Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Websites, Social Media, and Flyers! Oh My!

Starving Pen is officially up and running, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us! We've got an awesome start to our writing community, but there's definitely room for growth. Here are some things we're working on, to create a better experience for you!

The Website
We're up and launched, but we're not perfect. Neither Danny nor I have much real website design experience, so it's been tough and a little slow going figuring it all out, but we're getting there! We're working on cleaning up the layout and design of the site, so it's prettier and more user friendly. Don't be surprised if you go to the website one day and it looks a little different than it did the day before. You're not crazy, we're just trying to create the best online writing experience we can.

We're also discussing the possibility of changing the time frame between editions. Right now both weekly updates and updating as pieces come in are on the table. This all depends on how many submissions we get on a regular basis, of course, and we won't be able to accurately judge that for another few months. Keep your eyes open for updates! We'll be sure to let you know when we decide!

Have suggestions for the website? Let us know!

Social Media
We have both a Facebook and Twitter account that are updated at least semi-regularly. I try to update at least once a day. We want to be better about promoting ourselves, our authors, and suggesting all sorts of resources for you. If we have any major announcements, they'll hit the social media sites first, so be sure to keep an eye out! Also, invite your friends to 'like' or follow us! Spread the word about Starving Pen! We want as much feedback as possible, so we can become one of the best online literary magazines and writing resources out there.

Really, this only applies to you if you're a student of UNI (for now!). Danny and I are currently working on drafts for different flyers to hang around campus. We'll update to let you know when and where they are. Let us know what you think! And just because I'm super nice, here's a sneak peak at the black and white version printed version. Remember, this is only a first draft.

 Like what you see? Have suggestions? Let us know!

That's all I have, for now. As always, we'll keep you updated on the latest Starving Pen news. Until next time!

-Courtney S.
Starving Pen Co-Founder 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

We're Live! 

We can't believe it's really happened. Starving Pen Magazine has officially launched! I wanted to take the time to give an extra special thank you to everyone who submitted for our first edition. This wouldn't have been possible without you. We look forward to reading more of your work! And for those who haven't submitted yet, we look forward to reading your work too!!

Danny and I have put a lot of ourselves into this site, and we're so happy that people like the idea. We really want to turn Starving Pen into a resource for aspiring writers. I guess we're both still in shock that it's really happening. We put in a lot of hours to make this site, and it looks like everything is finally coming together. It's really a beautiful thing. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean the site is perfect. Not by any means. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about the site. What do you like? What don't you like? Do you have suggestions for how we can make it better? We want to hear from you!

Don't forget! Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook! We'll keep you updated on all the happenings! The next deadline is October 22! We'll update the content on November 1! We look forward to reading our new submissions!