Keeping track of your submissions is always important. However, what this post is about has nothing to do with software such as QueryTracker or Sonar. What I’m referring to is the online submission system some magazines have adopted. Does submitting through their site make the process easier for you?
Pros: Submitting through a site such as Clarkesworld and Fantasy Magazine could help you sleep at night. Not every magazine has adopted a “submission received” email system for various reasons. You submit your story/article/poem and are forced to wait weeks or months, wondering if the editors even have it. The wait could be prolonged if your story was lost in cyberland and you have to resubmit. An online submission system could help provide better communication between authors and editors.
Cons: I recently submitted a story to Fear and Trembling Magazine. A part of their contributor tools is the ability to review your story’s status. I can’t help but check the site at least once or twice a day. I know there are like forty submissions ahead of mine but I still can’t resist the urge to check. It can make a person obsessive.