Announcement: Write, Publish, and Shine!

Big announcement! And before we get to it, I want to thank you for continuing to listen in this almost year since I released new podcast episodes. I feel you out there; I see the numbers, too, so I know you’re there listening and waiting for new episodes. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience. 

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Hello lovely listeners and luminous writers. I have an announcement about this podcast, but before we get to it, I want to thank you for continuing to listen in this almost year since I released new podcast episodes. I feel you out there, I see the numbers, too, so I know you’re still out there listening and waiting for new episodes. So, thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience.
It was not my intention to take such a long hiatus.
At the beginning of the year I was uncertain about the podcast’s future, but I also had in the back of my mind that I would return with new content for your ears and hearts this past the summer.
That obviously didn’t happen!
I expect a lot of you can relate to why it has been difficult to make anything creative in this year of pandemic, and racial reckoning. Some of my silence has been deliberate—in place putting my voice out there, I have spent much more time intentionally reading and listening to voices on the topics of Black Lives Matter and racial justice.
And because of the impact of the pandemic, my own big writing project, a lyric memoir, was curtailed by the mental fatigue—exhaustion!—of this year. There was the practicality of having to do more labour on the home front, with more people around—people I love, but who are not conducive to my writing.
As of this recording, it’s just now I am finally finding a way to get back to memoir writing. Since March, I was writing short bursts of poetry, but not able to take in the scope of a big writing project.
I hope that wherever you are and whatever you’re struggling with when it comes to writing or just surviving this year and this time, I hope that you’re finding time to connect with your creativity and writing. Because I really believe that writing is a tool for deeper connection, understanding our world, and survival.
So, once again, I’m so grateful that you a have hung in there and continue to listen. I hope this also means you’re still writing and sharing your luminous words.
You might be new to me! And even if you aren’t you probably need a reminder of who I am, so let me to reintroduce myself. My name is Rachel Thomson I published a book of poetry a long time ago now. Life happened, some big heavy events, some more joyful ones, and I got sidetracked from writing that next book. But, as I said before, I’m doing it now. In the meantime, I’ve focused a lot of my literary energy on being a lit mag editor and teaching writers to write, publish and shine.
I teach writers in online writing courses,  including my signature course called LMLove. I will mention briefly that as of this recording, registration for the Lit Mag Love course is open. This is the final registration of 2020. If you are interested in learning more about the LML course you can go over to my website rachelthompson.co.
Now, for the podcast announcement: I’m very excited to start sharing new episodes with you soon. This will be more as a reboot than a continuation of the LML podcast.
A little background: the Lit Mag Love Podcast started after I pitched the idea to Room magazine, and I’m so grateful for their support and allowing me to share 40 episodes of interviews with journal editors to get insights from them about how writers can publish in their pages. The podcast really started from my desire to bridge the divide between what editors know is happening at literary journals and what writers who are submitting to journals think is happening. Big difference! There was, and still is, a big disconnect between the two.
In the rebooted podcast, I’ll continue to bridge that gap, but also will widen the scope a little. And it’s going to be just me, as Room will no longer be the publisher. (Side note this is an amicable separation: I’m still an editor with Room and just released my latest editorial output, an issue I’m really proud of, 43.3, Neurodivergence.)
With the new focus will come a new name: Write, Publish, and Shine.  I will continue to bring insights for luminous writers, writers like you who have something to say. It is rooted in my belief that your voice matters, your writing has a place in the world. I believe we need to hear your most authentic, truest writing that will light up your readers. I believe writing connects us, allows us to feel less lonely, lets us understand what it means to be human. Writing is literally how many of us are surviving these times, right?
I want to help you write publish and shine the light of your writing into the world. Each new episode will help you do this. Expect more episodes that delve into how to publish in literary journals! That’s not going away, but you can also expect to hear more of my own teaching, and how I help writers polish and prepare their writing for publication. And expect to hear from more guests, including emerging writers who talk about their journey toward becoming a published author.
I make this podcast happen and on my own dime through sales of my online courses. And, as I mentioned earlier, registration is open for Lit Mag Love.
Let me take a moment to tell you a little bit about one writer who took the LML course:
Ellen Chang-Richardson is a luminous poet, but before taking the Lit Mag Love course she was receiving rejection upon rejection from journals. She said, “It was like throwing darts at a glass window.” (You can tell she’s a poet.) After the course she went from throwing those darts at the window, to many, many publications in journals, and a sold-out chapbook. She said the biggest takeaways from the course for her were learning to strategize her submissions process, gaining deeper insight into the editorial process behind the submissions, and as she put it, becoming one with rejections. My heart grew two sizes when she also wanted me to let you all know that the course “was the best investment I ever made in myself.”
The month-long Lit Mag Love course starts soon, so if you’d like to you you get a big yes from a literary magazine and then another and then another, you can learn more and sign up at RachelThompson.co
So, starting in two weeks, I will expand on the conversations from our last 40 episodes. New episodes will start you’ll see them come out every other week starting on November 5th. Be sure to keep an eye on this feed, make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts.

Thanks for listening to this teaser episode. And you will hear from me again will full episodes soon, lovely writer.

Hello lovely listeners and luminous writers. I have an announcement about this podcast, but before we get to it, I want to thank you for continuing to listen in this almost year since I released new podcast episodes. I feel you out there, I see the numbers, too, so I know you’re still out there listening and waiting for new episodes. So, thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience.
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It was not my intention to take such a long hiatus.
At the beginning of the year I was uncertain about the podcast’s future, but I also had in the back of my mind that I would return with new content for your ears and hearts this past the summer.
That obviously didn’t happen!
I expect a lot of you can relate to why it has been difficult to make anything creative in this year of pandemic, and racial reckoning. Some of my silence has been deliberate—in place putting my voice out there, I have spent much more time intentionally reading and listening to voices on the topics of Black Lives Matter and racial justice.
And because of the impact of the pandemic, my own big writing project, a lyric memoir, was curtailed by the mental fatigue—exhaustion!—of this year. There was the practicality of having to do more labour on the home front, with more people around—people I love, but who are not conducive to my writing.
As of this recording, it’s just now I am finally finding a way to get back to memoir writing. Since March, I was writing short bursts of poetry, but not able to take in the scope of a big writing project.
I hope that wherever you are and whatever you’re struggling with when it comes to writing or just surviving this year and this time, I hope that you’re finding time to connect with your creativity and writing. Because I really believe that writing is a tool for deeper connection, understanding our world, and survival.
So, once again, I’m so grateful that you a have hung in there and continue to listen. I hope this also means you’re still writing and sharing your luminous words.
You might be new to me! And even if you aren’t you probably need a reminder of who I am, so let me to reintroduce myself. My name is Rachel Thomson I published a book of poetry a long time ago now. Life happened, some big heavy events, some more joyful ones, and I got sidetracked from writing that next book. But, as I said before, I’m doing it now. In the meantime, I’ve focused a lot of my literary energy on being a lit mag editor and teaching writers to write, publish and shine.
I teach writers in online writing courses,  including my signature course called LMLove. I will mention briefly that as of this recording, registration for the Lit Mag Love course is open. This is the final registration of 2020. If you are interested in learning more about the LML course you can go over to my website rachelthompson.co.
Now, for the podcast announcement: I’m very excited to start sharing new episodes with you soon. This will be more as a reboot than a continuation of the LML podcast.
A little background: the Lit Mag Love Podcast started after I pitched the idea to Room magazine, and I’m so grateful for their support and allowing me to share 40 episodes of interviews with journal editors to get insights from them about how writers can publish in their pages. The podcast really started from my desire to bridge the divide between what editors know is happening at literary journals and what writers who are submitting to journals think is happening. Big difference! There was, and still is, a big disconnect between the two.
In the rebooted podcast, I’ll continue to bridge that gap, but also will widen the scope a little. And it’s going to be just me, as Room will no longer be the publisher. (Side note this is an amicable separation: I’m still an editor with Room and just released my latest editorial output, an issue I’m really proud of, 43.3, Neurodivergence.)
With the new focus will come a new name: Write, Publish, and Shine.  I will continue to bring insights for luminous writers, writers like you who have something to say. It is rooted in my belief that your voice matters, your writing has a place in the world. I believe we need to hear your most authentic, truest writing that will light up your readers. I believe writing connects us, allows us to feel less lonely, lets us understand what it means to be human. Writing is literally how many of us are surviving these times, right?
I want to help you write publish and shine the light of your writing into the world. Each new episode will help you do this. Expect more episodes that delve into how to publish in literary journals! That’s not going away, but you can also expect to hear more of my own teaching, and how I help writers polish and prepare their writing for publication. And expect to hear from more guests, including emerging writers who talk about their journey toward becoming a published author.
I make this podcast happen and on my own dime through sales of my online courses. And, as I mentioned earlier, registration is open for Lit Mag Love.
Let me take a moment to tell you a little bit about one writer who took the LML course:
Ellen Chang-Richardson is a luminous poet, but before taking the Lit Mag Love course she was receiving rejection upon rejection from journals. She said, “It was like throwing darts at a glass window.” (You can tell she’s a poet.) After the course she went from throwing those darts at the window, to many, many publications in journals, and a sold-out chapbook. She said the biggest takeaways from the course for her were learning to strategize her submissions process, gaining deeper insight into the editorial process behind the submissions, and as she put it, becoming one with rejections. My heart grew two sizes when she also wanted me to let you all know that the course “was the best investment I ever made in myself.”
The five-week Lit Mag Love course starts soon, so if you’d like to you you get a big yes from a literary magazine and then another and then another, you can learn more and sign up at RachelThompson.co
So, starting in two weeks, I will expand on the conversations from our last 40 episodes. New episodes will start you’ll see them come out every other week starting on November 5th. Be sure to keep an eye on this feed, make sure you’re subscribed wherever you listen to podcasts.
Thanks for listening to this teaser episode. And you will hear from me again will full episodes soon, lovely writer.

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