Just sent off 11 submissions. With 11 different cover letters. Can we say tedious?
I realize it’s important to show the mags that you love and respect them…but I’m worried that after all that work I spaced out and put “I love Gulf Coast!” in the American Short Story envelope. And did I actually stamp all of my self addressed stamped envelopes?
I’m fairly organized as far as submissions go–with Excel spreadsheets and copious notes as I go (to make sure that I have a reasonable shot at any one magazine). Too nerdy? Well, it goes back to that whole presentation thing.
I want to be considered professional, so I have to behave professionally. But aren’t professionals allowed a little leeway if they lose focus for a second? Have you guys ever had a situation where you forgot something important–for a presentation, or a class, or a submission?
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.