I’ve been meaning to do this for years, and I finally got around to it this afternoon. For the last 14 years, my haphazard system for keeping track of my story submissions has been a set of index cards. Yes, that’s right! I make my living as a software developer and I still use index cards in place of a database. The system is far from perfect, but it has worked for me, for the most part, except between 1998-2000 when I was hardly writing at all.
Today, I have not only captured this information in a simple database, but it is available for viewing online at:
Clicking that link will show you my active submissions: those stories that I have sent out and that I have not yet heard back on. There are a few links at the top of the page that will allow you to view all submissions in the database. Also, you can view submissions by story are market by clicking on the link for the corresponding story or market. It’s a very simple system but I hope to make some improvements in the not-too-distant future.
The system currently contains my submissions back through 2000. When I have a little more time, I will get the rest of the submission into the database. My list goes back to 1993 so there is still a lot more to get in. I will also be adding some submission stats when I have more time. But I’ve done enough for this evening.