Monday, January 31, 2011
My Love/Hate Relationship with Locks
Memories of those days surfaced when I accidentally locked myself out of the house. Mom came to my rescue that time.
Then, my front door deadbolt decided to throw a tantrum. If I didn't turn the key in just the right way, it refused to open. Well, the other day nothing worked. My neighbor checked it out, tried putting it on life support, but finally pronounced it dead. At 8:00 P.M., I'm running out to Home Depot for a new lock. Sigh.
Publishing sometimes reminds me of locks and keys. You spin that combination dial. "Now, was I supposed to go to the right passing zero twice?" Publisher A says simultaneous submissions are okay, but Publisher B threatens life in prison if you even consider such an offense.
I've been submitting to some new markets. Rather than spread myself out too thin, I picked a few and am concentrating on their instructions. This paid off with an acceptance at the end of 2010. I'm working on a couple of submissions to this periodical, hoping I'll once again find the right combination.
Whether it's book publishers, agents, or periodicals, do you study their guidelines before querying them? Do you concentrate on one at a time or send to multiple people?