[ …touched and overwhelmed by all the letters I get bemoaning the travails of getting published I spent the last few days locked up in my laboratory boiling my thoughts and advice down to the basics. The essentials.
Stick to my program and you’ll likely be a Bestseller before the cows come singing on down through their skulls full of rice (results not typical)… ]
1) “It’s all about the writing”—well, you know, that’s absolute crap.
If your nose
Aint brown, this book’s
(like the Titanic, fire & Ice, blah, blah)
These sorts of mantras and reminders are vital. Tape this one on the wall over your desk. Engrave it on your sad, desperate brain.
3) Lie, beg, borrow, steal, squeal, bribe, flatter, romance, fuck, suck, massage old filthy Gargoyle’s feet:
Nothing should be off the table. Find out who you are. Make this a Vision Quest. Do anything. Be focused. Do everything. (& anyone!) And remember, again, that nothing, absolutely nothing should be off the table. (under the table, sure, of course, definitely)
4) If Jorie Graham invites you over to do some “pesky yardwork”—Go for it! And, then, if Jorie invites you on to the porch for a glass of “Aged but Perky” Lemonade—Go for it! And then if Jorie & her award-winning hair invite you, deep inside, for some private, bedroom gardening—Go for it! Go for it! Go for it! (and if you’ve got a green thumb at all, and lots of stamina, you’ll probably end up winning the Walt Whitman award, or something like that)
5) at AWP make sure your mouth and genitals stay really busy. It’s a jungle, really. Survival of the Absolute Fittest. So, again, keep that mouth and those genitals really, really busy. Like 24/7. (You’ll have weeks after to recuperate.)
6) Write a memoir filled with abuse and shit.
(no further explanation needed).
7) Fuck all morality.
eat the children. whatever. ABSOLUTELY whatever.
rake in the deals. become famous.
blah, blah, blah
glad I could help
and good luck to ya