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Become a Pub Subber (PubSub3rdFri October)

PubSub3rdFri Participant

“Become a Pub Subber (PubSub3rdFri October)” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I’d like to invite you to become a Pub Subber. I’d like to see if you would join me and other writers and illustrators in PubSub3rdFri (Publisher Submission on the Third Friday of the Month).

In 2009, I’d heard of Chris Baty’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo(Picture Book Idea Month) in November each year. I thought why not have something for submitting work. Dun da Dunn! PubSub3rFri was born.

To become a Pub Subber, focus at least one year on submitting one or more of your quality creative works to a critique group or professional editor, book or magazine publisher, editor, agent, or contest on the third Friday of each month.

If there are twelve of your works out there in the submission world, you’ll have a better chance of getting work published. Each time you submit your work, you increase your chances for getting published. If you submit one month out of the year, you have an 8% chance of being published. If you submit 6 months, you have increased your chances 50% for that year. If you submit all 12 months, you improve your chances 100%.

You want it to be as natural for you to submit to a publisher as it is to submit your work to a critique group. A friend reminded me that I shouldn’t submit something if it’s not ready. That’s true. You don’t want to send work that has not been proofed, revised, and proofed again. However, you may have stories that have been revised and critiqued more than twenty times. Yet, you haven’t submitted them anywhere. With PubSub3rdFri, I hope to encourage you to submit your manuscripts.

Each time you submit, print out a PubSub certificate. If you don’t have one ready to send off on the Third Friday, give yourself a rain check and submit it soon. You can download certificates and rain checks from my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm.

The Old Way: Send quality manuscript out, wait for the answer, receive the answer, submit again.

Pub Sub Way: Send one (or more) manuscripts out on the third Friday of each month to one (or more) publishers, editors, or agents.

  • Submit your quality work (article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie)to publisher, editor, agent, or contest on the third Friday of the month. You can submit on any day of the month and as many times as you like.
  • Submit your manuscript today. It automatically increases your chance of getting it published from 0-100% from not submitting it.
  • Get your work critiqued by a critique group or professional writer or editor of your genre before you submit it to an editor or agent. Getting your work in quality condition is part of the Pub Sub 3rd Fri philosophy. Quality does not mean perfect. When you submit it, you’re saying:  “This is the best I can do with the knowledge and skills that I have at the present time. This truly is my best effort.” When editors and agents see quality work, they are willing to work with you to get it ready for publication.
  • To be published, you must take action. Accept yourself as you are. Accept the editors and agents as they are. Go for it. Send a query or manuscript now! This is the only way that an agent or editor will be able to discover how great your story is.
  • Once you get started, you’ll be submitting as a habit. Your belief in yourself will grow. It says to your inner self that you believe in your story. That you have faith in it. Faith in your story takes it to publication. 
  • Celebrate each time you submit. Celebrate each time you revise. Celebrate each time you write, draw, sing, create. Celebrate yourself every day!

Besides the certificates and the rainchecks, I also have a Pub Subbers Page to advertise your belief in Pub Subbing, your creative works, and you.

Here is a copy of what is on the Pub Subbers Page on my blog (in alphabetical order according to first names).

Names and personal blogs/websites of people who believe in the Pub Sub 3rd Fri philosophy and as a result, they submit their quality work more frequently to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests.

As a result of their more frequent submissions, many members of PubSub3rdFri have been published in newspaper articles, magazine articles, won contests, and/or received a book contract(s). When members let me know their successes, I list them beside their names.

Pub Subbers During 2010

Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com
Joel Shulkin
Laura Boffa
Linda Andersen
MaryAm Tabibzadeh

Pub Subbers Who Submitted During 2011

Ann Eisenstein http://www.anneisenstein.com, screenplay/movie contract
Cher Green www.chergreen.com
Dianna Gunn http://diannaswritingden.wordpress.com
Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com magazine articles, book contract
Joel Shulkin won writing contest prize
Kavitha Thomas
Linda Andersen 2 magazine articles, contract for year of teacher’s guides, contract for teacher’s guides for books
Margaret Fieland http://www.margaretfieland.com/, 2 book contracts
Maryam Tabibzadeh
Mary Jo Nickum http://www.marynickum.com
Megan Vance
Sarah Maury Swan
Steve Mathison

May I count you as a Pub Subber?  If so, let me know.

If you believe in the Pub Sub 3rd Fri philosophy above and have submitted your work to a critique group, editor, agent, or contest during 2011, and would like to have your name listed on the Pub Subbers Page, leave a comment on the Pub Subbers Page: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/pub-subbers/. Say “Count me in for Pub Sub 3rd Fri.” Tell me the name of the manuscript, where you sent it and when, along with your name and website/blog. Be sure and write me if you got published as a result of being a Pub Subber.

PubSub3rdFri Posts
List of all PubSub3rdFri blog posts: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/category/writing/pub-sub-3rd-fri/.

The following links tell you what to do the first three weeks of the month to get ready to submit your manuscript on the third Friday.

Week One
Week Two
Week Three

After you submit, Week Four

Even with complications and obstacles, the vision of success in your mind, the excitement of getting it, your thankfulness, and your action toward it will create the reality for you.

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Celebrate You Right Now
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards


4 Responses

  1. Joan,

    Do your readers know that you’re presenting at the Muse Conference? Please spread the word.

    Linda A.


  2. Dear Linda,
    I told them on my Muse Conference blog. You’re right, I should put info about it in this blog post. I’ll do that. However, it’s too late to register for the Muse Conference. But I could remind those who are registered to check me out there. Thanks a bunch.
    Do something to celebrate your fun self!
    Joan Y. Edwards


  3. Hiya Joan … just droping by to ‘Hi’ 🙂

    Truly enjoyed your workshop at MuseCon … I’ll try and get the evaluation to you the beginning of the week … my brain has s’ploded and is running on adrenaline and tea at the moment.

    Take care

    P.S. I’ve subscribed to your blog. I look forward to reading back posts too.


    • Dear Widder,
      I’m very glad that you enjoyed my Correct, Trim, and Enhance Your Manuscript workshop. You made it so much fun by sharing your ideas and your stories with me and the others. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. That’s good news. Thanks for doing an evaluation for me. Do something fun for you. There comes a point when the brain says, “I’ve taken in as much as I can right now. Give me time to let it soak in.” Relax a while. I look forward to hearing from you.



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