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Is Your Manuscript Ready to Bloom with an April Submission? (PubSub3rdFri)

Dear Pub Subbers,

Is your manuscript ready to bloom with an April submission? 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 or agent a month. You can submit on any day of the month. Focus your attention on the third Friday as a way to work in steps to get everything in quality condition for submission.

Put a little Spring into your step. It’s April. It’s a chance for a new beginning. It’s a time to look at your publication progress in a new light.  Expect blessings. Be thankful for everything you’ve done. Be thankful for everything you have. Be thankful for all that you’ve learned. Love yourself. Accept yourself as you are, even those freckles on your nose. With all this in mind, get your manuscript or other creative work ready to blossom forth on April 15, 2011. You also want your tax returns to blossom on or before that date. You can submit your Pub Sub any time during April. I just give you a date to aim for.  If you need to take a rest from Pub Subbing to concentrate on your taxes this month, that’s okay, too. You may find if you relax, stay calm,  and take positive action, you can get them both done.

Thank you to all who have let comments letting me know about your submissions, rejections, and “YES” responses.

Think about how awesome it is that you and others are brave enough to  submit your manuscript:

It takes courage and perseverance to stick with the writing to get a finished product.
You look at your work and revise it.
You let your online critique group read your work and give you their opinion of your writing.
You look at your work and revise it.
You leave it in your drawer for two weeks or more.
You look at your work and revise it.
You take it with you to a face to face critique group.

These steps may take place several times and sometimes years before you say to yourself: “This is the very best I can do with this manuscript with what I know and where I am in my writing career. This is a great story. This is my best effort. I’m ready to submit it.”

At this point, you are ready for Week One of PubSub3rdFri. Go to the appropriate links below for more help and resources.

Week One

Week Two

Week Three Pub Sub Friday

I truly want each of us to get published. In inspiring you, I find encouragement for myself. See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts for more information: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/category/writing/pub-sub-3rd-fri.

I am honored by your presence here at my blog. Feel free to share a link to my blog with others. It makes me smile. My number of readers has grown. During March 2010 I had 164 visitors. During March 2011, I had 1181 visitors.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Never Give Up!
Joan Y. Edwards


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1. Win a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer by being the 50th person to sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block at the top of the left hand column. When you click on the email subscription link, if you have a wordpress blog, it lists your blog. If not, it lists your email address.   I have 37 people signed up now as of today.

2. For a chance to win a FREE CRITIQUE by me,  submit a manuscript before midnight April 30, 2011 for a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult novel, adult novel, play, movie, song, puzzle, article, illustration, query, proposal to a publisher, editor, agent, or contest and leave a comment below with the following information:

Title of Project
Name of Contest, Publisher, Editor, Agent
Date you submitted
Email or Snail Mail
Your Name
Link to Your Personal Website or Blog

Your name and your personal blog/website will be listed on a Pub Subbers page on my blog. If you don’t have a blog or website, I’ll list your name by itself.  The winner will be announced on May 1, 2011 at 12:00 noon EST.


14 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,

    Let’s do it! I have two submissions I’m definitely sending out this month. I hope others will tell you of their plans too.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for telling me your plans to submit. Go, Linda, go. I see you revving up your submission engine, Do something good for you today. Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com


  2. You’re a great cheerleader and reminder that we must take care of our own business if we ever want to get what we’re aiming for-publication!!!


    • Dear Mona,
      You’re welcome. Thanks for writing. Encouraging you, encourages me, too. Good luck with getting your work published. What goes around, comes around, so to speak.
      Do something good for you today.

      Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Hi, Joan
    Your words are so true. The longer we work on a piece, the more evident the need for changes 🙂 It does take guts to work on it for months (substitute any germane time interval here) and then lay it on the table for your critique pals to dissect.

    And dissect it they will! Usually the week or two between meetings gives us time to forgive them for their cutting and deadly accurate barbs, so that we can actually behave like adults and revise the thing. LOL After surviving a few rounds of criticism and revision, we get to the stage where we can’t wait for the group to see it.

    Then comes the day when most of the readers ( there is usually one holdout) think it ready to submit. So, it’s time to do it. Don’t be chicken, MAIL THE THING.

    The very worst that can happen is a rejection letter. Rejoice! That is your initiation into the world of writing, and you are ready for your next conquest (insert publisher names here).

    Listen to Joan. She is wise, and well able to help you “get there.” 🙂
    Annette Sheldon


    • Dear Annette, Thanks for leaving your comments. I am bowing humbly. I love your phrase MAIL THE THING. So cool. After all is said and done. You can write and write and write, but if you don’t submit it, it will never be published by a traditional publisher. Sending them out is a statement that says, “I believe this is good writing, take a look.” I wish you good luck with your writing. Do something good for you.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator


  4. […] Is Your Manuscript Ready to Bloom with an April Submission? (PubSub3rdFri) (joanyedwards.wordpress.com) […]


  5. […] Is Your Manuscript Ready to Bloom with an April Submission? (PubSub3rdFri) (joanyedwards.wordpress.com) […]


  6. Hi Joan,

    I wanted to post that I submitted “Little Sergeant Willie” (title subject to change) to AppleSeeds magazine by email on April 5, 2011. A query that was sent earlier was accepted and an article was assigned. It may require revision, but it is submitted. I am excited about this one.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for letting me know that you submitted an article to AppleSeeds on April 5, 2011. I’m proud that you got this assignment, that you researched. wrote, sent to critique group, revised, sent to critique group again, and sent it in as assignment finished, but knowing it might need further tweaking from the editor. Do something good for you today to celebrate. I’ve put your name in the hat to draw out a winner of a free critique for April.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com


  7. Copied from comments to blogpost: Components of a Good Query Letter from Mary Jo Nickum:
    Thanks for the helpful information!
    Title of Project: What’s an Ocelo Got?
    Name of Contest, Publisher, Editor, Agent: Stories for Children Magazine
    Date you submitted: April 5, 2011
    Email or Snail Mail: mjnickum@cox.net
    Your Name: Mary Jo Nickum
    Link to Your Personal Website or Blog: http://www.marynickum.com


    • Dear Mary Jo,
      Your name is entered into a random drawing for a free critique of a manuscript. Winners will be announced before noon on May 1, 2011.
      Do something to celebrate being you today!
      Joan Y. Edwards


  8. […] Is Your Manuscript Ready to Bloom with an April Submission? (PubSub3rdFri) (joanyedwards.wordpress.com) […]


  9. There were two people who left comments that they had submitted a manuscript to a publisher, agent, or contest. Linda Andersen and Mary Jo Nickum. I decided to grant both of these people a free critique of a 1500 word manuscript.

    Congratulations, Linda and Mary Jo. Please send your manuscript to me at joanyedwards@earthlink.net. Ask me up to 10 questions about your manuscript. Send it in .doc format.

    Do something good for yourself!


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