Beta Test a New Submission Tracking System for Writers

February 5, 2014 — 2 Comments

Submittrs is a new submission tracking system for writers (for all genres). The software is in the development stage with a projected launch of 2015. The developers are looking for beta testers and supporters (at any level) through Indiegogo here. It doesn’t look like you would need to be based in any particular country to participate. Latest date to sign up as a beta tester is March 3, 2014 or whenever the slots are filled.

I signed on as a tester so that I can have input into what looks like a better tracking system than what is currently offered through Duotrope.com or the submittable.com dashboard.

There is a five-minute video tour of the program on the Indiegogo site. It looks user-friendly and well-organized. I have reached a frustration point with my spreadsheet tracking system. By the time I track dozens of poems and chapbook manuscripts and book-length manuscripts, all simultaneously submitted, I am juggling more than I can handle.

Here are a few tweets related to the system:

One of my favorite features is the ability to track how much money you have spent on submission fees, and how much you have received in compensation for your publications. You will also be able to see every journal to which you have submitted a poem, and whether that poem was accepted or declined. Submittrs keeps track of journals that have accepted your work, and journals that have invited you to submit again in the future (nice rejection notes!). Overall, this system looks like a great time-saver.

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2 responses to Beta Test a New Submission Tracking System for Writers

  1. 

    I hear you about the frustration of spreadsheets. They aren’t really designed to work with that kind of data in a user-friendly way. I’ve used a database (in MS Access) for about a year, and it’s much more adaptable to the data and easier to navigate. What I like about the database most — as opposed to online submission trackers — is that I designed it, and I’ve got the option to change the setup whenever I want, so I can actually expand and adapt parts of the database as new uses come up and I have to access different kinds of data in different ways. For instance, right now I’m adding a part for contests. Originally, I had these listed as sub-data in the Journals part of the database, but now I’m finding that insufficient for the various kinds of contests I’m coming across. Another really cool ability of databases is that you can correlate particular data in different parts, so that when you make a change it “cascades” through the database (you don’t have to hunt down all the related cells, as in a spreadsheet, and change them manually). I’m sure that Submittrs is aiming high, but if you’re willing to sit down and spend a day teaching yourself Access and how to design a database and make use of its functionality (and you’ll pick up more tricks the longer you use it), nothing beats having absolute power over your information. I’m not dependent on some web developer somewhere who has no intimate knowledge of my submission practices or how I like my information organized.

    • 

      Thanks for your detailed comment, Joshua. Yes, I’m using and testing several systems at once to see what works for me. Spreadsheets can work well if you take the time to learn all of the features and spend the time to keep entries consistent and not sloppy. It’s definitely a learning process as you add more and more poems (“data”) to your tracking system.

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