So I’ve written about the importance of letting manuscripts go and I’ve also written about not sending them out until they are ready/you’ve completed the project. Today, as I prepared a submission for Creative Nonfiction, I realized how important it is to have multiple projects going.
When I have a piece that I consider to be my best work to date, I obsess over it. For the past week, I’ve been trying to decide where to send the piece. Then I started to question myself. Maybe I’m not good enough for CNF, maybe there’ll be too much competition. I got the submission ready and decided that I should send out some other pieces. I went to my folder from last semester and found five pieces that just need a little revising and two fragments that I’d like to finish. Now I don’t feel as nervous. I have so much going on and will have several pieces out for publication that it doesn’t really matter if they accept the one piece (although I would love it).
What I’m saying is, keep multiple projects going. Always have several submissions out at one time (and track them). If you get a rejection, send the piece on to another journal. Make it a sort of publishing revolving door. Most importantly, don’t hang on to finished work and don’t fixate on a single piece.