I'm Rachel Thompson, founder of Lit Mag Love.
I’m a literary magazine editor, a published author, and I have interviewed numerous editors about submissions to their journals. (Learn more about me and the course in the video above.)
I think Lit Mag Love is a winner because it gives practical help for those writers who are ready to leap and just don't know how. Doing this with a group made it "fun" in a way and it didn't feel as if I were drudging along in my "room of one's own."
My writing life has exploded since taking the Lit Mag Love course! I've had five short stories accepted in the space of a few months (along with some inevitable rejections) and I feel I'm really on the right track.
Rachel deeply cares about helping emerging and established writers. She believes in building and cultivating writing communities—spaces for writers to meet, share work, get feedback, and grow.
Lit Mag Love taught me to be more professional in terms of the writing practice. Getting published isn't just throwing your work into the dark. You have to be strategic about it. I really liked that Lit Mag Love broke it down into specific goals.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to publish in literary magazines, but really any writer who is interested in joining a community and honing their craft.
Lit Mag Love was the impetus I needed to get serious and motivated about my submissions. Rachel was a luminous guide offering equal parts gentle prompts and discerning truths.
It turns out, Anne had submitted a piece to ten lit mags and a lower-tier place accepted her work right away. The "weird" thing was when she withdrew from the higher-tier places, two got back to her telling her they were moved by her work and one said they would have published her piece had she not withdrawn it.
Getting such positive response all at once from lit mags was not how things were for Anne before she joined Lit Mag Love.
Anne enrolled in Lit Mag Love because she was frustrated with the submission process. Up to that point, most of her work was getting rejected and she wouldn’t hear back from most literary magazines for many months.
“Getting published seemed nearly impossible,” Anne said.
Anne had gone from months and months of waiting—with many rejections—to having journals fighting to publish her work!
Lit Mag Love showed her how she had been going at submitting “all wrong.”
“As soon as I took Rachel’s advice, I started to get acceptance letters in my email. (I just wish I had listened to her about submitting to my tier-one magazines first!)”
“I highly recommend Rachel’s lit mag publishing course. It really fuels you to get published and makes the process easy. The best thing is you will see results!”
This course gave me a lot of the direction when I was floundering beforehand. I always wondered whether I just wasn't good enough, now I see two things after this course—how to work with a system and that only I get to decide that I am a good enough writer.
What a wonderful experience meeting everyone, connecting, and spending the last month talking writing and submissions! Rachel, thank you for all your hard work, your patience, and your passion for writing. They come through loud and clear, and they've rubbed off on all of us.
The course helped me to see what encouragement I could take from decoding rejections and to keep reaching for my dream journals, particularly when they say they'd like to see other work.
Once registered, you will have lifetime access to the lessons, as well as free updated and new lessons. (For each new session I update the lessons and often add new ones.)
Each video lesson in the course comes with concrete, detailed assignment. You will need to have 3-5 hours available per week of the course session to do the assignment, but you set your own schedule. (You could skip a week and double-up the next, for example.)
Each week in the course we have office hours where you can come and ask questions live. I set the times for our live calls based upon when the current cohort is available (and I will set up personal meetings with any outliers). Video replays are available after each live call.
Created by & © Rachel Thompson, 2018