20 September 2012

online finds 9/20: 5 submission trackers for writers

In case you haven’t heard, Our Lost Jungle will be hosting a Submit-O-Rama Challenge in October! This five-tier challenge was built to encourage writers in all genres to buckle down and get their hands dirty submitting as much of their work as they can in a month. Today, in preparation for the upcoming submission marathon, let’s focus on some great submission tracking tools for you to help you keep up with your written babies as you send them sprinting out into the world!

five great submission trackers for writers

the writer’s database
The Writer’s Database is a free database system that allows you to organize market listings (by genre, pay rate, contact information, response times, prestige and more) and keep track of all the manuscripts you’ve submitted. This database also helps you to track your writing habits, which is a great way to start getting into the habit of keeping track of them yourself, whether during or after this challenge!

duotrope 
Duotrope is a resource that is updated daily with new opportunities for writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. They offer a searchable database of markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, helpful stats, and a submission tracker for registered users (registration is free).

querytracker 
Unlike many submission managers, QueryTracker is unique in that it gets you in touch not only with presses, but also with literary agents! As the name suggests, you can also organize and track query letters. You can also interact directly with other writers via their social networking tools, including various forums and groups.

critique circle
Critique Circle is a veritable smorgasbord of resources for writers. Sign up for a free account and gain access to story plotting tools, free writing exercises, a manuscript progress tracker, reminders, and, yes, a submission tracker! This is a great resource not only for the submission tracker, but the great community of writers and wealth of other writerly resources it provides for free!

sonar 
Maybe you’re not a big fan of having to track your submissions online. If you’d like a bit more personal control over your submission tracking, consider downloading Sonar, a manuscript tracking program developed specifically for helping writers keep track of story and nonfiction submissions.  The latest update of Sonar refers to submissions as “works” to encourage nonfiction writers to use the program (they used to be called “stories”); while not specifically developed for poetry submission tracking, some flexibility on the part of the more poetically inclined could make this tool work!


*****

Want to stay connected? I invite you to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And sign up for free email updates from this blog in the top right corner of the page.

***** 

Check out other recent Online Finds posts on Our Lost Jungle:

9 comments:

  1. How helpful, Khara, to provide these links!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Patricia! I love these kinds of resources; they're great for so many reasons, and best of all free :)

      Delete
  2. Thank you Khara for all these great resources! I'm a new follower~
    I found you over at 'My Name is Not Bob Blog'~ Nice to meet you :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a pleasure to meet you as well, Ella! Thank you for stopping by. And the resources are my pleasure as well; anything to help other writers meet their goals!

      Delete
  3. Thanks for the resources, Khara! I'm currently using Querytracker myself, and it definitely beats my old pen and paper version.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I would love to hear more about your experience with QT's tracker tool!

      Delete
  4. Khara, I use Duotrope to keep track of story subs all the time, and I go to Querytracker to research agents. I wasn't familiar with the others, so I'll be checking those out, too. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks like Sonar isn't for Macs. Anybody have experience to the contrary? It seems to be only for Windows?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sonar apparently *can* work on the Mac OS; there are different install procedures, and I'm familiar with the system (or, as familiar as I am with Windows OS). The download page provides information on downloading it for Mac, and a few other writer reviews have mentioned version 3 is Mac-compatible.

      Unfortunately, most Mac submission tracking programs are for-pay only; they include "Published!" (sells for $29.99), and StoryMill (free trial version; sells for $49.95). I'd try to parse out the instructions for downloading Sonar for Mac before paying for anything else!

      Delete

Thank you so much for your comments! Please feel free to share your thoughts here; I look forward to engaging in conversation with you!

Popular Posts