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.