Office Hours – February, 2017

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Friends of It Must Be Heartbreaking,

Myke and I haven’t been shy about sharing our goals for IMBH. Atop the list for 2017 is the launch of an annual print anthology. As you can imagine, the production of this project is a bit more complicated than assembling entries, formatting selected works and sending data to a printer. We want to give any contributors to this project the best experience possible. This includes a streamlined submission and jurying process but, most importantly, it also means no submission fees to cover production costs. We want to be in the business of paying our contributors, especially for print work.

While we realize the power and potential of a well-executed crowdfunding campaign, we’re also aware that our social media presence isn’t quite where it could be for such an initiative.

That’s where you come in.

No, we’re not asking for money (well, not yet). Instead, we’re asking that you invite your friends and family to follow our IMBH social accounts. Even if they’re not into the type of work we’re publishing, we believe that everyone has a bit of artistry in them and can still appreciate our collective creations.

Above everything else – print anthologies, live events, and building a community of writers and artists – we want IMBH to be a place for people to interact with fresh, new content. Essays, guest blogs, opinion pieces and reviews are all welcome. These are the things that are particularly important for many of us right now, and IMBH wants to help provide that service.

Your assistance in helping IMBH build a larger social audience is a crucial step in accomplishing these goals.

In the meantime, we’re thrilled to continue bringing everyone exciting work through our online channels. In that spirit, Myke and I are considering a digital anthology based on the theme of “Home.” The idea of how one’s home can spur creativity is fascinating to us. Short fiction, poetry, photography and personal essays inspired by your hometown, its residents or even your childhood home are all fair game.

A digital-only anthology may not appeal to everyone, so we’d like to get feedback from anyone willing to weigh in:

 

We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, and for inviting your friends to check us out. And, of course, thank you for reading and contributing to It Must Be Heartbreaking.

Take care,

Anthony
The Big Cheese, It Must Be Heartbreaking

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