I’ve been so busy working on The Copperfield Review the last three weeks I’ve hardly had time for anything else. You’d never guess I had a book come out two weeks ago. Good thing it’s nearly summer so I’ll have some real time to work on everything that needs working on.
I wanted to share my Dear Readers post from The Copperfield Review here. If you haven’t visited Copperfield for a while, check it out. I think you’ll like our new look.
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Have you ever had a time when there just weren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? I have to admit, I don’t feel that stressed too often. I’m pretty organized so normally I can keep everything under control, but for the past few weeks it’s been crazy with how much I had to do. Finally, today, I can breathe. For now at least. It’s a good thing we decided to turn the Dickens Special into a year-long pursuit since that’s how long it’s going to take me to finish reading his novels and writing out everything I want to say about them.
Long-time friends of The Copperfield Review will notice our spiffy new look. Since it’s 2012, we decided it was time to join the twenty-first century with a blog-based site. Life has a funny way of unfolding sometimes. I had been thinking about changing the site for a while now, but you know how that goes. I made excuses, decided why I didn’t need to do it, the old site was fine, it would be too much trouble, et cetera. I put it off and put it off again until a chance encounter at the Las Vegas Writers Conference gave me the boost I needed to get it done. It took some fancy footwork to figure out how to work with wordpress.org—my own blog being on wordpress.com, which I find far simpler to work with. Learning the new site required a number of late nights pushing this and flipping that and annoying our Facebook friends with around 40 unintended posts.
Everything you’ve come to know and love about The Copperfield Review is here. We still have our Fiction, Nonfiction, Reviews, and Interviews pages. We still have our Submission Guidelines readily available. But the new site has a few more interactive features. We have a handy-dandy Contact Us page, and we have a new Submissions Manager. The Fiction, Nonfiction, Reviews, and Interviews pages have a share button so if you read something you like you can share it through Facebook or Twitter. And now we have an Archives, which our contributors have been requesting. I still don’t know the half of what this new site can do, and I’m looking forward to learning as we go forward.
Another new feature is the availability of advertising space, and you’ll notice the Donate button from PayPal on our sidebar. We realized (with the help of my friend from the Las Vegas Writers Conference) that if we begin generating income then we can begin paying authors for their work, which is how it should be. As a writer myself, I had simply accepted that writers aren’t paid (or aren’t paid well) for their writing. For most of the journals I’ve been published in, payment was two copies of the journal and a “Thanks!” And that’s about what we’ve paid here at Copperfield (though I hope our contributors realize we have a super hearty THANKS! for them). It’s time to turn Copperfield into a paying market. After all, we publish the best historical fiction out there.
This friend from the Las Vegas Writers Conference was there during my e-zine presentation. He mentioned Malcolm Gladwell’s assertion in Outliers that to have mastery over anything takes about 10,000 hours. In other words, in order to be good at your work, whatever it is, it’s going to take about 10,000 hours. At the rate we work on Copperfield, that might have taken us about five years. He asked if it took that long to get Copperfield off the ground. I told him we did it in about two. How? It’s pretty simple. It boils down to the fact that we have loyal readers and contributors from all over the world. Every edition our readership grows. I’ve received e-mails from all over the U.S., Canada, across the U.K., Switzerland, Germany, France, China, Japan, Australia, Egypt, Zimbabwe, and lately we’ve been finding a large readership in India. Welcome to our new site and thank you one and all. You’re greatly appreciated.
Here’s looking forward to all the future has to offer.