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dgiharris
09-15-2009, 11:02 PM
So,

I'm by no means a pro, just a few pubs here and there. The latest one just came out by a magazine/periodical called the Card Room.

Anyways, so they mail me a courtesy copy and I immediately turn to my articles and I just can't stop reading them.

Which has got to be the silliest damn thing considering I'm the one who wrote it.

I must have read the damn thing 20 times over the course of the past week.

Is this just me?

And is this more of a 'newbie' thing. Are you seasoned veterans immune from this narcassistic tendency?

Mel...

Bubastes
09-15-2009, 11:07 PM
I'm the opposite: I can't stand reading stuff I've published because I see things I want to change even though it's too late to fix them.

blacbird
09-15-2009, 11:13 PM
I'm stuck just reading mine in manuscript form, because nobody else will.

caw

DeleyanLee
09-15-2009, 11:17 PM
I read over anything to make certain nothing got changed, honestly. I once had an article accepted but the one published (under my by-line) had a completely different last third, which came to a completely different conclusion than the one I'd been aiming for (and one I vehemently opposed). A few heated calls to the editor later, I got a verbal apology but nothing ever in print. For several years, while I was still in that line of work, I got backlash from that article. At least, having read it, I knew why and was ready for it.

Yeah, I read it when it first comes to my hands. Then I read it again, just to be certain of what I read the first time. And then maybe again, 'cause the third time's the charm. Then if it's not butchered, I'll read it as a reader at least once or twice, just 'cause.

Fortunately, I've never had the same situation I did above, but I don't think it's weird to read your own stuff multiple times. I think it's good mojo. ;)

stormie
09-15-2009, 11:19 PM
I'm the opposite: I can't stand reading stuff I've published because I see things I want to change even though it's too late to fix them.
Yep, I hear you. I only take a cursory look at my published work, afraid I'll find flaws that can't be fixed if it's in a print magazine. If it's online, I email the editor right away if it was their error.

Unless an editor or a reader remarks how much they enjoyed it, then and only then I'll reread it a few times. :)

aadams73
09-15-2009, 11:39 PM
I'm the opposite: I can't stand reading stuff I've published because I see things I want to change even though it's too late to fix them.

I'm the same way. I am, by nature, never completely satisfied with my work, so when I look back at something I can't help wanting to tinker.

Red-Green
09-16-2009, 12:45 AM
I tend to read just once. Get a mag that's published one of my stories, I'll read it to see if it's how I remembered it. Because with lit mags, you often aren't seeing the print until at least a year since you subbed the story. After that, it has to go and hide in the suitcase in the coat closet.

KTC
09-16-2009, 12:48 AM
I get magazines/newspapers/newsletters, etc with my stuff in them and I just file them. I don't even open the magazine to the page half the time. I like freelancing...but once it's out of the pen, I really don't take it any further. I just move to the next thing. I got a contributor copy of a magazine yesterday...I opened the manila envelope enough to get at the cheque, then I threw it on my desk. The magazine didn't come out of the envelope.

C.M.C.
09-16-2009, 02:20 AM
I'll reread obsessively before something is finished, but once it is, I don't have much of a desire to go back through it again. I already know everything that I'm going to find, and if there happens to be something I wish was different, being too late to do anything about it only serves to ruin my mood.

ishtar'sgate
09-16-2009, 02:27 AM
I'm the opposite: I can't stand reading stuff I've published because I see things I want to change even though it's too late to fix them.
Me too. Fiction at least. Nonfiction I'll read over and enjoy but my fiction makes me cringe and wish I could grab it all back and start revising it.

JoNightshade
09-16-2009, 02:31 AM
I don't really do that on published stuff - a once-over to see if there are any typos - but I find myself re-reading compulsively any time anyone else reads and comments on my work.

What I mean is, for example, I submit a chapter to my writing group. There are 3 other people and they all read and make notes on their printouts and then give them to me.

Now, I can't just look over their notes and make changes on my master copy. I have to sit down and read all three printouts. For each one, as I read, I am putting myself in that person's head (or trying to) and looking at my work as they see it. Does everything still make sense through their eyes? Does anything look weird or off? Is anything misinterpreted?

It's not just writing group, either. If my grandma reads something and tells me she likes it, I'll sit down and re-read, putting myself in my grandma's shoes.

Ken
09-16-2009, 02:32 AM
... still draw satisfaction in seeing myself in print, after 6 years of steady publication. So I read through my pub'd pieces once then file them away. This also allows me to evaluate my pieces one last time, enabling me to avoid the same pitfalls or duplicate the positives next time around.

NicoleMD
09-16-2009, 02:37 AM
I read all of my unpublished stories probably at least a few times a month, just to enjoy them. The published ones don't get the same attention, maybe once or twice a year, and even then it's from my files, not the magazine. Those I look over once or twice when they arrive just to make sure there are no glaring errors (if there are, I make a mental note not to submit there again), then file them away.

Nicole

CheshireCat
09-16-2009, 03:55 AM
So,

Is this just me?

And is this more of a 'newbie' thing. Are you seasoned veterans immune from this narcassistic tendency?

Mel...


Not a newbie thing; it varies from author to author.

Usually, by the time I've written, revised, gone over the copy edit, and then galleys -- sometimes two passes -- I'm so sick of a book I think I'll never open it again.

Then I'm holding the book, properly covered or jacketed and as it will appear to readers out there and, usually, I find the time to read it in the weeks after it's first published.

I almost always find mistakes I missed in all the other passes, or at least half a dozen things I wish I'd done differently.

But if I can still make it all the way through to the end without flinching too many times, I figure it's an okay book.

Want a more objective opinion, ask me to read it again after I've written two or three more.

Matera the Mad
09-16-2009, 05:25 AM
I love reading my fanfics :o

Some parts, anyway.

Phaeal
09-16-2009, 06:16 PM
I check my published stories to see that they look pretty, but I've never read through one. It's kind of like, this bird has flown from the nest, and now it's on its own!

Sage
09-16-2009, 08:48 PM
So,

I'm by no means a pro, just a few pubs here and there. The latest one just came out by a magazine/periodical called the Card Room.

Anyways, so they mail me a courtesy copy and I immediately turn to my articles and I just can't stop reading them.

Which has got to be the silliest damn thing considering I'm the one who wrote it.

I must have read the damn thing 20 times over the course of the past week.

Is this just me?

And is this more of a 'newbie' thing. Are you seasoned veterans immune from this narcassistic tendency?

Mel...
I haven't had the pleasure yet, but I would read my own stuff to death.

foreverstamp
09-16-2009, 09:17 PM
I can see why you'd want to read your own stuff. I'd be like 'oh, I should have done this, or I should have wrote the sentence that way instead...' Congrats on having anything that's published that you get to read in the first palce!

Izz
09-16-2009, 11:49 PM
I'm the opposite: I can't stand reading stuff I've published because I see things I want to change even though it's too late to fix them.Yeah, i'm a compulsive fiddler too. Every time i get a story rejected i find myself going back through it and changing little things--whether it's the first time back or the tenth.

I just had a poem accepted by an anthology and the editor told me he had no editing suggestions, and i emailed him straight back with one. Just one word, but i think it makes a huge difference.

When i have a story published i read through it a few times before it goes to print/webpage to make sure there aren't glaring errors i've missed. Once it's published i read through it once, just to make sure (like a few others have mentioned they do) that there aren't mistakes on the publisher's part that can be corrected (if it's electronically pubbed, that is). But i don't read it again after that. Heh--i've tried to, but i get bored after the first paragraph. After all, i know how it ends :D

jodiodi
09-17-2009, 03:59 AM
When I wrote news for local papers and the wire services, I kept huge scrapbooks of all the articles published, especially if I had a byline. Even the ad layouts I did, I saved.

If I'm ever published as a fiction author, I'll no doubt read and re-read everything. Then again, I may be the only one who buys it.