Are You Still Not Tracking Submissions?



This week, I’ll talk about submissions.

Manuscript Tracking Software

There are many ways to do this, including Excel or other spreadsheets. But I’m still using SAMM, written by KC (Kevin) Cummings and distributed FREE.

Valuable Features

  • Market’s Part of the Database
    It has a database for markets: when I hear of an editor moving, I immediately update the database. There’s also a column for comments/notes, so I add any additional information. Once, I needed an editor to speak at a conference on the topic of humor. I searched the Notes section and found a great editor. It’s easy to keep updated.
  • Submissions Part of the Database
    The feature I appreciate most here is the ability to include an Alert. So, I usually set an Alert for three months after the submission to remind me to “Check Status.”

The SAMM program may be old: but it’s not outdated. It’s been flexible enough to grow with me. This is a Windows program, but there’s a link to a similar Mac program.

  • Terrie
    March 9, 2008

    I have also been using SAMM for many years and LOVE it. I can keep adding notes about each publisher with dates of when editors come and go and what they like and how their submission guidelines change. I also love the alerts and as I get to know how long certain editors take, I can set the alert to fit their typical response patterns. If you haven’t already gone deep into creating your own database, this is definitely worth a try to start out with………

  • Tina
    June 6, 2014

    Hi Darcy: What do you recommend for tracking submissions these days? I had my SAMM data all backed up — but the download link above is broken.

  • Darcy Pattison
    June 7, 2014

    Hi, Tina:
    Unfortunately, we’re back to a spreadsheet.
    I don’t have any other ideas for you.