It’s been a year since I sent poems to one publication–a year to the date.
And it’s been a quite a week on the poe-biz side.
I sent out poems to a couple of places. Each time required a big envelope (manila). Once because I was sending to Great Britain, and one was because my submission was long (4 poems=13 pages).
A place I’d sent to this past March wrote to let me know that they’d overhauled their computer system and all submissions had been lost. Computer stuff happens. I get it. Seven months, but I get it. So I resubmit and the instructions say I don’t need to repay the (small) submission fee, but the site says I do. Choice: Do I send email explaining and wait for a response or do I just send the submission? Yeah, I did the latter.
Then, this morning, standing in the corporate cafeteria, I realized that I didn’t include an SASE in my long submission. Whoa–what?
The guidelines are unequivocal, which I appreciate. I’ll resend that sub with an SASE paper-clipped to the cover letter–tonight (or tomorrow).
And I will strive to be more attentive–to look as hard as I do each afternoon when I open the mailbox.
How do you balance the writing and the biz?