“What Entices You to Submit Your Writing” by Linda Andersen (Guest Blogger-PubSub3rdFri)
Linda Andersen: Joan, thank you for inviting me to be a guest blogger on PubSub3rdFri.
Joan Y. Edwards: You’re welcome. I am very honored that you’re willing to share your ideas about PubSubbing with us.
Linda Andersen: Today’s topic is: WHAT ENTICES YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR WRITING?
What if you read an advertisement for PubSub3rdFri that guaranteed publication, would you give it a try? What if the program assured increased likelihood of publication, would you participate? Why not check out PubSub3rdFri and determine your own satisfaction rating? I think you’ll be glad you did.
When Joan Edwards, originator of PubSub3rdFri, modified the program guidelines to include submissions to critique groups, I knew my monthly goal was obtainable. Sometimes, a writing sample needs to be critiqued and revised more than once before it is ready to send to a publisher. PubSub3rdFri encourages monthly submissions to publishers, but not until the writing is ready. Now, I have a double incentive for producing writing samples monthly—my writing group and PubSub3rdFri.
What if it’s nearly time to submit to my critique group and I don’t have something ready to send, what do I do? I look for a way “to light a fire under me.” I need a writing sample and quick. Sometimes, I pull out an old manuscript and revise it. A few months back, I did just that with some rebus stories. Once my writing group gave its critique, I revised and submitted to a publisher. Unfortunately those submissions did not sell. Perhaps I’ll revise them at a later time and try again.
In 2011, I set a goal to be published in several leading children’s magazines. I wanted to earn more magazine credits before submitting manuscripts to book publishers. My strategy was to customize two stories to magazine themes, send four queries to another themed magazine, and revise an existing story. Three of these submissions were purchased; thus, I reached my publication goal and my PubSub3rdFri goal. What a great feeling.
No matter how polished your submissions, some manuscripts may never be published. PubSub3rdFri is there to entice you to submit, but it has no power over submission acceptances. You will have projects that aren’t purchased. Even projects dear to your heart may need to rewritten in a different genre. Sometimes your project may be passed on due to marketability. How flexible are you? I have one such project that may never be purchased, although it’s possible that the information might be of interest in another format—perhaps as a pamphlet for museum tours. I’ll think on possibilities.
If you would like to belong to a community that encourages, motivates, and supports submissions, register with PubSub3rdFri. Happy PubSubbing!
Do the PubSub3rdFriday
And turn your luck around,
That’s what it’s all about!
Joan Y. Edwards: Thank you, Linda for those encouraging words. I appreciate your willingness to post February’s reasons to Pub Sub.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it inspires you to believe in yourself. When I reach 100 email subscribers, I’ll choose ten at random subscribers to win a free first page critique. The 100th subscriber will win a free critique of the first 1000 words of a manuscript, along with its pitch. That sounds like fun to me. I hope it sounds like fun to you, too. Subscribe today. Click the Sign Me Up in the left hand column, or click on Follow if it is visible at the top of the page.
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Joan Y. Edwards
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