May 26, 2011

Writers Keeping Records: Part 2

10 Optional Records
More records to keep you organized or simply distract.
f (format) * (importance) ? (thoughts)

1. Literary Bio
f fifty words about you and your literary accomplishments
* at the ready for all those acceptances
? do you use humour in your bio

2. Letter to...
f template used for submissions
* provides continuity
? how do you close your letters

3. Magazine Locations
f Province/State...Magazine/Journal...City
*keeps geography in mind with story settings
? will you conquer your country

4.Yearly Contests/Grants
f Month...Contest/Grant...Deadline
* reminder of what's approaching(update often)
? do you submit outside your country

5. No Simultaneous Submissions
f list of magazines that adamantly refuse ss
* also add publications you've been caught at
? how many places have you sent a story to at one time

6. No Response/1 Year+ Rejections
f Magazine...Story...Sent(date)...Response(date)
* tells you who the repeat offenders/slowpokes are
? what's the longest you've waited for a rejection

7. Stories Retired
f Story...Magazine...Sent(date)...Response(date)
* history of stories retired(includes crap and acceptances)
? how many rejections can a story get before you retire it

8. List of Stories Written by Date
f Year/Season...Story
* how much you write in relation to other events in your life
? do you write more at certain times of the year

9. Story Synopses
f Story...Ten Word Description
* fun and challenging excercise
? can you pitch an entire collection in ten words

10. Table of Contents
f Story...# of Pages
* helps you visualize the length and ordering of collection
? what determines the order of your stories

10 Essential Records

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