#E4W Using Evernote to Keep Track of Writing or Creative Submissions

Evernote-for-Writers-Square200.pngThis is a supplementary post to today’s #26Tech A-Z Submission and Sales Tracking Apps post.

This post falls under the #Evernote4Writers book to blog series.

Read on for how to create and maintain a submission tracking dataset within Evernote.

One of the ways I personally use Evernote is for tracking my writing projects overall. Setting up a notebook or notebook stack for submissions is an easy matter, and recording both markets or publisher details into a table in a note, and submissions work is also easy and very customisable.

I would do it like this:-

Setup a notebook stack for Submissions. Inside would be 3 notebooks: Publishers, Markets, and Submissions/Works.

Publishers and Markets Notebooks:

Using the Evernote Web Clipper etc I would fill the publishers and markets notebooks with relevant details, taking the submission instructions off the websites where available. Each publisher or market or competition would have an individual note.

Manuscript or Works Notes

For each work or manuscript I would create an individual note, which would include a brief log-line or synopsis, and wordcount.

A table would track the submissions data between versions of the manuscript and individual publishers.  A similar table would work for tasks or actions or things to keep an eye on for when the manuscript is being published.

Follow-up dates and task action dates can be put onto the note as an Evernote reminder, with date. As each passes, a new reminder for the next date can be set. Reminders can be set as alerts to be notified through email or various other task management apps (I use Gneo).

Linking it all Together

The manuscript notes and publisher and/or market notes can be linked together using internal Note Links. Clicking on these from any note will open the relevant linked note.

Correspondence between publisher and author (via email) can simply be forwarded into Evernote (using the evernote email address), saved into the Submissions/Works notebook and then merged with the appropriate note – select the manuscript note first, then the email, and the email will merge to the bottom.

To keep an eye on all the submissions, inside the Submissions/Works notebook I would keep a Submissions Index note, holding a simple table which note links through to the individual manuscript notes.

I’ve mocked up some manuscripts, publishers and screenshots for you.


Evernote for Writers Square200#Evernote4Writers: This post formed part of an ongoing series to blog a book, “Evernote for Writers”. The posts from this series, offering a guide to using Evernote as a writer, can be found under the tag: E4W, #Evernote4Writers,or #E4W. An index will be provided from the top menu.

#26Tech: This post was a supplement to today’s #26Tech post entitled Submission and Sales Tracking Apps.  You will find the other posts under tag: #26Tech or an index post will be provided on May 1st.

8 thoughts on “#E4W Using Evernote to Keep Track of Writing or Creative Submissions

    1. I’m sure many writers do track submissions and certainly markets via index cards like this. I still love those rotator card holders for addresses etc, but digital, of course, is easier to keep updated and linked with hyperlinked.

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