I want to give you advice on submitting work and how to get your work into the world, but I’m not an authority on the matter. I’ve been writing for three years, and I’ve yet to submit a piece of work to the outside world. I’m not afraid of rejection; I’m afraid of the wait. I’m not a patient person, but if I were I’d probably know a few things about submissions. Until I get my hours in, here are a few people that know a lot about submissions and how to stay organized when doing it.
Becky Tuch writes in her article, “The Submission Styles of the Rich & Famous,” about writers and their submission techniques. My favorites from the article are David Bauman, Patrick Nathan, and Evan Simko-Bednarski. Even though these writers have a specific style for submitting, it doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. These are just some helpful suggestions from some interesting writers.
David Bauman is ‘the dad poet’ as he states in his very humorous biography on his blog. So, how does he deal with submissions? His reply to Tuch was simple. “He writes, “Doutrope has helped me organize my submission process, and made it fun. As for fees, value is in the eye of the submitter.” As a broke college student, submission fees are nearly impossible to meet. When it comes to submissions, I agree with Bauman when he says the value is in the eye of the submitter. If I believe my work is worth it then I’ll do just about anything I can, even if that means raiding my piggy bank. As for Doutrope, we have to take Bauman’s word and check it you for ourselves.
Patrick Nathan does things a little differently when it comes to submissions. He writes to Tuch and states that “I’m all about the spreadsheet…I color code active subs, unsent subs, and “can’t send yet” subs…If I want to send work to a mag, I do, regardless of how long it *might* take. The bells and whistles of avg [sic] response times, stats, etc., turn me into a nervous wreck. Better off w/o them.” When it comes to organization, I’m OCD—at least when it comes to alphabetizing books and DVDs. When it comes to writing, I could use some organization. I have folders for everything, but eventually the folders become overwhelming, and I need a simpler way to control my submissions—this is where Patrick’s style comes to play. Plus, who doesn’t love color-coding things. I know I do, and if you love his idea for submissions, you’d love his Tumblr.
My last and favorite submissions style comes from Evan Simko-Bednarski. When asked by Tuch how he gets his submissions out into the world, he replies “Cry, write, cry, repeat.” I can’t think of an easier way to handle submissions. I’ve never cried over my writing, but I have cried while writing. I have a feeling however that after I start submitting things, I might come around to Evan’s style of submitting. For more information about Evan, a Brooklyn-based editor and journalist, visit his site.
Each writer has a unique style of submitting his or her work and no one way is the right way. These are just some of my favorite organizational, emotional, and easy ways of going about it. But whatever you chose to do, don’t stop getting yourself out there, or in my case, start putting yourself out there.
Until next time,