Prepare Submission for Pub Sub Day


Prepare Submission for Your Pub Sub Day


Thanks for joining me in Pub Subbing your manuscript. Pub Subbers goal is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher one day a month for a whole year. I’m glad I can count you in.

Each time you submit a manuscript or query, say, “Hurray for me. I’m getting closer to publication.”

If you haven’t submitted lately, spend the next three weeks getting your creative work ready to send off. Start today to say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Summary of Week One
Summary: During Week One, you will send your creative work to your critique group or to a professional editing service for critique. You will choose the publisher for this month’s submission. You will print out this publisher’s guidelines and save them to your computer in your submissions folder. You say to yourself, “I can do it.” You’ve take action.

Steps for Week One
1. Choose three possible publishers for the kind of writing you are submitting:
a. Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
b. Select the publisher you will use this month.
c. Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.

2. Fine tune your manuscript
a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.
b. Here are eight books that may help you with your writing skills. Check out the book from your local library for free, a used book store, or purchase online.

Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction

Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel

Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact

Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories

Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages

Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis

Week Two Steps 
1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.

2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter , then write your query letter.

3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor.

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On December 17, 2010 I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. Write your resume.

a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.

b. List all memberships in professional organizations.

c. Include all of your publishing credits.

5. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three 

1. Read aloud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.

3. If you see errors, correct them.

4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

6. Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

7. Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope.

9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

10. Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

11. Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

Pub Sub 3rd Friday
13. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

14. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

Each time you submit, you will get better and better.


Thank you for reading my blog.

Subscribe to Joan’s blog for newsletters and new posts to inspire, inform, and make you laugh. Receive free gifts. You’ll be sent an email to confirm your subscription. Thank you.


Please leave a comment, question, or resource.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Flip Flap Floodle on

Copyright 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)

4 thoughts on “Prepare Submission for Pub Sub Day”

    1. Dear Gretchen, Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. I hope the details help you get so close to publication you can hear it breathe and see its tonsils!

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *