We are fast approaching the end of 2007. At this time, we can look over our contest history for the year and plan for the future. Do you have a list of all the editors who have seen your work via contest placements? Do you have a list of where each of your proposals has been submitted? This is a good time to organize and set yourself up for success in the coming year.
RWA chapters or contest sponsors usually offer the same contest every year. Look back at your past lists and make out a calendar showing the deadlines for each contest. You can get this information on the chapter's website. There may not be a list of editors or judges yet, but at least you'll have the contest in your sites to check on as the time approaches.
List your proposals and plan where each one will go. We have discussed on this blog the advantage of writing proposals only, so plan new proposals based on the contests you want to enter. This will not only be a savvy way to get your work out there, but it will be a strong motivation to get that work completed.
There are many ways to organize. A calendar showing each contest allows room to list the proposal you sent. Charts on the wall, a spreadsheet, or a filing system are ways to keep track of where each proposal goes. Be sure and list the editors and agents so you won't be sending the same work to the same judge.
Congratulations on all of you winners of 2007. Best wishes on your success in the coming new year. Sandra