I have submitted two items over the past several months, one to a Kids/Family Devotional magazine, which I never heard anything from and was supposed to have heard something by the middle of this month. The other to a publisher who is planning a book of inspirational stories, which I am hoping to hear from sometime within the next three weeks.
It’s hard not to get your hopes up and to not think about your submissions, and just keep plugging away. It’s hardest when you don’t even received acknowledgement that they received your submission, which I am happy to say only happened with the one submission. The other submission was kind enough to shoot me a quick email to let me know that they had received my submission. My hope is that they will then email me to let me know either way, if they decide to publish my story or not because a rejection would be better than never knowing anything, at least that’s what I think.
However, I recently sent a query letter to a magazine for an article I want to write for them. I was expecting to have to write it quickly if they wanted it because it was based on a theme their website said would be in their March or April issue. I was pleasantly surprised a slightly disappointed when I received a nice email a couple of days later saying that they would like me to submit my article, but that it wouldn’t be considered for publication until 2016! It seems they have made some changes in their magazine and have decide to publish only 6 times a year, which has quickly filled their article spots for 2015. I was told that someone from the editorial staff will get back to me in 2-3 months about my submitting the article. That’s the most positive response I’ve had so far! So, I remain hopeful.
In the meantime, I continue to write here on my blog, an outline for a story I am planning and a story I am simply writing in my normal “pantsing” style. I also continue to look for more places and opportunities to submit short pieces.
How about you? What are you working on in your writing process? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear about it.