Step 4

Writer Essentials for Submitting: Step 4

You’ve got a great story. You’ve completed Step 1,  Step 2, and Step 3. Now complete Step 4. Then you’ll have the Essentials for Submitting: Go for it. Celebrate when you’ve submitted. Be proud of yourself. Believe in you with unwavering faith!

A. Proof all materials. Read them aloud or have someone read them to you. It is essential to do this last minute proofing of your manuscript, query letter,  submission/cover letter, resumé, bio, and/or proposal for correct formatting, grammar, and punctuation and to make sure you are following the submission guidelines of the publisher, agent, or contest. If necessary, reprint.

B.  Fix a draft of the email submission and send it to yourself.  Correct any errors.

C. Say a prayer. Have a winning attitude. Visualize the smiling person who receives this submission being pulled into accepting your work. Run a video in your mind that the publisher, agent, or judges in the contest talk excitedly to everyone about it. Visualize yourself receiving a “Yes.” Get excited. It’s really coming.  In the next six months you will receive a positive response.

  • Make sure you follow the guidelines of the publisher.

  • If email submission, copy and paste corrected copies into the email. Check to make sure it kept the formatting of your original document. Make sure if they allow attachments and in what format they allow them.  Make certain that the email address is correct. Now push the send button on the computer. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

  • If snail mail submission, address 9 x 12” envelope properly with your name and return address. Make sure you write the correct name and address for the publisher, editor, or contest name. If the guidelines ask it, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Take a trip to the post office. Put correct postage on the envelope containing the manuscript, proposal, and cover letter or the query letter by itself. Put the envelope in the mailbox. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Each time you submit, you get better and better.
Let me know you submitted your work today with a comment or email me at I would love to hear from you.
Never Give Up
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Joan Y. Edwards
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4 thoughts on “Step 4”

  1. Hi Joan,
    I have a few things I’ve written for children and haven’t had the nerve or plan to send them in. I believe in them, but just can’t seem to do it. Your plan is inspiring and totally do-able. Thank you for putting it out there for all of us! I am on board, thank you for the encouragement!

    1. Dear Kelly,
      Thank you for writing. I’m proud of you for saying that now you can submit your work. You can join Pub Subbers to receive even more encouragement and automated reminders to submit your manuscripts! Just send a blank email to:
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      Celebrate you and your love of writing!
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

    1. Dear Gail,
      Thank you for writing. I needed to hear from my readers today. It is especially nice to hear a thank you and that I’ve helped you. That is wonderful. I hope you subscribe to my blog. Good luck with the publication of your writing. The world is waiting to hear your story.

      Never Give Up

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