Thursday, March 10, 2016

Submit or Else

This week I've submitted ten different articles / stories for publication.  Two have been rejected, one has been tentatively accepted, and the other seven I probably will never hear about again.  I wrote a rough draft for a new article I want to submit but I'll have to see if I have time to get it in before the deadline.

I have at least two more publications I want to submit to before I start looking at other projects.  However, I got an email from a publication which I would like to submit to for crocheting but I believe I would have to make the piece and send it in for this magazine so that may take a bit longer.

It feels good to get my work out there but I'm also prepping myself for the rejections that go with the submission process.  I've done a submission for some greeting cards and a regional poetry contest.  I've also submitted work to two other publications.

There's always the hope that any of these submissions will not only get published but that I might also get paid for it.  Income from publishing is rare and hard to come by but it is a rush of pleasure when I do get paid for my work.

I'd like to figure out the best way to track leads.  I get a bunch of them but I either forget about them until after the deadline or I don't get the piece done in time for the deadline.  It would be nice if I could figure out a way to track a lead, when stuff is due, what I submit, if it gets published and so on.  I've got a works list where I type in all the submissions I do but it doesn't really fit the bill.  I need to find the right tool which will help me be more efficient with getting my stuff out there for publication. I might have to create a One Note notebook to help me with this.  I'll have to think about it.

In the past I've had a paper copy of the articles with a post it on it to track when I submitted it.  This hasn't ever worked well.  I'll have to consider my options.

Midnight has hit.  I should probably head to bed as I have to go back to my day job tomorrow.  The writing bug has got me thinking about what I need to be a more efficient author though.  I guess I could sleep on it and see what my subconscious comes up with.

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