My last post offered tips on magazine query letters. This post is related to the same topic.
If you want to be published in periodicals, you’ll probably have several query letters out to various editors at the same time. Your proposal may have even been accepted, and you’ve got an article sent in, but not yet paid for. Whatever the case, it’s important to keep track of what you sent where and when you sent it. You can create your own form for tracking or do it by hand in a notebook. The important thing is to keep submission records.
Another thing you might want to do is create a list of periodicals for each query letter. If you get a rejection from the first magazine on your list, line through it and submit to the next one. Be aware that you can put yourself in a tight spot if you query the same idea to competing magazines at the same time if both editors accept your idea. That’s why I suggest you have a variety of query letters out at the same time–an article idea to a woman’s magazine, an article idea to a parenting magazine, an article idea to a niche market magazine such as one with a focus on a hobby or craft or specific demographic.
And, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with having two different article ideas queried to competing magazines at the same time. You might query one woman’s magazine with a health article and its direct competitor with a finance article.
The point is keep accurate submission records.