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June 28, 2014: The Writer's League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, TX
I'll be emceeing the session with  Scott Wiggerman, poet and editor-in-chief of Dos Gatos Press.  I'll also be hanging out with Yellow Bird Editors at our table in the vendors' area. Stop by and say hi!  I will have chapbook swag with me....and, with any luck, chapbooks!

November 16, 2014: The YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX
I'll be signing at the Author Blitz event on Saturday night!  More details to be announced as they arise.  I CANT WAIT!


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Collecting Rejection

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 21, 2014, 1:01 PM

I have a shoebox full of rejections.

The shoebox once contained my favorite sneakers – a pair of PF Flyers that I bought when I first moved to New York in 2006. I’m sad to report that the sneakers are no longer with us. The rejections, however? I have every single one.

The Rejection Box.

When I first started submitting my poetry to magazines – around the same time I bought those shoes – I knew that I wasn’t going to get a whole lot of yeses. At least not right away. And probably not from the big names. The Paris Review, The New Yorker – these are the magazines that make careers. I was just starting. Paper submissions were still the preferred method with a lot of magazines, so I took the long way to the subway every day so that I could stop by the post office and get proper postage for my submissions. I dropped them into the mailbox, thinking that this time, at least ONE of these would come back with a yes.

It took a long time. Finally in the summer of 2007, I heard from an editor at a new magazine called Mimesis. They wanted to print a few of my poems. I was so proud. My roommate and I celebrated, probably with ice cream and bad TV – it’s hard to remember. And I didn’t tell many people then, but the editor was a longtime friend of mine and so I never really felt like that completely counted. But you know what? It did.

Red Bird Chapbooks, June 2014.
Red Bird Chapbooks, June 2014.

Over the past two years I’ve published work in magazines that I never thought would have me, like Asimov’s Science Fiction and Post Road. And sometimes when I say things like this – that I didn’t think I’d ever get into these magazines – people give me this look like, well if you didn’t think you were good enough, why did you even bother submitting?

And I get that. Because I have a box of rejections that proves their point. And I have an inbox of archived rejections that extra proves it. But I’ve often told writer friends as well as young writers asking for advice that you can’t win if you don’t play. And that’s kind of how this is, right? I have a copy of The Cimarron Review that proves my point. And so I sent work to The Paris Review and Poetry last month.

Finishing Line Press, October 2014.
Finishing Line Press, October 2014.

This year has been a whirlwind for me, as a poet. My first chapbook, A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE came out last month. (This was another yes that surprised me. This is too weird for chapbook publishers! I thought. I submitted anyway.) And I have a second chapbook, A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY, forthcoming in October. Most of you reading this post probably know me from DEAR TEEN ME, from kidlit events and all things YA. But, what many of you don’t know is that I’ve been wearing my poet hat for much longer. And I think that working in this crazy tough, uber-competitive field prepared me for the rejections that I’ve received since I moved to Austin, Texas and began writing YA. YA is also super tough and uber-competitive, and it’s been good to know that even with a box of rejections sitting in my library, I have a shelf full of magazines that have published my work.

I started collecting rejections probably because I’m a packrat. And then, because I’ve always been kind of an egomaniac and, at 23, I had the most wonderful delusions of grandeur, I thought, well, these rejections will keep me grounded when I’m a famous poet. (Because that’s a thing. No it’s not.) Truly, what they’ve become is a reminder that it takes a lot of rejections to get a yes. It takes making an effort every single day, regardless of your self-confidence or your faith in the universe to please-oh-please throw me a bone. And it takes being willing to accept rejection. Accept it, because it’s part of the game. Collect it, because you can’t win if you don’t play.

PS: This post was cross-posted from The Writing Barn blog. Check out their Rejecting Rejection series!

Journal History


E. Kristin Anderson
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
My name is Emily, but if you're looking for my published work, you should Google E. Kristin Anderson. (Ask me and I'll tell you the why-I-need-a-pen-name story.) I write poetry (for everyone) and fiction (for young adults and children) and nonfiction (sometimes). I'm the co-editor of the nonfiction anthology DEAR TEEN ME (Zest Books, 2012) based on the website, where authors write letters to their teen selves. I have two poetry chapbooks coming out this year: A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press) and A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks). I'm an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review . I blog at about books and writing and my bizarro life here in Austin, TX. If you're looking for editorial or mentoring servies, I'm a member of Yellow Bird Editors, a group of industry professionals offering these and other services for professionals as well as beginning writers and teens.

I grew up in Westbrook, Maine and went to Connecticut College in the beautiful New London, CT, and have a fancy-sounding degree in Classics. Once upon a time I lived in Brooklyn and worked at The New Yorker magazine and sometimes I have dreams that I have to go into the office and make the magazine and can't remember how. ATX, though? It's a great home. I can often be found at Texas DevMeets trying to be louder than StJoan and failing. Sometimes I sew my own clothes and make things with my hands, but I use too many shortcuts to be a pro. And I like to take photographs with toy and vintage cameras. Don't listen to anyone who says watching television will rot your brain -- some of my best ideas have come from TV.

Scroll down for a list of upcoming events and information on my editorial and coaching services.

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`PinkyMcCoversong brings a type of dedication and enthusiasm that's a fantastic asset to our literature community. A constant inspiration and mentor to many, Emily has an eclectic background that has allowed her to develop a gallery filled with poetry and prose that will keep you glued and eager for more. An already published writer, Emily brought the "Dear Teen Me" concept to the fore in our deviantART community, and has continued to inspire writers young and old to participate. We're absolutely delighted to kickstart our 13th Birthday celebrations by bestowing the Deviousness Award for August 2013 to`PinkyMcCoversong.
-awarded August 2013




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dyejob Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
OH MY GOD EMILY! I logged in here for the first time in five years (working on a zine series reflecting on the last ten years in ten different jobs) and here you are, still killin' it. So proud of you babe. Glad to know you're (very) alive!
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Writer
MISS DOT! I still think about our AOL days sometimes. Your zine series sounds fascinating. <3
dyejob Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Oh gurrrl. I might have to put a little of my next check (whenever that will be) for your chapbooks and such. I think of you every time I see beautiful eyeshadow blends :)
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh man. I forgot I used to post so much eyeshadow stuff.  And THANK YOU!
Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, Emily! :handshake: It's a pleasure to meet you. :nod:

I have seen your name around the literature community and realized today that I have yet to Watch. I'm pleased to be doing so now.

I hope you're having a great day! :happybounce:

- Michael
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Writer
Thanks for watching!
Edges-to-Everything Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The pleasure will be mine, I'm sure!
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Thank you for joining :iconthewrittenrevolution:, we're delighted to have you with us. Welcome to the revolution. :salute:

We're quite a busy group. We regularly post prompts and publishing opportunities for our members to try. Don't forget to drop into the chat room as well!

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raspil Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014   Writer
yor thrad had a bithrday!

/was that even english
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Writer
Whoa.  That's peculiar.

Also, Best Anglich ever.
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