We here at Toho Publishing are thrilled to announce the first Dr. E. Benenson Scholarship in Poetry recipient. The recipient of this scholarship will get to attend our poetry chapbook course and will then have their chapbook published. Congratulations, Aleasha!

About the Recipient

Aleasha Quzack, a graduate from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), will use the scholarship to work on a poetry collection that celebrates Philadelphia and discusses generational trauma through the use of African-American Vernacular English. …

One micropress’ journey into the deep sea of publishing.

Photo by Patrick Tomasso

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing here, and it’s been all quiet on the Medium front for a bit because we’ve been busy! Here’s an update on where our micropress stands after three months of being in business:

  1. Publications: We have published a novel (The Father) and a short story (The Scientist). The Father currently stands at 4.9/5 stars with 25 reviews—which, if you have any experience selling on Amazon, you know that getting reviews is HARD. Total, we’ve sold over 200 copies, a tiny number by some measures, but considering that neither this company nor the book existed…

A quick moral boost for writers considering submitting their work for publication.

Today’s post comes to us from our one-time intern Parker Hilly and is about what it takes to get published. Here’s Parker.

Let’s just be glad that rejection letters are sent via email these days!

I mentioned in my last post that I had been submitting one of my stories to various journals and had already received my first rejection (and I’ve since gotten two more!). My rejection letter went a little something like this:

Dear Parker Hilley,

Thank you for sending us “A Real Good Man.” This piece isn’t going to be a go for [our journal], but we appreciate your thinking of us and wish you the best in…

What to do when your writing life becomes too isolated.

Writers can literally carry each other. :)

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani here of Toho Publishing, and today we have the founder of Palm-Sized Press, Emily Owens, sharing her views on the importance of writing community. Welcome, Emily!

I never appreciated having a convenient writing community until I was no longer surrounded by one. Throughout high school and college, there were always clubs and societies set up by writers who had been there long before me, and it was easy to just start showing up to their meetings, and—once I’d become comfortable enough—to share my work.

The more I attended these meetings, and the further I progressed in…

What’s your ideal writing space?

Charles Dickens is #writingdeskgoals.

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing here, and today we have our intern Parker Hilley joining us, talking about writing environment and calling on writers to join her writing workshop in Decatur, Georgia. Here’s Parker!

Almost as important to the writer as the story-writing itself is the environment in which the writer works. Perhaps you’re one of those enigmatic writers, a solitary creature, slaving away at your typewriter in your attic apartment, a mystery to the tenants in the rooms below who know nothing of you except your nocturnal mutterings and footsteps on the floorboards. Maybe you fancy yourself…

All your romantic delusions ain’t helping.

If I just keep writing, maybe I’ll get a book deal …

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing here once again, and today I come at with you with 9 ways NOT to be a writer.

Now, this post has been stewing for a while, frothing really (i.e., I’m foaming at the mouth as I write), so let’s get straight to it before my head bursts from the sheer force of what I need to tell you.

RULE #1: Don’t let your head get too big.

That’s right. I said it. A lot of writers think they’re smarter than everyone else. I know because I was one of those people. I thought that the incredible literature I read — Dostoevsky…

Here’s what an editor actually does when they edit novels.

C.S. Lewis is one of Ross Boone’s literary heroes.

Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing over here, and we are nearing the end of a major edit of Ross Boone’s The Blind Step Boldly. Thought I might use today’s blog to show just what it is we do when we edit — shown by the edits we actually made on a paragraph.

The Blind Step Boldly is a fantasy novel about a boy and a girl on a quest to save their drowning world. In the following graf (as all the cool editors call paragraphs), the main character Tobei meets the eyes of Beastoad — a strange, frog-like man. …

And you should too!

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing here, and today we have Philadelphian poet Sean Hanrahan expounding on why you should read your poems at readings. Here’s Sean!

My name is Sean Hanrahan, author of the chapbook Hardened Eyes on the Scan published by Moonstone Press. I am a mid-life poet working to expand the reach of my poetic efforts as well as trying to promote and give back to the Philadelphia poetry community. I recently had the opportunity to read at the Dead Bards New Year’s Bash on Tuesday, January 22nd, at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center. This…

The beautiful things a member shared about our workshop

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing here, and I’m back after a flu that knocked me out for a week. Today, a special blog post from one of our participants in our generative writing workshop. Without further ado, here’s Vivian:

Dear Andrés,

I wasn’t sure where your Creative Writing course would take me or where it would take the group last Wednesday, but I haven’t stopped thinking about it, so I wanted to thank you for an amazing first session.

The material we discussed and the way you managed to set us free to write beyond our comfort-zone was…

What to do when you’ve got too many ideas.

Sure, it SEEMS cute, but imagine being smothered by one million of them.

Well, folks, Andrés Cruciani of Toho Publishing here, and today’s post comes to us from Parker Hilley, an intern here at Toho. She writes about the nefarious plot bunny, which perhaps (like a few of us here), you’ve never heard of. Enjoy! (Here’s Parker.)

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

— Commonly attributed to John Steinbeck

I used the term “plot bunny”once in a creative writing class in college and was surprised that I had to explain what exactly a plot bunny is. For those…

Andres The Writer

Andrés Cruciani is the founder of Toho Publishing (www.tohopub.com). He’s a writer, editor, and teacher.

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