Simultaneous vs. Multiple — Oops!


     I sent a picture book manuscript out over a week ago, to three different publishers. That is called a simultaneous submission, though I may have put multiple submission by mistake!!! Hopefully, that will be overlooked. I used to think they were the same thing, but they aren’t. Simultaneous means you sent the same manuscript to more than one publisher at the same time. Multiple means you are sending other manuscripts to the same publisher, too. This can be confusing.

     So why did I type This is a multiple submission? How could I have made that error? I spent days coming up with the perfect cover letter and felt very satisfied by the time I’d perfected it to my liking. And the thing is, the publishing house that gets back with me the quickest, takes 6 – 8 weeks from when they receive it. The others I sent are a three month wait and a six month wait. And it’s one of my best pieces I’ve ever written.

     I’m so disappointed in myself for overlooking this. What I should have done was stepped away for a day or two before sending it off, then reread the cover letter. I was in such a hurry to send it off because the sooner it’s out there, the sooner I’ll hear back, right? Slow down, Vicki! A few extra days wouldn’t have hurt.

     Well, now I must be patient. Perhaps it won’t matter either way. And there’s nothing I can do about it.

     Lesson learned.


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