We writers all go through the same merry-go-round when submitting our work for publication. We write, submit, get rejected and repeat. I understand that rejection is part of the process. Rejection makes you try harder and you learn from every rejection. The thing that gets under my skin is the Vast amount of differences for submissions! There are almost as many WAYS to submit as there are publications that accept them. *Some accept previously published pieces, others do not. Some consider a blog post as being Published, others do not. *Some charge reading fees, others do not. *Some places do not accept simultaneous submissions, while others do. *Some want your submission in a Word document, others want a PDF. Still others want the submission to be a copy and pasted into the body of the email. *Some have very specific requirements as far as font size and type, others do not. *Some want your submission to be blind. No name on it anywhere. Others want your name on each piece. *If submitting short pieces, poetry, etc., some places want just One document with ALL of your pieces. Others want each piece attached as a separate document. *A LOT of submissions go through Submittable. With others you must email the publication directly. Still others have their own online form you must fill out to submit. *Some places want a bio from you. These can vary wildly. Anything from a short piece, limited to 50 words or less to something longer. Some places want the bio written in the 3rd person, others 1st person. Then some places do not want a bio at all. And remember the requirements for font size and type!! *Most publications seem to take a lifetime to get back to you with an answer, 6 months or more is not uncommon. If this is the case, you’ve got this unpublished masterpiece (in OUR eyes, right?) sitting there and you can do NOTHING with it. Because if they do not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published work, you cannot let it be seen anywhere else until the Publication Gods that you have submitted to have given it a pass or fail. *Then there is the whole legal mess of your rights as the author. Do you retain your rights? Do they? You need an attorney to read the leagalspeak on some of the websites. It’s all maddening!! Why do we do it?? I get so frustrated at times that I just throw my hands up in the air in defeat. I close down the website I’m on and crawl back to my little cave of self-pity to lick my wounds. Then that spark will come. That “ping” that tells me “This time! THIS will be the ONE that will get me seen and the publishers will take notice!!” So I go at it again and submit more of my work. I do offer some advice in this mad, mad world of write, submit, reject and repeat. *PRINT OUT the submission Guidelines and keep them next to you as you prepare your piece for submission. This way, you can be sure not to overlook anything. *FOLLOW the submission guidelines to the letter. No matter how brilliant your piece is, if you did not follow the rules, you’re out on your ear often before the piece is ever read. *PROOF your piece. For heaven’s sake, you don’t want to be rejected because of a spelling error, do you? Proof, proof, proof!! *Lastly, take time to vent. Cry, yell and curse the Publishing Gods. Shake your fist and stomp your feet. Scream into your pillow. Cry yourself a river, if that makes you feel better. But when it’s all said and done, take a deep breath and climb back on that horse and give it another shot. Why? Because we are writers, that’s why. Copyright © 2022 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved
I know I’m a little ahead of myself here. But I’m excited and as a typical introvert I will pick this thing to death before it ever gets here.
I’m looking at attending a Writer’s Conference in my area in June. This will be my first one. All of the information on classes, speakers and agents that will be attending is still coming in and not complete.
I know that going to it will be incredibly inspiring and I’ll come back pumped with enthusiasm and ready to write the next Great Nationwide Bestseller. I’m am really excited about the classes and being able to pick the brains of those around me.
As part of the package with attending this conference, I will get a 10 minute pitch with a Literary Agent or publicist. My WIP is not finished. I doubt seriously that it will be finished in time for the conference.
Here’s my dilemma: I do NOT want to waste this precious opportunity to speak to an agent! Since my WIP is not complete, do any of you have suggestions for how to handle this opportunity? Should I pitch my unfinished novel anyway?
This is will most likely not be the only post that I will do on this conference. For those of you that have experience in this area, any tips you can give me on this will be appreciated!
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Ariel Chart is an online Monthly Journal that publishes short stories, poetry, etc. I submitted several things to them and they chose to publish one of my poems! You can see that post Here:
Ariel Chart is a Signatory of the magazine Poets & Writers. I am just thrilled that they are publishing this! This is my Very FIRST actual Creative Effort to be published!!
If you are just starting out and are wanting to get published, you might give them a look.
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It’s live! My submission to the website, Introvert, Dear is up!
You can see the post here.
I feel that this is really my First Published piece. I had something posted on Counseling Directory.org, but that was simply just relating a personal experience.
This let me exercise my writing muscle. Please take a moment and check it out and while you’re there, browse the website. It’s a terrific site.
I hope you enjoy! Thanks! Penny
I’ve written, pretty openly about depression and how it has effected my life. Back in June, I did a post I called If Your Happy and You Know It. https://pennylanewrites.com/2017/06/14/if-youre-happy-and-you-know-it/
This post has received more views than anything else I’ve ever written. I think this really speaks to the fact that Depression is more wide spread than we realize. There needs to be more awareness so that there is not such a stigma attached to it.