So I track everything I send out in Excel, adding notes when I receive rejection letters, a request for a full or an acceptance (I have seen two of these so far, and I do not believe that it will ever, in my life, cease to be an exciting dance-around-the-living-room-and-scare-the-cats moment).
The First Line actually gets it own page, since, as described in my last two posts, I enjoy creating something to meet their requirements. This is what it looks like:
|3||Fall 2006||The Way We Say Love||30-Jul-96||Rejected 16 Aug with nice note asking me to try again|
|5||Spring 2008||The Perfect Girl||17-Jan-08||Rejected 19 Feb w/ encouraging personal note|
|7||Spring 2009||Starlets at Work and Play||20-Dec-08|
My novel also gets a page, although I've taken a hiatus from sending that baby out. I feel maybe it's a "ten year novel", one that I will re-work many times before it is published. Hopefully the next novel goes faster.
|1||Literary Agent||Date Sent||Type of submission||Response||Notes|
|2||Levine Greenberg Literary Agency||18-Dec-08||Electronic|
|3||Donald Maas Literary Agency, Jennifer Jackson||19-Dec-08||Electronic||Rejected - 20 Dec|
|4||Laura Dail Literary Agency||23-Dec-08||Electronic||Rejected - 13 Jan|
|5||Irene Goodman Literary Agency||2-Jan-08||Electronic||Rejected - 14 Jan|
|6||Aaron Priest Literary Agency, Lisa Erbach Vance||5-Jan-08||Electronic|
|7||The Writers House Literary Agency, Maya Rock||6-Jan-08||Electronic||Request for a full on 07 Jan!||Full sent on 08 Jan, Rejected|
|8||Folio Literary Management, Rachel Vater||6-Jan-08||Electronic|
|9||Dystel and Goderich, Chasya Milgrom||6-Jan-08||Electronic|
|10||Brick House Literary Agency, Sally Wofford-Girand||12-Jan-08||Electronic|
|11||Trident Media, Jenny Bent||30-Jan-08||Electronic|
Hours of research, hours of designing and tweaking the perfect cover letter, and it all boils down to 44 cells in Excel. And no advance.
Last but not least, I keep my goals in the same Excel doc so that I can be inspired at the same time as I enter the latest news--
|1||2009 Goals:||Intermediate Goals:||Completed:|
|2||Secure an agent for Shards||Market novel to 30 agents||11|
|3||Complete a second novel||56,000 words|
|4||Sell 5 more short stories or poems|
|5||Enhance my personal marketing||Update writing blog 2x/weekly||Did NaNoWriMo '08 Interview|
|6||Create professional website|
|7||Read & apply 6 books on marketing|
Hey, I may not be a brilliant published author (yet), but at least I'm organized.
So let's here it from the peanut gallery - how do you organize your work? I've been thinking that each market-ready story and poem really deserves it own Excel line in a worksheet, at a minimum, so I can keep on top of sending them out.
Oh, wow. I think I just added to my To-Do list.