Yesterday, I posted about having a draft of a story pretty much lost, and not being able to do much about it (you can read that here.)
While I was going over what happened, as I was writing, I had an interesting thought. I use systems to submit to online magazines, if they tell me to use them.
But I also use email.
Some magazines (and copywriting clients) prefer to have documents sent to them directly, to an email address.
Maybe I’d done that before…
So I logged in, and found out that, yeah, I’d submitted that same story to another magazine. I accessed the attachment–ta-da! Perfect copy, with no feverish typing required.
This presented a problem, since I retooled a partial version of that story yesterday, and sent it off in a rush.
That rush was the problem. If I would have waited for a day or two, I would have submitted the right document, the first time. And since the magazine didn’t mention a deadline, I could have taken that day or so to slow down, sort things out, and generally…
I did something too fast, and I looked uh, interesting in the process.
Long story short, I withdrew the submission I worked on yesterday, and submitted the clean original copy of my story.
I panicked for nothing. Doing things too fast can lead to pain and problems, depending on the situation. And I have no direct control over cyberspace itself (although my thumb drive is another story altogether. Ditto for my backup methods).
How about you? Did you ever rush ahead on a project, only to end up having to retrace your (cyber) steps, and redo things? Drop me a line and let me know.
And make it an awesome weekend too, all right?
Until next time,