Ronald A. Busse

Writing ~ Editing ~ Marketing-to-Publishers

Helpful writing tips tucked inside updates of my current projects...

October 10, 2018

  • Due to health issues, it has been a while between posts. But I'm glad to be able to say that despite having Graves' disease and knee surgery, I have been able to keep in business without interruption. Thank you to my new and returning clients for making this possible. 
  • In my post prior to this, I mistakenly mentioned having had seven poems published, neglecting to include a dozen or so that were published in the late-90s (how quickly I forget!). Plus, illness or not, I have continued to write new poems, a few of which have been or are being published. So for those besides myself keeping track, the correct number of poems I have had published to date is 22, some of which are posted in my Poetry Portfolio

August 15, 2017

  • Today's snippet is a reminder that persistence pays off and often leads to success. This is true in writing as well as in many walks of life. Because of persistence, I have had seven poems published. Don't stop marketing your work just because it keeps getting rejected. Persist and persist some more until something good comes out of it. It almost surely will, and if it doesn't, you'll still have the satisfaction of knowing you gave it your all!

August 12, 2016

  • The story behind my poem "Christmas" and my niece, Kimberly Busse's poem "Christmas Time," both of which were published in Issue 57 (2016) of The Poet's Art, along with this story:

In 1975, I was eight years old when my third grade teacher assigned me to write a Christmas poem. It was done in the shape of a Christmas tree on yellow construction paper, written in crayon, and decorated with festive stickers. My mom framed it and hung it up every Christmas thereafter. Fast-forward to 2009, when my niece and Goddaughter, Kimberly - also eight years old and also in third grade - wrote a Christmas poem of her own, not knowing I had written one at the same age.

April 11, 2016

  • The new year has found my brain hard at work writing poems for my upcoming chapbook. One of those, an untitled sevenling, is being published in Star*Line, a sci-fi poetry magazine, and is scheduled for release this month.

August 1, 2015

  • That dreaded bug known as writer's block bit me, as it does all writers from time to time. So one day, while sitting on a bench in the park, I decided to just write about anything that came to mind. In front of me was a field with a lot of dandelions in it, so that's what I wrote about. And it cured my writer's block! Here's the poem that came out of that experience: "Beautiful Weed"

March 25, 2015

  • "Warning from coral reefs to human beings:" keeps in line with the 'end of the world' theme I've been concentrating on lately. It's a true Fibonacci form poem that follows this syllabic line sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13.

March 11, 2015

  • Check out my latest poem, "Polar Bears Can't Swim Forever," written in a variation of the Fibonacci form. That means the poem follows a specific mathematical sequence using the numbers in the sequence as syllables in each line. It's a tricky form because it limits word usage, so each word must be chosen carefully and carry its own weight.

February 8, 2015

  • I took a stab at writing a form of poetry called the blitz. It's a fun, challenging, 50-line poem whose three-word title can be surprising. Check out "Truth Once Programmed" and try writing a blitz poem of your own!

January 10, 2015

  • "Sentimental," the last component of a trilogy of anagrammatic poetry I began writing last September, is complete. It is actually the first part, followed by "Forest" and "Stream." (I unintentionally wrote them in reverse order). Eager to get the poems out to publishers, I started marketing the trio together as soon as the last period was typed!

December 18, 2014

  • The second poem of my anagrammatic trilogy, "Forest," is written and posted in my Poetry Portfolio. Unintentionally, the first part, "Stream," has become the last part of the trilogy. The final piece, "Sentimental," once finished will be the first part. Sometimes in writing that's just the way it goes; you never know what direction your work will take you.

November 20, 2014

  • Feeling that my brain needed a break from the challenging ache of anagrammatic poetry, I wrote "All These 3s!," a new children's poem, now on display in my Poetry Portfolio. When writing for kids, always keep in mind the three elements of children's poetry: Brevity, Rhyme, and Humor or Surprise.

November 13, 2014

  • After experimenting with anagrammatic poetry, I've decided to expand "Stream" into a trilogy of poems. I'm working on the other two simultaneously. I'm also working on a couple new ideas for children's poems. Other than that, I've been busy marketing my work, past and present.The goal, as always, is publication.

September 29, 2014

  • "Stream," an anagrammatic poem, is finished and posted in my Poetry Portfolio. I added a challenging twist to this poetic form by using a title word that is also an anagram, and including that word in the poem.

September 15, 2014

  • I've created one more children's puzzle, "Musical Staff-o-Grams," which involves musical words and anagrams written on staff lines.
  • Switching gears from children's puzzles and poems, I'm exploring a poetic form called anagrammatic poetry, which uses only the letters used in the title. Half the challenge is finding a word with at least a couple vowels and a good mix of consonants. The other half is brainstorming all the words you can think of using only those letters (as many times as you wish, of course). And the third half (?) is making those words fit into a meaningful poem. A challenge? For sure. A fun challenge? You bet!

August 18, 2014

  • My latest project, another puzzle, is "Musical Instrument Scramble," which teaches kids about musical instruments and anagrams. The puzzle has three related parts including a Challenge and a Bonus. The market for a piece like this is small, in that there aren't many magazines out there that publish children's puzzles. But I enjoy creating them and hope others will enjoy them as well.

August 1, 2014

  • Today's entry is a departure from the norm. I snapped some pictures on a recent hiking tour in the Rockies, a few of which have been published alongside an article in the Rocky Mountain Regional Rugby Report. Thanks to my neighbor Bernie Decker, the e-zine's editor, who wrote the article and gave me this unexpected first photography credit.

July 22, 2014

  • I've finished writing, editing, and marketing "Anna Gramm's MiXeD-uP Fruit Salad," a poem that doubles as a puzzle, challenging readers to find the 28 anagrams within the poem. The poem/puzzle and its solution can be found in my Poetry Portfolio.

June 26, 2014

  • The last month has found me working on two new children's projects. One is in the brainstorming stage, while the other, a story with a puzzle attached (that began as a poem), is undergoing the never-done, nit-picky editing process necessary to perfect one's work. Once finished, I'll send it out to market while working on the other - which brings to mind a tip that I practice:
  • If you have multiple submissions targeted to the same publisher, limit your submissions to one piece per week. It not only pleases editors, but it gives the thousands of other writers striving for the same goal as you a fair shot.

May 21, 2014

  • I received my first publishing credit in children's literature for my poem, "W." It will appear this October in a small magazine called The Poet's Art. While rejections are part of a writer's life, perseverance does pay off; so submit your project to as many markets as possible.

April 29, 2014

  • I'm working on a new short story for my class with Long Ridge Writers Group. Always remember to adhere to word counts and deadlines. They can be a determining factor in whether your story gets published or tossed in the rejection bucket.

April 4, 2014

  • Reading sample issues of a few children's magazines has sparked my creativity enough to invent two puzzles; made to (hopefully) fit the magazines' needs. "W" has also been submitted for consideration.

March 4, 2014

  • Having always been obsessed with statistics, I'm finally putting that obsession to use by compiling unique song lists for Billboard. Both the magazine and are always interested in different "Top" lists to fascinate stat-obsessed readers like me.

February 24, 2014

  • While doing a publisher search for my poem "W," I found five new markets for my picture story, "Puppy's First Trip To The Beach." It made the search all the more gratifying and worthwhile.
  • I'm researching material for new children's poems using different word themes as I did in "W" - or possibly they'll become word games. Part of the fun in creating is not knowing just what you're going to end up with.

February 17, 2014

October 1, 2013

  • I've submitted my short story "Presents" to Glimmer Train, a literary journal that is receptive to new fiction writers and accepts unsolicited manuscripts through monthly themed reading periods.

September 11, 2013

  • "Puppy's First Trip To The Beach" (retitled again) and a cover letter have been submitted to five publishers.

September 5, 2013

  • I've finished revising and self-editing "Puppy Finds The Beach." After writing the cover letter, I'll send my manuscript to a list of publishers which I've researched and selected. Following each publishers' specific guidelines is as vital to possible acceptance as the story itself - maybe even more.

August 24, 2013

  • "Puppy Goes To The Beach" has been retitled "Puppy Finds The Beach." Revisions continue.

August 9, 2013

  • My first children's book, "Puppy Goes To The Beach," is in its final revising and self-editing stages. "Puppy" is a picture book, so my writing needs to leave enough creative space for an illustrator to expand on and develop images and scenery based on my words.
  • I'm brainstorming new short story ideas for my next Long Ridge Writers Group assignment. I've been reading (and studying) short stories by Stephen King, itching to take a stab at writing a horror/suspense story.