Poets and Writers - - Letters - D. A. (DAISY) HICK­MAN

I en­joyed Joey Franklin’s “Sub­mit That Man­u­script! Why Send­ing Out Your Work Is So Im­por­tant” (July/Au­gust 2017). The es­say high­lights many valid rea­sons to sub­mit a man­u­script and should be help­ful to any­one feel­ing in­de­ci­sive about the next dead­line. I would add yet one more rea­son to keep sub­mit­ting, even if you’re not sure if the piece is ready: Once you sub­mit, your work has found a tem­po­rary home, and you can, with­out a guilty con­science, turn your at­ten­tion else­where for a while— per­haps to­ward an­other project you are ea­ger to work on, or de­vot­ing time to re­search­ing lit­er­ary agents or send­ing out

queries, or even tak­ing an over­due va­ca­tion. I’ve opted for self-pub­lish­ing, but be­fore I did, sub­mit­ting my work kept things mov­ing for­ward. Through this cu­ri­ous and often frus­trat­ing process, I learned in­valu­able lessons that al­lowed me to grow as a writer, in­clud­ing the dis­ci­pline of edit­ing, pa­tience, and the art of polishing my work at least “one more time.” We writ­ers don’t know where the sub­mis­sion trail will lead, yet no mat­ter where it be­gins or ends, ev­ery­thing we en­counter along the way be­comes part of the words, the pages, and the books that we will one day write.

Brook­ings, South Dakota

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