For over twenty years, Writer’s Relief has been making the submission process infinitely easier for writers. We know most writers want to spend more of their time writing and less time with the tedious, time-consuming tasks involved in making submissions to agents or publishers. If you feel that sending out submissions is a big pain in the asterisk, we’ll tell you how to make the process almost ouchless:
How To Make Submitting Your Writing Practically Painless
1. Submit online instead of using snail mail. There’s a reason online submissions are overwhelmingly preferred to mailed submissions—they’re much easier! With online submissions, you don’t have to worry about making copies of your work and cover/query letters or addressing multiple envelopes and SASEs. (Psst…if you must submit by traditional mail, try an assembly-line approach to more easily compile all of your materials!)
2. Create a separate email account and password specifically for making submissions. Sending submissions on a regular basis will generate a lot of emails, from confirmations to advertisements from the publication to responses from editors or agents. Many writers find this correspondence easier to manage if it’s kept separate from any other email. You won’t have to waste time wading through a cluttered inbox, and you’ll be less likely to miss an acceptance from an editor or an agent. Even better, you can use this same email address and password for every submission you make, saving you the trouble of remembering umpteen different ones.
3. Use an Excel file to track your submissions. It’s important to avoid accidentally making multiple submissions to the same literary agent or literary journal. And you’ll need to know when to follow up on your submissions. Plus, if you get an acceptance—how do you know where to make withdrawals? While sites like Submittable and online submission managers provide handy tables to keep track of your submissions, it’s easier to have a list of all your submissions in one place. We recommend using an Excel spreadsheet to track your submissions data: place submitted, date of submission, piece submitted, and agent/editor’s response. Remember to update it regularly!
4. Use your browser’s “autofill” feature. Many online submission managers require the same basic information, such as your email address, the title of your piece, etc. Typing out this same information for each submission is time-consuming and annoying. Instead, use your browser’s autofill option to quickly fill in the submission forms. You’ll save lots of time—but be sure to double-check the autocompleted information before you click send!
5. Keep your chin up—don’t get discouraged! The number one thing that writers find most painful when they are making submissions? Rejection! Unfortunately, rejection is a part of the writing life—though certainly not a part any writer likes. Between the sheer volume of writers submitting to literary agents and literary journals these days and the specificity of many industry professionals’ tastes, great writers receive rejections all the time. Wear your rejections like a badge of honor—and don’t let them slow down your submissions!
And If You’re Still Having Trouble Making Submissions To Literary Agents Or Publishers…
Some writers are far too busy to make their submissions, or are too overwhelmed by the process to be able to do it quickly. Here’s the remedy: Writer’s Relief can help make your submission process pain-free from start to finish. Apply to our Review Board today!
QUESTION: What’s your #1 tip to make submissions easier?
Have completed my novel, but found I can not make submissions. When I paste my work to an email it totally changes it’s appearance. Loss of double spacing, paragraph indents and the lines of text are about a third longer than mine. there are also no pages. It appears as one long page. Have read numerous articles and tried countless times. Nothing works. Am I the only one with this problem. Thanks for your help.