1. John Carlo
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    Submission Tracking

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by John Carlo, May 4, 2013.

    Hey everyone,

    I'm just starting to aggressively submit my stories to journals and so forth. What is the best way to keep track of submissions and rejections? Is there a particular software that makes this whole process easier to manage, or do people just use Excel?
     
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    Why would you need anything other than a spreadsheet or ordinary document? Or even a paper ledger (remember paper?)

    The problem isn't software, The problem is developing the habit to record each event.
     
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    I agree with Cogito.

    I created a spread sheet that tracked: the story (listed title), the market sent to (with link/contact email) the date sent, their posted 'anticipated turn around', date accepted or rejected, and a section for notes.

    What you find useful may vary.
     
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    ditto that!

    i've also kept a printout of each query letter in a 'queried' file, which gets 'retired' when rejection arrives... or notated and moved to the 'pending' file, if ms requested...

    this is backed up with a simple list i create and keep updating on the computer... no fancy program needed...
     
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    Spacejock software has a free submission tracking program called Sonar. I've used it and if you don't want to take the time to program your own spreadsheet, as Sonar creates a few special reports, it might be worth your while.
     
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    Thanks everybody. Just wanted some ideas. I started with a simple spreadsheet today. I'll check out Sonar as well.
     
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    I keep an Excel spreadsheet in Google Drive (formerly gdocs).
     
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    lib excel that like
     
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    After playing around with Excel for a while I came up with a spreadsheet that works for me. Learning how to use filters really helped.

    Duotrope's Digest had (and probably still has) a very useful submissions tracker. Unfortunately you now have to pay to be a member.
     

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