Wednesday, March 17, 2010

WIP Wednesday: Snail Mail 101

It's that time of the week again!

Where am I? What am I doing?

I'm slowly eeking out an ending to my WIP. It's not easy.

Besides that, I'm writing cover letters for magazine submissions. (I've never done that before.) And polishing up magazine submissions. And getting ready to mail stuff using the US Postal Service. (I've never done that before, either. I mean, submitting via snail mail. When I query I usually stick to people who take email queries.) This means learning how to include a SASE and how to operate a printer.

All these new challenges!

I hope all your WIPs out there are writing themselves faster than mine is. I think I need more sleep. (I actually had a deja-vu feeling while helping Anna in her gymnastics class today. I've heard you only have those moments when you're very, very tired. Your exhausted brain sees something a split second before it actually registers that you've seen it, so you get the feeling you've seen it before. Did you know that?)

Happy writing everyone ... and get some sleep!


  1. I didn't know that you wrote for magazines! Do you have a favorite, or would you rather not say?

  2. Hey Myrna, Well, I'm just starting out. I'm planning to submit to Highlights (I was thinking of writing to you and asking for advice because I know you've been published with them ... I wrote a short story that I think might work for that magazine) and I have something for Ladybug, too (a read-aloud story). *Fear and trepidation!!*

  3. Highlights has a Current Needs page on their website that I have bookmarked. It's always better to submit to a specific editor, and this shows you what some of the editors are actually looking for:

    Good luck! It's not an easy market, and it takes just as long to hear back from editors and get something published as it would a book. That said, there's a certain instant gratification in finishing a short project, even if you never sell it, and seeing your work illustrated is just plain thrilling. Highlights and Ladybug both have remarkable illustrators.

  4. Oh man, that makes me both excited and scared! I know it's tough!! Yes, I can imagine seeing your writing illustrated would be thrilling. How cool. Thanks, Myrna.