Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 • 6 Comments on Dead Lines
Somehow, I seem to have missed a bunch of January deadlines. Now I’m looking at the upcoming slate of anthologies and the deadlines are March, April, May, June… which seems so far in the future, but I know those January deadlines I missed seemed far in the future when I heard about them the first time, too. Between pregnancy, baby and editing anthologies, I’ve let myself get rusty about submitting my own work in the past couple of years. I need to remedy that. Now.
Rejections suck, but you know what’s worse than rejection? Seeing a pretty, shiny new anthology with a theme I adore and knowing that I didn’t even bother to submit a story. I hate that feeling worse than a rejection.
So I have all of these upcoming deadlines lined up on my Mac in a neat little row and my goal is to submit to each of them at least 2 weeks (preferably 4 weeks) prior to the deadline listed on the calls for submissions. I’m tempted to go through and actually change the deadline dates just to trick my mind into meeting my own self-imposed goal. But I’m afraid it will be like my bathroom clock, which is set a few minutes fast and from which I always automatically deduct those extra minutes when I check the time (thereby making myself late anyway). I’ll play fair with myself for now, but that’s my goal and I’m going to try to stick to it. Which means I have 4 weeks to get those March stories out the door…
Anyone else have any little “rules” for themselves to make sure they don’t miss deadlines? Or am I the only deadbeat writer?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.