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Offline GrinReaper

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Writer's Database
« on: June 20, 2006, 07:03:01 PM »
When I was sending out lots of stories I used a program called Writers Database to keep track of which stories I'd sent out, where I'd sent them, etc.

Then I got out of the habit, swapped computers and so lost the program.

I'm now getting back into sending stories out. Writers Database was fine, but I'm just wondering if, in the years since, anyone has found anything better?

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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2006, 09:30:01 PM »
Hey Grin,
Don't know how much help it is but I use Sonar, it's free on Spacejock.com.  It's easy to use and helps keep me organized.  I also use a notebook because I've lost a few programs and files, too.

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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2006, 03:27:10 AM »
Yep - you don't need anything fancy.  Sonar is supposed to be a good one (I don't use anything - don't often sub).  Here's a link to Spacejock - http://www.spacejock.com/ if you want to try any of the free progs :smiley:
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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2006, 09:41:44 AM »
I use Excel. It does require you to update, at any rate. Keeping the habit is important. I've tracked my subs (am a bit behind) and came up with a 34% acceptance rate, so about 1/3 of my subs are getting published. Mind you, that's all media, not just print. And I don't include my book(s) in that spreadsheet. That would be too damn depressing!  :D
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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2006, 02:30:59 PM »
I use Excel too. You can make the story titles links to the story on your hd, keep a running word count, colour code for fiction / non-fiction / type / genre, and you could link the time function with an actuator to make you a cup of tea!

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2006, 02:38:49 PM »
I keep meaning to get to grips with Excel, but I never seem to get around to it.  Maybe one day - manana, etc.  It'd probably help if I got a few lessons on it at a college sometime - I get the impression it's quite simple to use once you know a few of the basics.
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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2006, 04:28:48 PM »
Excel for me too i'm afraid
I've a vast grid with too many goddam rejections filled in brassy red for my liking  ;)
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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2006, 09:53:00 PM »
Thanks guys. I'll check out Sonar ... althought I have to say the idea of getting Excel to make me a cup of tea is very intriguing!  ::)

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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2006, 08:20:24 AM »
I really should have a go at Excel but just can't come to terms with it for some reason.  I also use the online sub tracker on duotrope--keeps up with the acceptance ratio and how many mss I've subbed this year and in the current month, which were rejected/accepted/withdrawn.  My 23% acceptance rate is pretty good considering the high number of submissions.  I like the duotrope site for tracking/market listings and such.  I try to keep it updated but sometimes I forget, or get in too big of a hurry  ::)

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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2006, 08:47:59 AM »
23% acceptance rate is pretty damn good, Sharon :huh:  All joking aside, it's probably a bit too good and might be a sign that you should be aiming higher with your subs? :afro:
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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2006, 09:20:37 AM »
 :yes:  Thanks, Blunt.  I don't know what the normal ratio is, though.

 :scratch:  Heck, I don't know.  I do have a couple out to 'better' markets than my 'usual'. 

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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2006, 02:05:47 PM »
I'm not sure either, but 23% is pretty close to 1 in 4, and I would guess 1 in 8 would be more like the average normal take-up rate.  That's is just a guess though :scratch:
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Re: Writer's Database
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2006, 05:52:40 PM »
That makes me feel pretty darn good!  :dance:  Especially considering that most of the local yokels thought I'd never get published even once  :grin: 

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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2006, 06:15:54 PM »
I don't think I've read anything of yours yet, Sharon :scratch:  Must fix that soon :afro:
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2006, 07:14:10 PM »
 :batterup:  You haven't?   >:(






Yah, we'll have to fix that, excuse me now......I have to go  :'(  and re-inflate me ego  :grin:

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