“Proceed as if success is inevitable.” Advice from a coffee mug
With the summer winding down and September just around the corner, now is a great time to start pulling out your submission-worthy pieces and mapping out a strategy for getting them off your computer and into the hands of publishing pros for their review.
With this in mind, Writer’s Relief, the seasoned online submission service, offers helpful tips in its story, “Get Ready: A Checklist For Publishing Success During The Fall Rush:”*
Get psyched: Approach your submissions program with in upbeat, positive frame of mind. As tennis pro Arthur Ashe once observed, one of the keys to confidence is preparation: So create a checklist of clear, achievable goals for yourself — to comb through your work and select the three strongest stories for an initial pass, to spend Saturday morning identifying promising journals to contact — you get the idea. Keep your strategy simple and doable.
Get ready: The major key to success is getting your work “polished to perfection” and ready for review. So revise, revise, revise! Once it sings and dances, be sure every piece is sharply edited, ruthlessly proofread, and formatted to basic industry standards. Keep in mind that publications may also have their own format requirements.
Get smart: Matching your prose or poetry to the right publications is pivotal. Identify a hit list of those that welcome your genre, check their entry schedules, guidelines, and up-to-date links and addresses. Many writers find setting up a spreadsheet very useful.
Get help: Ask trusted friends to critique and even proofread your work and tap them for any experience that might up your game. If you feel you need additional support in getting your submissions under way, you may want to explore well-established services like Writer’s Relief.
* For the full story and more practical submission advice, visit: writersrelief.com
You have to in it to win it! While a submissions program can be daunting, writing dangerously isn’t just about daring to dream, it’s about daring to do! Write on.