Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pleas and Publishing

My Facebook plea
Last week when I created the second “build” of my paper, my plan was to circulate it among my co-workers. However, none of them had actually read The Book Thief (which completely shocked me because I work at a library, I thought that all of them would have read it). Anyway, when that plan failed I resorted to begging on Facebook, which actually worked out quite well. After I posted my plea for help, my dad and step-mom both shared my post and circulated it to their friends. Long story short I received a lot more feedback than I was originally expecting. I had several long conversations with people that I hadn't talked to in a while, and they were very helpful. Specifically, my friend Bill provided me with other themes from Alice in Wonderland that I could use in my paper. And my step-mom's sisters (my step-aunts?) gave me some really good ideas about Death in The Book Thief. Despite my frustration at my co-workers for not having read The Book Thief, I ended up with more feedback that I had ever hoped of receiving.

On a completely unrelated note, here are my ideas for venues to publish/submit my final paper.
1) ScholarsArchive – this is the BYU academic archive.

2) 12th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous – A conference focusing on the cultural and historical moments that cause society to call something monstrous.

3) Interesting Literature: A Library of Literary Interestingness – A blog that welcomes guest posts about literature. 


  1. I think your success with social proof is going to give me that extra boost to keep trying! I haven't had any luck this week trying to contact people online, if I stick with it, hopefully I'll get as much feedback as you did!

  2. I found the Interesting Literature blog too, and I think it looks like a pretty fun place. Someday when I'm cool and published, I'll start up a blog like that and I'll invite all the poor struggling undergraduates to come post their research on my blog. :) I like your story about feedback, also. Way to take some initiative and talk to people!

  3. That's so cool that you got such good feedback! Also, that last venue, "A Library of Literary Interestingness" looks really great. Thanks for sharing!