February 26, 2009

Simultaneous Submissions

Filed under: submissions — writebrainit @ 11:56 am

I get a lot of opinions of what a writer should do when submitting stories – one at a time, or multiple submissions. I have a couple of thoughts on this. If I am understanding right – the woman who runs my writing group and several of the others with published books, believe that you submit to one publisher at a time. They suggest researching finding one which will best suit my story. Then they suggest waiting until you hear from the company before submitting again.

I disagree – I figure why not increase my chances. I review my market – and thoroughly find writersmarket.com very helpful. I find as many companies who fit my market and allow for simultaneous submissions and go that route first. It becomes very important to keep track of where the submissions go and the approximate amount of time that they will take to review submissions. After I have hit all the simultaneous options I could and the alloted time has passed, then I start with the companies which do not allow for simultaneous submissions.

I believe this to be the more pro-active way to go in this market. There are many authors out there who state that it takes 10-20 publishers/agents before they can even get considered let alone accepted. At 2-6 months each time for reviewing, to go through 10-20 individually could take years, that’s why I chose to go the other route.

I’m just wondering, what is the more common route of submitting?



  1. If you are sending work to an agent, you will probably get an answer very quickly. An agent has no problem with you sending your material to 19 other agents at the same time, and if he or she does, they can say so. If they don’t say so, do what you want to do.

    Book publishers may want you to submit only to them, but may also take many months to respond to the work. I think you have to ask yourself, Do you have their whole life to do this? I understand that a publisher has a process, and that it takes time. That said, I am still going to send to more than one, simultaneously. The publisher is understaffed? Has only so many ‘readers’? Okay. Whose problem is that?

    With magazine editors, if I know they take a long time to respond, I will sometimes state in my cover letter that the material is being submitted only to them — for two months, and that after two months is up, I will send it elsewhere. If they’re interested in the material, it’s on them to move along a little more smartly. If not, there are plenty more magazines out there.

    I’m sure some people will think this attitude rude or unprofessional, but this is MY profession, too, not some little king’s sitting in his office, and I make the rules, too.

    Comment by Ted Gilley — February 26, 2009 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  2. Nicely put – that is really thinking along the lines that I am thinking. I have not really started submitting to magazines yet, but I like your approach there as well. Thank you for the comment.

    Comment by writebrainit — March 4, 2009 @ 9:46 am | Reply

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