Reach For the Sky When You Submit
This is the second part of the Submission Process post. If you missed part I, check the February 11th post.
If a cover letter is included with the submission, keep it short and professional. If at all possible, learn the editor’s name and use it--Dear Mr. Brooks rather than Dear Dan. If a writer has never been published, there is no need to point it out. If published, he/she should give a short resume of where her work might be found.
Set up a record-keeping system of some kind. It may be a series of index cards, a notebook with a page for each piece written, or a more complex spreadsheet on the computer. How it’s done is a personal choice, but do it.
The last step in the submission process is not to sit back and wait for an answer. A response may not arrive for weeks, perhaps even months, sometimes never. The final step is to begin to work on a new story, article, or essay and start the submission process all over again. Keep a ferris wheel of submissions going at all times.