Pub Masters Appreciation #1
Highlighting Publication Owners/Editors
We writers, and especially Medium writers, are always looking for engaging publications to host our work. Medium is filled with a lot of great publications for just about any type of writing one can imagine. And some publication owners (who I affectionately call Pub Masters) are extremely engaging with their writers. Some owners, like Dr Mehmet Yildiz of Illumination provide the platforms, give guidance, but for the most part allow their writers to write about topics and forms that resonate with them. Make no mistake though, owners like the good Doc M are actively engaged in their publication and with their writers. However, there are subsets of publications here on Medium for niche writing — poetry, essays, specialized articles, and fiction. And today, I want to highlight a couple of these Pub Masters and the way they actively engage with their readers.
What are the signs of actively engaging owner/editors of niche publications? Well, they have a concept for their publications, a dedication, if you will — poetry, fiction, essays, articles, etc. And they provide guidance to their writers via prompts. Yes, the prompts are key to building a great publication for these Pub Masters. However, they also allow writers to write freely, without prompts, so long as they keep their writing within the set guidelines. Here are two that admittedly I am biased toward since I write for them:
Diana describes her publication thusly:
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘷𝘶𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 & 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴.
The main themes for KTHT are Spirituality, Self-Improvement/Self-Discovery, Life Lessons and Love. Diana keeps her writers engaged by providing weekly and weekend prompts, with the goal of allowing her writers to explore their inner-selves and the environment around them. Her writers have the freedom to express themselves via poetry, essays, creative non-fiction and articles. Diana also curates these writings often and distributes them through newsletters, showing us writers that we have been seen and acknowledge. I’ve been a writer for Diana’s publication now for well over a year and I’ve seen it grow from a small intimate publication to a much larger one now, all due to her hard work and engagement with her writers.
Lucy describes her publication in this manner:
A place for all things bite-sized! A collection of poetry and shortform pieces! 🧠🍜 We have daily poetry prompts, weekly shortform prompts and now introducing, monthly essay prompts!
Lucy’s publication is also all about the prompts — although she does allow her writers the freedom to submit works outside prompt perimeters. She also writes poetry, shortform and essays using her own prompts. Like Diana, she curates her writers’ work into newsletters — doing this shows us writers that we are appreciated. Although I’ve just begun writing for Lucy’s publication, I am fascinated with her often unusual prompts and how prolific she is with them.
I plan on doing these Pub Master appreciation articles periodically. If you know of a publication whose owner/editor deserves a spot here, leave me a comment with the publication name, URL and its owner/editor.
If you would like to see interviews of some of these Pub Masters, let me know that in the comments as well.
Many Blessings to you all.
Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community.