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Creative Aspirations Publishing

Well, I’ve done it! I have finally decided to launch my own publishing company: Creative Aspirations Publishing! Creative Aspirations will be launching three magazines in 2019, and we’re open to submissions!

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Here’s more information about our three digital magazines:

Haute Couture Society (Launching January 2019!)

Explore fashion trends and the latest beauty breakthroughs in this life and style magazine. Other regular features include essays about relationships, stories about women in power, and articles about body positivity. Haute Couture Society is committed to inclusivity.

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The Genre Journal (Launching February 2019!)

Read fiction from emerging writers in all genres with this periodical. Whether you love romance, mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, or even westerns, we have stories to entertain and enlighten you in each issue.

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Abstraction & Allegory (Launching March 2019!)

Art and poetry collide in this quarterly journal. Peppered between pages of poetry, you’ll find visual art from all over the globe.

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If you’re a writer, poet, fashionista, beauty blogger, photographer, or artist, I hope you’ll consider contributing. Please visit our submissions page for more information.

I’m really nervous and excited about this endeavor. Stay tuned for more details (and potential subscription coupons!)

Thanks for reading,

Tiffany

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Big Little Lies on HBO

It’s no secret that Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is one of my very favorite novels! I’m so excited that HBO is turning this into a mini-series. I’ve been counting down the months until it arrives, and it is finally arriving tonight!

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I hope that HBO can do this amazing book justice. It is one of the best books that balances character and plot so well. I think it’s probably the book that has impacted me most as a writer, and I would love to meet Liane Moriarty in person some day. Feel free to check out my review of the novel for more about that gem.

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Where to Submit Your Writing?

Becoming a successful writer is hard work (I assume, since I’m not yet a successful writer). Still, you will never get published if you don’t put yourself out there and submit your stories, essays, poems, etc. Once you’ve written something you’re proud of – what next? Where do you go? I have found one resource that helps me with these questions – Duotrope.

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Credit: Duotrope.com

Duotrope is a website that helps connects writers with publishers. It mostly deals with places to submit shorter works like individual poems, short stories, or essays, but there are a few publishers listed that take unsolicited larger works for consideration as well such as novels and poetry or short story collections.

There is a $50 annual fee to use Duotrope, but I think it’s worth it. If you’re not so sure, consider giving their free trial option a try and check it out for yourself. Duotrope allows you to search for the perfect home for your writing. You can put in your genre and the length of your work, and it will give you places that are looking for that. You can even limit it by how much you want for your product: no payment, token payment, semi-pro payment, or professional payment. They are constantly adding new publishers or contests for you to consider. This website has helped me cut down on my googling considerably by bringing the publishers to me.

I have wanted to be a writer since I was six, but I still feel like I’m still at the beginning of my journey as a writer. I’m taking baby steps and still trying to find my voice, but I’m going to get there! And you can too! I’m glad that I’ve found Duotrope to help me along the way, and I just wanted to share it with you in case it helps you too.

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New University of Cincinnati Press

Academic publishing is a really big part of the publishing industry, and I was excited to discover that my alma mater The University of Cincinnati has finally launched their own university press. The University of Cincinnati released an official press release!

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Credit: The University of Cincinnati

I’ve always been proud of going to UC and of my hometown of Cincinnati, but I was especially impressed by this new publishing platform’s goal to focus on “social justice and community engagement.” I think that this is an important step towards bridging the gap between academic writing and the rest of the world. I love when lines blur, and that will be exemplified here. Cincinnati has had a lot of social concerns in the past and the present. I think it is amazing that the University of Cincinnati continues to take an active role in creating and maintaining community connections and making a difference in the lives of all the diverse people in the greater Cincinnati area.

We don’t know much yet about the forthcoming publishing products of the University of Cincinnati Press, but I’m very excited to see what comes next. I do know, based on the press release, that they will be publishing in both physical and digital formats, which is wonderful since digital formats can often have a larger reach these days. Hopefully, good things will come of this!