Updated June 2023
Many of the authors who submit a writing sample to Writer’s Relief come to us for help because they love writing, but they hate researching and preparing submissions to send out to literary markets.
Signs You May Be Slacking on Your Writing Submissions:
- You honestly mean to read the lit mag submissions guidelines page—you really do—but then you get distracted by reading the actual poems and stories in the magazine instead.
- When you have to make a choice between filling out endless submission forms online or reading a great new book, you’ll always choose BOOK.
- You know you’re not supposed to take rejection letters personally, but you can’t help it. You would rather not deal with them. You would rather they didn’t exist—even if it means subconsciously self-sabotaging your own shot at success.
- You’re busy. Seriously busy. When other people say they’re busy, you think to yourself, You have no idea what busy even means. So when you do get a minute of free time, you’d like to spend it writing—not staring bleary-eyed at your computer screen looking for new literary markets.
- You’re a bit overwhelmed by the publishing industry and have no idea how to get started.
- You know you wrote a great book, but you have no idea how to write a great query letter. In fact, you’d rather go to the dentist for a root canal than write a query.
Fortunately, we have ways to help you overcome your submission strategy avoidance!
The #1 Hack For A Successful Submission Strategy…
Allow yourself the time and energy you need to focus on your writing and delegate the other tasks to people who are actually passionate about them.
At Writer’s Relief, we’ve been successfully researching and targeting literary markets for our clients for over 20+ years—and we love what we do! We know all the publishing industry insider hacks to find you the best opportunities to get your work published.
More Submission Strategy Hacks That Get Results
- Create a calendar using specifics and stick to it (I will submit to five lit agents per week until I get agent representation).
- Celebrate the milestones of your process, as opposed to achievements that are out of your control (pat yourself on the back more vigorously for sending out ten submissions than for receiving an acceptance letter from one).
- When tackling a big, multilayered project you’re not very excited about, do the worst thing first. Hate researching markets most of all? Start with that (or let us do it for you).
- Beat procrastination using these tips.
- Find a way to celebrate your rejection letters.
- Keep a positive outlook on your submissions.
And remember: If you really, really hate the hassle of making effective submissions, send your work to our Review Board now.
QUESTION: What aspect of making submissions is most challenging to you? Post it in our comments section. Our submission strategists will be happy to offer you personalized advice!