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Comment by Accidental Expert on August 21, 2009 at 12:19am
Hello All,

I used to write for a living, but that was before kids. I've just recently started blogging a couple of months ago and I'm hooked again. I'm just now going to journey into writing for a living, so I may need some advice from you wise sages now and again.


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Comment by Robin Wright on August 15, 2009 at 3:50pm
Hi Everyone. I am excited to find an active group about writing. I have just recently decided to get serious about my writing. This looks like the right place for me to gain a some insight and encouragement.

My blog is called A Balanced Life. I also write for the Washington DC edtition of Examiner.com. I look forward to learning from you all.
Comment by Maryann Castronovo on August 15, 2009 at 10:59am
I have been writing a funny newspaper column for almost six years and wrote all through my breast cancer battle this past year. Everyone says to get it into a book because it would help so many other women. Does anyone have any ideas or tips to get more traffic to my blog or an agent who is open to this type of material? Thank you!
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on August 14, 2009 at 12:59am
I can't tell you how often I have been glad I copied all correspondence. Especially when it can take months to hear from an editor, and so much happens in between.
Comment by Melissa Taylor on August 14, 2009 at 12:32am
I just printed that out.

Right now I have file folders with some stuff, email folders with publication names and with "rejected" "not yet heard" and "accepted" - this isn't quite working for me. I like your idea of subfolders and making a copy of the email though. I can see how that would be very helpful.

I have started billing with Freshbooks and so far, really like it. I'll go check out LitMatch right now. Fun, thanks!
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on August 14, 2009 at 12:07am
In my own defense, I guess I should have said it was when I was changing over to a new computer, and from PC to Mac, but that's more of an explanation than an excuse!

Melissa, I have seen spread sheets work well for others, but not for me. I try to organize by email, and by documents.

Email: I have a submissions folder in my email, and keep both incoming and outgoing emails there. They are only organized by date of entry, but my folder is searchable if I need to find all correspondence from that publisher.

Documents: Submissions folder, which is then divided into sub folders according to article/story/book title. Into each subfolder goes the copy of the article that I send, plus submission guidelines pasted in, plus any email correspondence pasted in. (This is doubling up on my email saving, but sometimes I've missed one or the other, so it has paid off.) If it gets accepted, either acceptance and contract and payment get added, or the links to where those docs are stored gets added. If it gets rejected, that is noted and the article starts again. If it gets neither acceptance or rejection, I rely on my memory (!), and my pencil and paper notes to prompt me to followup, or recently since I've tried to be more organized, electronic calendar. But a spread sheet would be better!

My advice to anyone would be to take advantage of all the great digital stuff available, and at least try a spreadsheet, because of seeing dates at a glance. Also, LitMatch has a tracking component, but I haven't used it.

What do you do?
Comment by Melissa Taylor on August 13, 2009 at 11:34pm
Thanks so much for your kind words, fellow writers!

Susan, that's awful about the two contracts -- I can see me doing that exact same thing. I need to figure out some systems I think. How do you organize?
Comment by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on August 13, 2009 at 6:58pm
That's excellent Melissa!

You gals are probably much smarter than me, but I want to tell you something silly I did. I wrote an article, and somehow signed two contracts for it, with different companies. I thought they were same company, (very similar names) just different people. I know, so dumb. When the second anthology was due to be published, I suddenly found out, and felt sick.

So, once you start to have lots of articles submitted, keep your records scrupulously, and double-check everything. Now I know why they say "no multiple submissions"!
Comment by nat on August 13, 2009 at 10:21am
melissa that is soo awesome im following your blog now..natalee
Comment by Melinda Means on August 13, 2009 at 8:28am
Congratulations, Melissa!! Awesome!!! ;0)

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