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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => The Craft of Writing => Topic started by: ChickenGrease on September 10, 2013, 05:51 AM

Title: How much is too much?
Post by: ChickenGrease on September 10, 2013, 05:51 AM
Howdy Hey!

Is there a limit as to how many submissions you can send to one publisher?  For example, what if I sent 2-3 separate submissions per week to one publisher?  Is that too many?  What are your thoughts/experiences?

Merci!
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: Mrs. Jones on September 10, 2013, 06:04 AM
Poodlesnoodles, can you be specific? Are you asking about magazine submissions? Picture books? Novels?

Generally speaking, it's probably a good idea to limit your submissions to one, and wait until you hear about that one before submitting any others. But every situation is different, and it would be easier for people to chime in if you offered a little more information about your specific goals.
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: Stephen on September 10, 2013, 06:22 AM
If it is book publishers 3 maybe 4 per year
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: olmue on September 10, 2013, 07:14 AM
If we're speaking of book publishers, you shouldn't send more than one at a time to the same publisher. Once you've heard back on one, you can send another. If you letter bomb them, they will remember you, but not in a good way... Also, one possible scenario is that they like the writing, but the story won't work in the current market, so they ask what else you have. It's nice to have something to show them. Another possible scenario is that they have writing suggestions that will improve all your writing, not just the thing you sent. It would be nice to have the chance to revise.

You can always let them know it's a simultaneous submission, and then submit the same thing to *other* publishers at the same time, though, if you're feeling antsy.

If you mean magazines, then I have no idea. Maybe someone else can chime in.
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: mrh on September 10, 2013, 07:34 AM
The same would apply with magazines.

You can send one ms. to several markets at a time as long as they all accept that practice. But don't send a second, third, or fourth ms. to an editor who hasn't responded on the first one yet, unless there's a "no response means no" policy and the date to assume rejection has passed.

In case you are writing picture books, an editor or agent who's interested in your first ms. may contact you and ask to see several more mss. before making an offer to buy or rep you. But you still wouldn't be sending that extra material without a request to do so.   
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: Yvonne Ventresca on September 10, 2013, 07:43 AM
I agree with Olmue. By waiting for their response, you can incorporate changes and make your next submission stronger. By sending multiple things too soon, besides being perceived negatively, you lose that opportunity.
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: ChickenGrease on September 10, 2013, 08:11 AM
Oopsie, sorry, I forgot to specify that I was talking about children's magazine submissions.  For example, if I were submitting a short story manuscript to "Jack and Jill", I should only submit one and wait until I get a response before submitting another?

Thanks for your responses!  :-)
Title: Re: How much is too much?
Post by: mrh on September 10, 2013, 09:57 AM
Oopsie, sorry, I forgot to specify that I was talking about children's magazine submissions.  For example, if I were submitting a short story manuscript to "Jack and Jill", I should only submit one and wait until I get a response before submitting another?

Yes. You can send that same story to other magazines before you hear back from J&J, but don't send another story to J&J before you hear back on this one, assuming J&J responds to submissions, which my info indicates they do. If you should happen to get a personalized R, you might be able to use any information in there to improve your next story and increase your chances.