Lists, lists, make a list

I know it’s a small thing considered that you’ve banged out a lovely story and are eager to pitch it about to agents and editors, but, please, for the love of all that’s holy, keep a list of those you query/submit. I keep getting a sense of déjà vu when I open a query that sounds strangely familiar. A quick check of my files invariably shows that this is, indeed, a boomerang query, and I have to turn around and reject it a second time.

Odd that I can spend hours trying to remember where I parked my car, yet I can remember submissions from five years ago. Must be a blip in my DNA.

2 Responses to Lists, lists, make a list

  1. Chumplet says:

    I keep an Excel file with every submission listed with a column for Agency or Publisher, agent or editor, date submitted, type of submission (query, partial, e-sub or snail mail), date of response, and a separate column for notes on any special responses.

    If I don’t see a response for many months, I send a nudge (not a resubmit) or a note that they may withdraw my submission to clear their records.

  2. Brenda says:

    I keep track on Duotrope’s submission tracker (

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