How do you submit your stories?
Submitting is my least favorite part of the writing process. I love writing, I don’t mind revising, even starting a new story can be fun, but save me from submitting. I usually do it all at once. I take one day away from writing for this purpose. I sit down, write out my introduction letter, go to the websites, check the submission guides, and write my address on the envelopes. I will stuff everything into a neat little package and head down to the post office. I shell out the $12.00 or so it takes to send them out. I whisper “good luck” and run away from the post office as quickly as I can. Then I sit back and wait for the acceptance letters to come pouring in.
I did this yucky chore on Saturday night. Ahead of time I had made a list of the places I was going to submit my story “The Present” to. That list was 3 pieces of paper long. I like to do simultaneous submissions, even though I know if I was an editor I wouldn’t accept them for my magazine. I finished 28 submissions, and I have about a page and a half left to go. Then I have to start submitting for “The Scrapbook” and “Pam’s Glasses.” SO MUCH WORK!!!!
But, if you don’t submit, how will you ever get published? I believe in my work. I know it’s good enough to get published. So it’s MY responsibility to get it out there.
One last question: Has anyone out there ever written a story about a current event? I am thinking about using the Republican nomination as a basis of one of my stories. It would be the situation, not using any real life people as characters. (The only people I like to write about are the people in my imagination.) Depending on how it turns out, this story could look very dated in a couple of months. I’m thinking I will write it now as I see it in my head. If I like it, I will revise it at a later date to make its time period more ambiguous. As I said before, it’s not really about any of the nominees. I’m hoping I’ll have it up on Wednesday. Then you can see what I mean.
Stories Published: -
Stories written: 1
Stories submitted: 29
Stories rejected: -