Heya @JeePers, thanks for the feedback.
We’ve received this feedback from a number of users now, so it’s clear to us that we’ve not done made the whole writers workflow with Literarium clear enough. It’s something we’re hoping to improve in a new version of the product.
As has been mentioned in this thread so far, we’d love to be able to allow users to submit directly to publishers through Literarium, although this is no small feat. Its something we’ve got a few ideas about, and would like to attack it later later this year.
For the time being, submissions within Literarium are quite basic. They’re a simple record that you create as a reminder that you’ve sent out work to a particular market.
So what’s the point of tracking submissions with Literarium then? For a busy writer with dozens of submissions out at any point in time it’s easy to lose track of what work is out and what needs following up on. If you tell Literarium what work you’ve submitted, then we can do the following for you:
- Remind you when the submission probably needs to be followed up on, because it’s approaching / exceeding the market’s expected response time. We do this via an email notification and the writer’s dashboard on Literarium’s home page.
- Inform you about the suitability of your work for that particular market.
- Some markets don’t like you to submit your work to other markets if they’re currently considering your submission, so we’ll warn you if you attempt to send your work to another market in this situation.
Asides these features we also gather information about submissions people record in Literarium to calculate submission statistics against each Market in our directory. So we can tell you per market how many acceptances, rejections, and average response time for submissions.
As for Tasks and Work…
Tasks are essentially for tracking writing tasks like, “organise proof read”, or “research fly fishing for the back story of character x”, which you can record against your work. If you set a due date for these writing tasks then we can remind you when the tasks are due via the writers dashboard (the literarium home page).
The Work page is for recording all of the literary works that you’ve got to submit to markets. Recording information about your literary works (like their genre, manuscript type, length) in Literarium help us suggest to you markets you may be interested in. Having your work in Literarium also allows you to use the submissions feature for tracking submissions against your work.
Anyways, I hope that goes some way to demystifying some of the features in Literarium. We’ll be spending a good part of this year trying to figure out a better way we can show off these features without leaving our users confused.