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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Managing Your Submissions Properly

By Antonios Maltezos

You need a good pencil, first of all, nice and sharp, but not too sharp in case you have to log a new entry, or change an existing one while the log sheet is resting on your bare thighs. Need a good erasure on that pencil too. If it’s a dollar store pencil, the lead may be okay, but I certainly wouldn’t chew on the erasure. Besides, dollar store pencils have plastic erasures that’ll smear your corrections and adjustments and make an overall mess of your log sheet. Having everything neat and tidy on that piece of paper makes you feel more pro-ish, less amateurish, if you know what I mean. Gives you hope. And the more entries you jot down, the less devastating the inevitable Xs signifying the rejections. So fill that page. Submit, submit, submit! But stuff does come up, life happens, and managing your submissions, as I’ve mentioned, can be really time-consuming, so there’s always the possibility that valuable info will get misplaced, or wrinkly, and you’ll have to start a new one. If that happens, know that you aren’t obliged to copy over the rejections from the last list. What are we living in the past, here? You’ll need a new pencil, sharpened just right. Not too sharp, though, because you want the script to have a flare. You want it to look natural, like you scribbled the names of those journals on the fly, as a stylish individual might, with flare but steady and balanced on the page. You see? It’s like a pair of jeans’ll make one person look like a farmer, and another real cool. You want cool, and that too sharp pencil will just dig into the paper making your script look like it’s come from a shaky person. You don’t want that. You want Mont Blanc smooth, like you got enough money in the bank not to care that much, eh? Okay, g’luck!

Next week: Hunting agents

6 Comments:

Blogger Chumplet said...

You poor thing. Do you want me to email a sample excel file?

I first started keeping records on a list and hand=lettering the results as they came in. But it got really messy.

An excel file is the best thing ever!

Wed Aug 22, 10:59:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

You're funny. Can't wait for your tips on snaring an agent.

Thu Aug 23, 03:05:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Hi Chumplet. I'm the type of person who starts checking an hour after submitting. I need a piece of paper in my hands I can bring with me anywhere. It's a sickness. Thanks for reading.

Thu Aug 23, 03:06:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Hey Chumplet, about that excel sheet... my wife made one for me ages ago. Never used it.

Thu Aug 23, 06:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger tamara said...

I'm pleased with Duotrope so far. I tried an excel sheet too; and various other things, none of which have worked. I hate being reminded I can be a bit of a scatterbrain, always with six things going at one time. Nice to read I am not alone.

Fri Aug 24, 03:57:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Andrew said...

Now that I'm 'managing' my submissions, I'm a much more professional rejectee. If I used a pencil I'd stab myself.

Sat Aug 25, 09:22:00 AM EDT  

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