Friday, January 18, 2013
Several web-based tools come to mind.
Duotrope is probably the most extensive of these. You can not only track your stories and submissions there, but it also provides a rich array of statistical data to help you search for the best market for your work. Recently Duotrope started charging membership fees ($50 per year), which has raised some debate over its value to writers. A serious discussion of this topic can be found at Nate Tower's blog.
Another very useful tool is the Submission Grinder, available through Diabolical Plots. I have not used the grinder yet, but it's set up similarly to Duotrope, except that you cannot track your stories on site, or search by story for a market (yet). The site promises to remain free forever, which is a definite plus, and they offer more in depth submission stats than Duotrope. Definitely an option.
A new tool under development is Submitomancy, which sounds very encouraging indeed. It promises to add a social layer to the submission database idea. They're into the final week and a half of startup funding at Indiegogo so be sure to check it out soon and drop your contribution into the bucket if it sounds like something you will use. It's certainly got my interest.
Another site that has proven durable over the years is Ralan.com This is more of a search site for markets, but it regularly hosts important announcements and news, particularly within the speculative literature field.
And for those of us who write flash fiction, Jim Harrington's Flash Fiction Chronicles is an indispensable market resource as is his Six Questions blog.
What tools do you use and/or recommend for keeping manuscript tracking at bay?