Just Write Cat

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Keeping Track of Your Submissions November 26, 2010

Now, I just love that title…keeping track of your submissions. How many times have you submitted today??? Okay – on with the post…

I recently blogged about freelance writing over at Inky Fresh Press. If you read any of the articles, I hope they were of help!

I thought I’d mention the submission tracking tool I use for my freelance writing. It’s not too fancy – which is fine as it’s easy to use, does what I need, and is free. Here’s the link: http://www.spacejock.com/Sonar3.html

Basically you can use this software to keep track of freelance markets (magazines, newspapers, etc.), as well as all of the articles you submit/write. When I first started using it – oh, around three months ago – I wasn’t sure I needed any kind of tracking tool at all. I figured I’d be fortunate enough to get an article or two out there, and could easily keep track of those.

Well, I’m super thrilled to report that as of this morning – I had definite use of the Sonar 3. As I was about to request 2011 editorial calendars from a couple of magazines…I realized I might have already done so. I checked my handy submission tool – and yep, I’d recently emailed one of the magazines. See – without that good old Sonar…I would’ve bothered an editor with a duplicate request. It’s never, never good to bother an editor.

The main reason I’m happy I had to rely on the tool – it meant I had enough queries out and articles accepted that solid organization was in order. That’s good news!

So – check it out. Again, it’s basic in appearance but really does meet your needs. At least when starting out as a freelance writer.


Freelance Writing Guest Post, II November 22, 2010

Filed under: Freelance,Writing — justwritecat @ 8:43 pm

My second post on freelance writing is up at Inky Fresh Press!  Please check it out –

Happy Writing –



Miss Snark’s Bakers Dozen Auction November 12, 2010

Filed under: Agents,Query,Social Media,Writing Contests — justwritecat @ 3:34 am

You do know about the incredibly cool Baker’s Dozen auction over at Miss Snark’s First Victim, don’t you? How this gal finds the time to put such things together is beyond me, but she does – and we (writers) are the better for it. Hop over to her blog for the details, then take a look at the list below for a ‘cheat sheet’ on the agents, authors and editor participating in the contest. Even if you don’t enter (or win), you can use the list when researching agents to query. Um, you do research agents that might prove a good fit, right? Because sending out queries willy-nilly wouldn’t be the best way to go…

Please note – the info below is based on what I found on the web/agent blogs/agency websites. Always check for the most up-to-date info before querying an agent. If you click on the name of the agency, you will get an ‘about agent’ page with genre, interests, etc.

And…many of the talented individuals listed below are also into social media. I didn’t list facebook or twitter accounts, because well – that seemed sort of ‘stalkerish’.



Ammi-Joan Paquette– agent with EMLA 

Interviews on Cynsations and Guide to Literary Agents

Danielle Chiotti – agent with Upstart Crow (how can you not love the name of the agency??)

Interviews – World Hustler and Guide to Literary Agents

Josh Getzler – agent with Russell & Volkening  

Interviews – Guide to Literary Agents

Kate McKean – agent with Howard Morhaim Agency  

Interviews – Guide to Literary Agents

Kathleen Ortiz – agent with Lowenstein Associates  

Her Website: http://www.kathleenortiz.com/ 

Laura BradfordBradford Literary Agency

Interviews – Guide to Literary Agents

Lauren MacLeod – agent with The Strothman Agency

Interviews: http://www.strothmanagency.com/articles/2010/july/lauren-macleod-interviewed-galleycat

Guide to Literary Agents 

Melissa Jeglinski – agent with The Knight Agency

Interviews: http://www.ninc.com/blog/index.php/archives/meet-agent-melissa-jeglinski

Women on Writing

Michelle Wolfsonhttp://www.wolfsonliterary.com/

Interviews: http://kierstenwrites.blogspot.com/2009/09/q-with-michelle-wolfson-super-agent.html

Sarah LaPolla – agent with Curtis Brown
Her blog – Big Glass Cases

Interviews – MotherWrites and Guide to Literary Agents

Suzie Townsend – agent with Fine Print Literary Management

Blog: http://confessionsofawanderingheart.blogspot.com/

Interviews: http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com/2010/03/agent-spotlight-suzie-townsend.html
Tina Wexler – agent with ICM

Interviews: http://algonkianconferences.com/agent-TinaWexler.htm



Weronika Janczuk – agent with D4EO Literary

 Blog: http://www.weronikajanczuk.com/

Genres She Reps http://www.weronikajanczuk.com/p/agent.html

Other Helpful Links http://www.weronikajanczuk.com/p/what-i-read.html – some books she likes and what she’d love to see, by genre (I thought this was incredibly helpful of her to offer)



Stacy Whitman

Her blog: http://slwhitman.livejournal.com/

Interview: http://nathaliemvondo.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/interview-editor-stacy-whitman-of-tu-publishing/


Holly Bodger http://hollybodger.com/

Jodi Meadows http://www.jodimeadows.com/Home.html

Beth Revis http://www.bethrevis.com/

(notice how the authors above ALL have blogs? Hmm….)


Guest Post on Inky Fresh Press…The Money Side of Things November 8, 2010

Filed under: Freelance,Life,Writing — justwritecat @ 8:00 am
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This month Inky Fresh Press is blogging about the money side of this whole ‘writing thing’. To read my take on the topic, please check out my guest post. I was truly honored to be asked to provide a guest post – and writing for another blog proved a worthwhile learning experience.

I hope you enjoy my thoughts on the subject!