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Help Celebrate PubSub3rdFri’s First Birthday – Submit on Friday, February 18, 2011

PubSub3rdFri Participant

Dear Pub Subbers,

Happy Birthday, PubSub3rdFri! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Pub Sub, Happy Birthday to you.
The first official Pub Sub day was February 15, 2010. We’re going to have a great celebration on Friday, February 18, 2011.  As a Valentine’s Day present to yourself, I would like for you to join me in submitting a query, manuscript, or proposal on that day (or any day during February).  You can count it as a submission if you enter a writing contest or an illustrator contest. If you submit your work during February, read the directions at the end of this blog post to have a chance to receive a FREE CRITIQUE by me.

I hope you’ll join us in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year. Of course, you can submit your work to more than one publisher a month. Yes, indeed, you can submit to more than one agent a month. Honoring your dreams by submitting a manuscript this month is only to get you started. I hope that once you get started, you’ll be submitting as a habit. I hope that your belief in yourself will grow and branch out to all aspects of your life and will indeed help you reach your goal of getting published. I know for sure that publishers do not come searching the drawers where your manuscripts are hidden in your home. You have to let them know about your writing treasures. Take action. Submit to publishers and/or agents.

It is very important in life to take time to do what is important to you.  By honoring yourself by working on your writing, you are being a good example to your family that each person should take time to do what is vitally important to them.  Be creative. You can do it. You can find 15 minutes for you each day.  There are different parts to writing:  1. Experience life and watch people. 2. Read. 3. Write down ideas that intrigue you. 4. Write about the ideas that won’t let you go…the what ifs. Drop the excuses. It’s just as easy to say the words, “I have the time,” as it is to say, “I don’t have the time.” One empowers you and the other stops you in your tracks. So you don’t do it every month, but you do it more than you ever have in the past. Hurray for you! Celebrate! Even if it’s with a cup of coffee. Celebrate your submissions. Celebrate you…there’s only one of you.

Here are steps for each week to get you ready to submit your work to a publisher or agent: say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I have the power to do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Besides a manuscript or article, below are the resources you need to accomplish your Pub Sub 3rd Fri goal:

Steps for Week One Smile, Giggle, Laugh . See the humor.
1. Read this book or a similar one, or search online publisher/agent websites for current guidelines.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman

2 Choose three publishers/agents to submit a manuscript/query letter/illustration.

a. Read the guidelines of all three publishers/agents.

b. Select the publisher/agent to use this month.

c. Print out a copy of the publisher’s guidelines and save it in your submissions folder.

3. Fine tune your manuscript.

a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.

b. Look for four errors in your manuscript. Read my blog for common errors you might miss unless you search for them:

c. If you’ve been to a writing conference, revise three places in your manuscript using a skill or technique taught that you think will improve it.

d. Here are fourteen books that may help you with your writing skills. They are listed in alphabetical order according to author’s first name. If you click on the title, it’ll take you to Check out the book from your local library for free or buy it at a book store (local or online). I’ve read all of these books. They each contain excellent advice and tips for beginning and improving your story. Little by little the information and skills soak into your mind. Your skills and knowledge improve. You’ll be able to tell when you’re critiquing someone’s work or reading your favorite book. You’ll say to yourself, “AHA. That’s how to do it.” Your writing gets better. Your critiquing improves. You move one step closer to publication. Even published writers continue to learn more about the craft of writing by reading.

1. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis

2. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction

3. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel

4. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

5. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel

6. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II

7. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

8. James N. Frey The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth

9. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact

10. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories

11. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages

12. Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene

13. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch

14. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Week Two Steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri Smile, Giggle, Laugh .

1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.

2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter, then write your query letter.

3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor. Refer to my blog for more information about writing your pitch:

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On (date 3 months from your submission) I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. 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.

5. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three Smile, Giggle, Laugh:

1. Read out loud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.

3. If you see errors, correct them.

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

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

6. Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

7. Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope.

9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

10. Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

11. Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

Pub Sub 3rd Friday Laugh, Smile, Laugh
12. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

13. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

Each time you submit, you will get better and better. In case you’re not ready on the third Friday of this month, go to my website and print out a rain check:

See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts for more information:

To those of you who are reading this. Thank you. I am honored. Good luck in publishing your work.  For more encouragement to submit your work, read Linda Andersen Is Proof That PubSub3rdFri Works. Let me know if Pub Sub 3rd Fri helps you get published. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share a link to my blog with others.

Never Give Up!
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards.



22 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday PubSub3rdFri! Let’s all send out a submission to celebrate. I couldn’t wait until the 15th. I’ve already got the party rolling.

    Joan, what a clever idea to give a FREE critique. I hope lots of people enter to win. Do contest entries count? I sent to two already.

    Thanks for the interview earlier! You made me look good!

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for writing. I’m proud that you’ve already submitted something. What did you submit? Did you send it to a publisher, book doctor editor, or an agent? I’m glad you thought the idea of a FREE CRITIQUE was a good idea. It’s very cost effective. I got it from the things that Tara Lazar,, the PiBOIdMO (One picture book idea a day for a whole month) person who also inspired PubSub3rdFri. You said you won a free critique in an auction from her. All of us learn from witnessing what others do.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle Flip at Amazon Never Give Up Blog Elder Care Guide


  2. Hi Joan,

    My two earlier contest entries are to SCBWI-Writer’s Contest where editors judge and The Principal’s Award where Charlesbridge publishing judges. I count them as submissions on my calendar, but I want to follow the rules. I also sent a magazine submission today to Pockets.

    Since I won during your last contest, I’ll pass on being entered in this drawing although I know you wouldn’t eliminate me for that reason. I’ll submitting as a gift to myself. I did have the winning bid on a critique earlier too. Of course I paid for mine. This is a real deal to your readers. I’m glad my experience gave you a good idea. Tara Lazar is full of good ideas.

    Linda A.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, I think submitting for a contest is a submission that usually they say could end in publication or representation. That’s cool. Hurray for you entering two contests and submitting a submission to Pocket’s magazine. I’ll add that entering writing contest or illustrator contests will count, too. I didn’t mean to leave them out. I won’t discount you for winning. Even Steven chances for everyone. will help me choose the winner. Thanks for letting us know what you submitted and where. Good luck.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle Flip at Amazon Never Give Up Blog Elder Care Guide


  3. Happy Birthday to PubSub, Happy Birthday dear PubSub…congrats Joan on a full year of encouraging others to kiss their babies and send them out the door into the world for other to read! You go girl!


    • Dear Roxie, Thanks for singing Happy Birthday. You have a great voice. I appreciate it. I hope you submit something this month…even a flash story counts! You do a good bit of encouraging others, too. You are a blessing! Do something good for yourself.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle Flip at Amazon Never Give Up Blog Elder Care Guide


  4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PUB SUB! 🙂 This is a great idea and I’m so glad many folks have found success in using your method. YAY JOAN!


    • Dear Donna, It’s good to see you here. Glad you stopped by. Thanks for your Happy Birthday Serenade. I’m glad you liked the PubSub3rdFri idea. I wish you much success in the publication of your writing. I’m proud that one of your poem’s was published in the SCBWI Bulletin. Congratulations to you!

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Never Give Up Blog Elder Care Guide


  5. Thank you, ma’am! I appreciate your encouragement!


    • Dear Donna,
      I’m glad I encouraged you. Send your poem or story off before February 28th. It’ll give you a great feeling of accomplishment and belief in you and your writing. Come on. You can do it.

      Joan Y. Edwards


  6. Hi there Joan,
    I sub-pubbed today for a military book that is coming out. It is called Fighting Fear: Winning the Battle at Home. It will be a collection of stories. Mine is about my son’s AF experience and how I coped with his 2 deployments.
    Thanks for the encouragement Joan and keeping us going.


    • Dear Megan,
      First of all, may I say Thank You to your son for protecting us. Thank you for the heartaches you went through before, during, and after the deployments of your son in the Air Force. I am very proud that you sent a submission for your story about your son’s AF experience and how you coped with his 2 deployments. I am very proud of you!!!!!!!!!!! Hurray for Megan who pub-subbed during February. You now have a chance to win a free critique from me. Be proud of yourself. Put a star or heart sticker on your calendar! Thanks for letting me know!
      Joan Y. Edwards


  7. Joan, I am submitting my story “Oliver Rides the Bus” to Highlights Magazine via mail today. This is my first attempt at submitting a story to a print magazine. I am excited to get to this point.


    • Dear Steve,
      Thanks for writing. I am proud that you submitted your story “Oliver Rides the Bus” to Highlights Magazine. By letting me know on this post, you now have a chance to win a free critique from me. Draw a symbol on the calendar to show this was the day you sent it. Good luck with your writing. Do something good for yourself today.

      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  8. Dear Joan, This sub-pub idea is a winner. Do you mind if I let my old chapter–MD/DE/WV–know about it? We all need encouragement, even those of us who thrive on challenges and rejections. On Friday, I submitted 6 pages of my non-fiction middle grade cookbook to the SCBWI-Carolinas writing contest . My book, FOOD YOU CAN PLAY WITH, is a step-by-step cookbook for making yeast breads. Next week, I’m planning to querythe Herman Agency with my middle grade novel EMILY’S RIDE TO COURAGE. Cheers and happy Carolina Blue skies to you. Sarah.


    • Dear Sarah,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad you like the Pub-Sub idea. I would be honored if you spread the word and send a link to my PubSub3rdFri post to anyone you like. I want all of us to get published. If we don’t send our work to publishers, agents, and editors, how will they know about our work. I am proud that you submitted a middle grade cookbook, FOOD YOU CAN PLAY WITH FOR THE SCBWI-Carolinas writing contest. Congratulations! Keep on submitting your work. You now have a chance to win a free critique from me. Do something good for yourself today.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


      • Hi Joan, I did do something good for myself today. I sat in my wonderfully sunny Carolina room, sipped a cup of tea and read. ‘Twas delightful. Cheers, Sarah.


  9. Linda,
    Thanks for taking the time to assist others in becoming better writers and for encouraging the discouraged to continue to try. Your site has also given me lots of resources and ideas for my next writing project.
    I am new to manuscript writing but I entered the SCBWI-Carolinas writing competition with a picture book manuscript.
    Peace and blessings,


    • Dear Qamar,
      Thanks for writing. I’m glad I helped you become a better writer and that you believe I have encouraged the discouraged to continue to try. I have entered you into the contest for a free critique for entering the SCBWI writing competition. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, March 1, 2011 at 12:00 noon. I am very proud of you. It takes a lot of courage to enter a contest.
      Do something good for you today.
      Joan Y. Edwards


  10. The Winner of the FREE Critique for a Pub Subbing in February is Steve Mathison. Congratulations, Steve. Please send me your whole picture book, a magazine article, or 5 pages of a different kind of different kind of manuscript to with Winner Free Critique February in the subject. Please attach your manuscript as a Microsoft Word Document. Please give me ten questions for me to answer about your manuscript.

    There were five people who told me they submitted a manuscript during February in a comment to the February PubSub3rdFri blog post. Steve was the third person. chose number three out of the five people who qualified.

    Those who didn’t win the free critique are still winners because you believed in yourself and submitted your work!

    If you submit during March, comment on the March PubSub3rdFri post and try again to win a free critique from me.

    Do something good for you today!
    Joan Y. Edwards


  11. Linda, Megan, Steve, Sarah, and Qamar: if any of you Pub Subbers who left a comment telling about your submission during February wish to be put on my Pub Subbers 2011 page, let me know the name and website/blog you’d like listed.

    Do something good for you today!
    Joan Y. Edwards


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