the other thousands of people there, many of whom, I simply want to say hello and tell them I enjoy their writing. 

In an added wrinkle, I’m also looking to October, when my book comes out. What do I do to promote a book? I only have the vaguest idea, so I also wanted to ask people I know and trust what they could suggest to me about promoting a short-story collection. Lots of good advice. So, without further delay: the recap!

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