You’ve written a book. Now what?

doberman looking at a laptopSo there you sit, staring at the book you’ve written. You’re proud of your hard work, and you should be.

Now you’re faced with “What do I do next?”

If you’ve only just finished the draft, then it’s time to start in on revisions.

Maybe you’ve revised and revised, and then revised some more and feel it’s time to start submitting to potential publishers.

I know beyond a doubt, you truly want to get your book published. I’ve been there, and [Read more…]

5 Magazines Open to Submissions

It’s marketing Monday. You know the drill: analyze the magazine, and thoroughly read and follow the guidelines before submitting.

Christian Communicator, the magazine of American Christian Writers/Reg Forder, https://regaforder.wordpress.com/articles/guidelines-ad-rates/

Treasure http://www.wnac.org/treasure/, send submission inquires to treasure@wnac.org [Read more…]

5 Women’s Magazines Accepting Submissions

Paulette Harris is the happy winner of last week’s critique offer from author J.A. Marx. If you missed J.A.’s guest post “What Does the Publishing World Expect?” you can read it here.

Today’s Monday Marketing includes 5 women’s magazines accepting submissions. As always, familiarize yourself with the magazine before submitting and follow their guidelines to the letter.

Today’s Christian Woman, this site offers links to their publications Marriage Partnership, ParentConnect, and Today’s Christian Woman. http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/help/writers-guidelines/todays-christian-woman-writers-guidelines.html  Be sure to read through each of the other helpful articles, especially Core Qualities of a Today’s Christian Woman Article and What Kinds of Articles is Today’s Christian Woman Looking For?

Momsense, the official magazine of MOPS. http://www.mops.org/writers-guidelines

Single! Young Christian Woman, the Christian alternative to the fashion magazine. http://www.onmyownnow.com/aboutus.html Read through the About Us page and then query Donna[at]onmyownnow.com.

Country Woman, a country lifestyle magazine, http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/contributor-guidelines/

Military Spouse, a magazine written for, by and about military spouses. Accepts submissions for both the blog and magazine, http://vmimedia.blob.core.windows.net/msmedia/97088/2011writersguidelines.pdf

Happy Writing!

5 Ways to Grow as a Writer While You Wait for an Editor’s Response

Wait for the sunrise.Recently I had more than one person comment about their struggle with waiting. I’m talking about the wait between when you submit (or pitch) your work and when you hear back from the editor (or publisher).

We all have a different tolerance level for waiting, and the instant society we live in compounds the problem. But we can stay encouraged and productive while we wait.

What to Do While You Wait

  • Enter your article on your submission tracker, and start on the next project.
  • Develop/tweak your author website.
  • Read a book on writing craft and work to improve.
  • Learn the ins and outs of your favorite social media network(s) and use it to build your platform.
  • Most publications give a “will respond in” period of time. It can be several weeks to several months. List this on your submission tracker, schedule a reminder task in your calendar (I use Outlook) and follow up with an email to the editor when it is appropriate.

I think Kathy Carlton Willis offers the best advice with this quote from her upcoming book Your Life on Hold: Don’t Hate the Wait! “Sometimes between the ‘wait’ and the ‘yes’ we need to fall at Jesus’ feet and be caught up in total adoration of the Savior.”

We may not get a “yes” when the answer comes, but keeping our focus on the Savior provides us the peace and strength for every moment of the day, no matter what we face.

How about it readers? Add to the list the things that work for you. Leave your answer in the comments.

Debra L. Butterfield © 2013

How to Track Your Article Submissions

Whether you submit with regularity or not, it’s important to track your submissions. How else will you follow up if you have no record of the magazines and editors (or agents/publishing houses) to whom you have submitted your work?

I keep a simple Excel file with the following info:

  • Date submitted
  • Magazine name
  • Editor’s name
  • Editor’s email
  • Editor’s phone number
  • Name of article submitted
  • Date to follow up. Most publications state a period of time to allow for review of your submission. Follow up with an email to the editor only after the stated time for review has passed.
  • Status (accepted or rejected)
  • Payment due. If accepted you need to know when your payment is due because some publications pay on acceptance and some on publication.
  • Payment rec’d date.  If you record this date as soon as the payment comes in, you won’t be left wondering later on if you got paid.

Not all of us are uber organized. I take advantage of the tools someone else has designed to help me. I just adjust them to suit my needs and circumstances.

Design whatever works for you, and be diligent to use it.

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