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Week 1 Select the Publisher (Pub Sub)


“Week 1 – Select the Publisher (Pub Sub)” by Joan Y. Edwards

Please join me in Pub Subbing. The commitment is to submit an article, poem, or book manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of each month the next year. May I count you in?

Here are steps to take to help you and me achieve the PubSub3rdFri goal for each month with submitting book manuscripts or articles (could be poems, puzzles, devotions, illustrations)

Books (Short Stories, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adult Novels, Plays)

Week One

  1. Make a list of possible publishers for this particular manuscript.
  2. Read three publishers’ guidelines.
  3. Select the publisher you will use this month for this manuscript.
  4. Fine tune your manuscript – have your writing group or other professional person critique it.

Week Two

5.    Let your manuscript sit a week without looking at it while you do your cover letter, resume, and proposal.

6.  Write your cover letter.

a. Write and include a 25 word or less pitch for your story.

b. Mention one book similar to yours and how yours would hook readers to read it.

c. If you are a member of SCBWI, mention it  in your cover letter.

7.  Write your resume.

a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.

b. List all memberships in professional organizations.

c. Include all of your publishing credits.

  1. If necessary, write your proposal. Look for 3 competitive books, list how your manuscript is better.

Week Three

9.  Reread a hard copy of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

  1. Print out your manuscript again. Read it out loud.
  2. If you see any errors, correct them.

  3. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

  4. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

  5. Print out and save another copy in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

  6. Make sure you give your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.  If email submission, follow their guidelines about attachments or use.

  7. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use address as in publisher’s guidelines.

  8. Put sufficient postage on envelope.

  9. If guidelines ask for a self-addressed stamped envelope. Fix one and enclose it.

Pub Sub 3rd Friday

  1. Put Pub Sub in snail mail or email.

Twitter hashtag #pubsub3rdFri

STEPS TO PUB SUB 3RD FRI

Articles for Magazines

Week One

  1. Make a list of possible publishers for this particular article.
  2. Read the publishers’ guidelines.
  3. Select the publisher you will use this month.
  4. Fine tune your article. Ask your writing group or a writing professional to critique it and proof it for grammatical, punctuation, and typing errors.

Week Two

5.  Let your article sit a week without looking at it while you do your cover letter, and resume.

6.  Write your cover letter.

a. Write a pitch for your article and include it in your cover letter.

b. In your cover letter, mention 1-3 articles in the magazine similar to yours, tell how your article is different and how it would hook the magazines readers.

c.  Mention that you are a member of the SCBWI in your cover letter.

  1. Write your resume.

a.  Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.

b. List all memberships in professional organizations.

c. Include all of your publishing credits.

  1. If necessary, write a proposal. List 3  competitive article and show how yours is better.

Week Three

  1. Reread a hard copy of your article. Make all necessary changes.
  • Print out your article again. Read it out loud.

  • If you see any errors, correct them.

  • Print out the GO FOR IT copy of article, cover letter, resume, and proposal (if necessary).

  • If email submission, follow their guidelines. Usually they do not accept attachments.

  • Snail Mail: Put the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope.

  • a.  Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use address as in publisher’s guidelines.

    b.  Put sufficient postage on envelope.

    c.  If guidelines ask for a self-addressed stamped envelope. Fix one and enclose it.

    1. Save a printed copy of snail mail/email submission in a folder called “Submitted Articles.”

    Pub Sub 3rd Friday

    16. Put Pub Sub in snail mail or email.

    When you submit, whether you submit, early, on-time, or late, print a PUB SUB  CERTIFICATE to tape on your computer. If you are late, print a RAIN CHECK I’LL SUB IN 7 DAYS  to tape on your computer. You get to take it down when you submit. At the end of the year you should have 12 Certificates to show your accomplishments! Publishers will have 12 examples of your great writing.

    My hope and prayer is that each of us will receive a “YES, I’d like to purchase your manuscript from a publisher.”

    THE CERTIFICATES WILL BE AVAILABLE THE THIRD WEEK OF FEBRUARY. Feel free to design your own. Linda Andersen suggested in a comment that you may want to use stickers on an index card to show how many you’ve submitted.

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    I love reading your comments.
    Do something good for yourself.

    Joan Y. Edwards

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    5 Responses

    1. Joan,

      A step-by-step procedure should help keep us on track. Thanks for posting these. I’m considering displaying the steps somewhere in my office.

      Linda A.

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      • Dear Linda, I’m glad you liked the Step-by-Step procedure. I’m honored that you might post it in your office. Thanks for writing. Do something good for yourself today!

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    2. This is such a great article. I look forward to seeing more of your writing.

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      • Thanks for your kind comments. Do something good for yourself today! You deserve it.

        Enjoy Life’s Journey Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.com.wordpress.com

        Joan Y. Edwards joanyedwards@earthlink.net 1. #Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Send a submission to a publisher on the third Friday of each month from February 2010 through January 2011. May I count you in? 2. Buy a copy of Flip Flap Floodle to instill Never Give up Perseverance character trait in your children and grandchildren. 3. Need Inspirational devotions, puzzles, and skits for children at church? Visit http://www.joanyedwards.com

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      • Dear Loyd, Thanks for kind comments about my blog. I appreciate them very much.

        Enjoy Life’s Journey Don’t Give Up – Read my blog – http://www.joanyedwards.com.wordpress.com

        Joan Y. Edwards joanyedwards@earthlink.net 1. #Pub Sub 3rd Fri – Send a submission to a publisher on the third Friday of each month from February 2010 through January 2011. May I count you in? 2. Buy a copy of Flip Flap Floodle to instill Never Give up Perseverance character trait in your children and grandchildren. 3. Need Inspirational devotions, puzzles, and skits for children at church? Visit http://www.joanyedwards.com

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