In my ongoing quest to better organize my writing life, I’ve decided to institute Submission Mondays. This doesn’t mean that I will make submissions every Monday, or only check/deal with submissions on Mondays, because of course that would be over-organizing, and I don’t want to go down that road.
What it does mean is that I’ve designated every second Monday as a day when I will:
- check to see if there are submissions I need to follow up on
- review my projects to see if there is something that is not in submission that should be
- if so, find a suitable market, prepare the submission, and get it out there
- if not, see if there is a project close to being submission-ready that I could/should work on, and do so
You might be thinking that I should be doing all of these things regularly anyway. Well, that’s true, but it’s very easy for the submission process to get pushed down the priority list, and for smaller projects (like short stories) to fall off the radar entirely. I think that declaring a specific day, on a specific timetable, to check for things that have fallen through the cracks, makes sense.
And if, on a Submission Monday, I find that everything possible is already in submission–well then, I’ll work on something new, to deal with on a future Submission Monday. Sounds like a good plan to me.