Saturday, November 14, 2009

Keeping track of submissions...Oy!

I was sending out queries for my latest WIP. I got a little interest but one sweet editor gave me quite a critique (Thank You!) and I'm rethinking my opening now. So the brakes are on until I redo it. However when I started sending it out I put it all in a file somewhere on my computer so I could track who/when sent/when returned and not query the same one twice. (How embarrassing would that be?) But here's the problem...
I can't find it. It's hiding somewhere in my computer but I can't remember what I named it or where I put it. Hmmmm....
Now the Halston update:

Stitches are out. (She didn't like that at all-we had to pin her down to get them out.) But the biopsy on the tumor came back as a class 2 out of 3. This means there is a really good chance it could come back, somewhere. So they recommend something called Neoplazene (hope I spelled that right) which is a newer drug that stops cancer cells from dividing. So we're probably going to do it. I've looked it up and it seems to be fairly safe. The only side effect is vomiting and diarrhea which can be controlled by lowering the dose. Most of the case studies I've read in dogs show good results and at Halston's age(13) she'll probably be on it for the rest of her life.
It is what it is.


Natasha Fondren said...

That sounds great. I'm wishing him lots of luck with it!

Good luck with the submissions. I bookmarked a couple programs that do it, although I suppose an Excel file would be just fine. I've looked into Word Hustler (which, contrary to what it appears like, does not mass query or write the queries for you), which will be great for me. They print and mail, and considering I have no access to a printer on the road, it's a lifesaver. Kinko's probably will do the same thing. I'll have to check.

Charles Gramlich said...

I feel bad that he has to take that med but if it helps then you have to do it. I'm sending good wishes his way. And yours.

Aimless Writer said...

I'm doing queries only via email at this point. If they have to have it my snail mail I'm putting them last on my list.
I'm leary of listing my submissions in an online database, but I'll take a look at Word Hustler.

Aimless Writer said...

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, it's a hard decision to make about the medicine but it's more of damned if you do, damned if you don't choice. If its too much for her we'll just stop it and let nature take it's course. However, we have to try.
Thanks for your good wishes!

Melanie Avila said...

Poor Halston. :(

I just have a word document where I keep track of submissions. I also have a giant document with info on each agent I've queried, or have interest in querying, and I also track dates on that page, that way I won't forget.

Good luck with the new opening.