Submission Strategies for the New Year

2019 is almost here. Many of us wrap up the year by taking a sort of inventory of progress we made during the year and making promises to do it better in the future. As a writer, writing and sending submissions out into the world creates the task of managing them.

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Submission Tracking

After market research I would take out another photocopied sheet and I’d note the who, what, when and where to send it. I’d put together a query letter with a paragraph to clearly show I had looked through past issues of their magazine. Sometimes I would mention an article well done. I’d put a note on the sheet of paper as the submission and SASE dropped into the mailbox. This is how I tracked my submissions. I’d make a note to myself when time ran out and I assumed I ended up in slush and went to the next publication on my list.

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Plotting

When I begin a short story or a novel I like to have a firm idea of the plot in my mind. Once my imagination is pre-loaded I flesh out characters and work through various outcomes. I do best when I have the rough draft of six major scenes. If I do not know some key things going into a story I usually fail to connect enough to finish it.

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Interviewing Characters

The Interview often unlocks a story. Just the simple ‘what’s up?’ is enough to get things started again. You may discover your ‘helper’ character is clueless about your ‘main’ character’s motives. Your ‘antagonist’ may be blissfully unaware of the ‘protagonist’s’ intentions.

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Characters & Scenes

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Children’s Literary Agents Roundup: How to Write for Young Audiences

Join us for our final topic chat about writing for Children & YA Readers and mark your Calendar for Sunday’s Guest Chat. Children’s Literary Agents Roundup: How to Write for Young Audiences Four agents who represent children’s literature, took time out of their busy day to share their insight and wisdom on platform, writing picture…

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You’ve Written a Children’s Book – Now What?

  So, You’ve Written a Children’s Book…Now What? Chronicle Books posted on Sunday’s Topic. We receive about a thousand unsolicited children’s manuscripts every month, like the ones in the mail bins below. Every one of them is read by a children’s editor here, and I’m here to offer you some tips on how to make your manuscript…

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Is it a Novel or a Short Story?

Join us in the Chatroom for a Mini Topic.  Is it a Novel or a Short Story? Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 8PM ET Three Ways Short Stories are Different Than Novels Writing short stories is different than writing novels. Many authors are nervous about writing short stories because they’re not sure how short stories…

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