When to Submit.

How do you know if you’re ready to submit a story or novel to an editor?

When’s the deadline?

Have you proofread? Have you put “the end” at the end? Then it’s time. Go for it.

Okay, so I’m being a little facetious. But not entirely. More than once I have used a deadline (perhaps adjusted to account for mailing time) to inspire me to finish a story. Or I’ve used a deadline as a goal. After that, I trust myself to get it done in time.

Trusting yourself isn’t something you learn automatically. Well, you might trust yourself automatically, but if you don’t have the experience to back it up, your trust in yourself might not be useful.

I’m not being very useful, am I?

I can’t help it. Writing cannot be turned into a tidy set of rules. Trying to turn the psychology of writing into tidy rules is even worse. But “know yourself” is a good one.

Know when you’ve gotten as far as you can get on a story in the time you have. And then submit it.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
This entry was posted in business of writing. Bookmark the permalink.