A little over a year ago, I launched my online course Submission Savvy. I designed the course to help bloggers who were new to having their writing published online better understand the benefits, pitfalls, and best practices of digital publication and ultimately start getting published.
Over the course of the year I re-launched the course several times with updates and new bonuses, and had fun checking in with course registrants to address questions and follow progress. I recently reached out to course participants to see how they were doing with their publication goals and get feedback on the course. Here is how 4 different participants used the course and found success.
Terri Jackson of At the Back of the North Wind
Terri published a piece called In Camelot! on Life in 10 Minutes, a site publishing stories that have been written in just ten minutes. Terri’s story reflects on the death of family members and weaves in relevant excerpts from the movie Camelot in a literary morsel just under 500 words. Terri will also have a story included in their upcoming anthology “9 Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology” published by Chop Suey Book Books in Richmond, VA.
Terri’s favorite tips from Submission Savvy:
- Be brave, submit work.
- Make use of the Submission Tracker! Worth its weight in gold to keep everything straight.
- Don’t change your voice to fit the publication, research to find the publication for your voice.
- Be kind. Every editor that sent me a rejection letter got a letter back from me thanking them for the gift of their time and consideration. I heard back from every single one inviting me to submit again.
- I realized my writing goal was educate and advocate, not necessarily about how many times I get published.
- Stop chasing publications that you don’t read. Even if they are popular. Write where you resonate.
- Its okay to take time to reflect, take some writing classes, growth takes quiet time.
- I don’t fear rejection anymore, its not personal – my words just were not a fit for them. I still get disappointed, but sometimes I am grateful when a piece/chapbook gets rejected. My chapbook submission got rejected, so I am taking a class on how to write a book proposal. I am going to use the momentum from the shape that the chapbook took to flesh out my book. Rejection can be a good thing because it re-directs your energy and focus.
Kaye Curren of Write That Thang!
Kaye’s personal challenge was finding the courage to submit her work and overcoming her fear of rejection. One day she worked up the courage and thought “I’ve been disliked before. I have been rejected before. Just SEND IT!” Within 24 hours she had an acceptance! Since starting the Submission Savvy course, Kaye has had quite a few things published, including a story on Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop blog that got a great response from readers. The humor post was called Not my privates you don’t, about a shirt that was not airport security-friendly and the hilarious chaos that ensued. Kaye also had a piece published on DivorcedMoms.com called 5 Valuable Lessons I Learned After My Husband Left Me offering tips for those who find themselves in an unwanted divorce. Writers at DivorcedMoms earn stars based on views and comments that allow you to work your way to higher authorship titles and writer benefits. Kaye has already earned a purple star for 500 article views with her first piece.
Kaye’s feedback on Submission Savvy:
“Submission Savvy has allowed me to organize my thoughts on publishing blog posts like no other article or class. For one thing, I can see that Susan has been there, done that, and is graciously sharing her ups and down – saving me HOURS of work. I had recently made a digital file of sites I would like to investigate. They numbered about fifty. Then I tried to researching each. Feeling overwhelmed and confused, I found myself avoiding the work – putting it on the shelf. I was weeks into that avoidance when Susan came along with her Submission Savvy course. In addition, walking systematically through the course has made me more confident and less afraid to move forward. I feel like I have a friend.”I've been disliked before. I have been rejected before. JUST PRESS SEND! Click To Tweet
Mithra Ballesteros of The Bubble Joy
Mithra’s favorite piece she’s had published since taking the Submission Savvy course is called The Woman Who Loved Unicorns And Other Lessons in Decorating on 1010ParkPlace. This piece is a fun look at theme decorating that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Mithra’s feedback on Submission Savvy:
“I got so much out of Susan’s class. Some of the goals I set with Susan didn’t mean anything to me until recently. She makes you work ahead. It’s like custom designing a career for future you. Very inspiring. Also, the industry changes so rapidly, yet somehow Susan competently keeps up, sharing generously with her students. Second of all, submitting your writing is a complex business. Susan’s class breaks down the process. She enhances your knowledge base with very detailed suggestions. If you are a novice, this class is worth every penny. Same goes if you are branching into a new niche. Or if you need a confidence boost. The woman has your back!”It's like custom designing a career for future you. Click To Tweet
Crystal Duffy of CrystalDuffy.net
Crystal has had several pieces published including I’m a Certified Mother: How My Three Young Children Gave Me a Second Career on Mamapedia, and I’ve Put a Moratorium on Playdates—It’s Time for Mom to Carve Out Some Time for Herself Instead on Scary Mommy. Both are sites she felt were a good fit for her niche of parenting writing and her style/voice.
Crystal’s feedback on Submission Savvy:
“The Submission Savvy course is the perfect course for anyone wanting to grow as a writer. It is well organized, detailed and contains examples and links to additional articles on the topics being discussed. The course helped me to develop an achievable strategy for my growth as a writer through setting realistic goals for myself and challenging myself to write out of my comfort zone. I love writing personal essays, but have started to branch out and do more list posts. Additionally, the course emphasized how to foster existing relationships with editors and ideas on how to promote your work once it is published. I found the submission tracker spreadsheet to be an invaluable tool—that has helped me stay organized, focused and on track for my future projects. The course inspired and motivated me to keep writing and keep submitting.”Rejection is like a quest to find the best place for your work Click To Tweet