Which Way Was Better

Sometimes I stop and think about how submissions took place when I was younger. And I start to think which way was better?




I remember the constant research. Looking at books on how to submit, Writer’s Market each year. Where do I send this query letter? Then there was the SASE, you want that printed story back to send somewhere else. Right? 

It was a pain, but it felt good. It felt professional.
Now it’s just include the story in the body of an email, or attach a .doc or .docx file.

Sometimes I feel I’m being scammed, hardwired not to trust emails and links and such, but maybe I’m just old fashioned.

As I get used to the new age of things, I realize how much easier it is, and how much faster I can resubmit because of this. 

Instant gratification, or rejection.

But no longer can I tack up rejection letters on a corkboard and lean back in my rolling chair, looking at the haphazard pages as proof that I submitted something and someone gave a response.

I mean, I guess one can print up the emails and tack them up. But it’s just not the same.

Now you can get those stories out to more places, get a response back and keep on moving. Send the email and get back to writing--or self-advertising, which is becoming a must if you want to sell your stories these days.

So, while it is easier and opens up time for a writer to do other things, like maybe write! It just isn’t the same for me, at least muse wise. 

I'm still good! 

Which way do you prefer  or are you too young to remember the old way of submitting  

Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter  @WCMarchese.

Hope to see you there. 

WCM


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