Thursday, March 15, 2012
Credits in Your Biography
All right, before you say anything, I know I have a short biography on this blog. I hated writing it but did it. And I have written biographies that accompanied my work in a publication. Editors want credits more now, though.
Credits are what REALLY trip me up. I don't like including them. It is not about being too modest or being afraid the places I am published in won't be familiar. It is going back to the cover letter problem in general.
I don't like arrogance and, shoving a bunch of credentials in someone's face, sure seems like it in some form. Besides, how do my other poems have basis on my new work? They don't. One poem I wrote may be awful, my next one may not be.
Also, there is bias forming there. An editor may not want to even GLANCE at my poems unless I list publications he/she knows. How is that fair? Am I worth reading because I am published while, someone BETTER than me, isn't? I am not saying every editor uses it this way but some have admitted to doing so and worse.
What do YOU guys think? Am I just behind the times or being too "artist blind"? I still add them to my biography if asked but...