Pub Subbers

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Are you a Pub Subber?  

I am not an editor, publisher, or agent. I am a writer and illustrator who wants to encourage you to submit your work so it can be published. I invite you to be a Pub Subber.

A Pub Subber submits one or more of their quality works on a regular basis (preferably monthly) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. They believe that when they submit their work often, it leads to publication.

Do you submit at least one of your manuscripts to an editor or agent once a month? Then you are a Pub Subber.

We have 25 members now in the PubSubbers Yahoo Group. There is a Pub Subbers Facebook group that started October 31, 2018.

Join one of the  Pub Subbers groups to post successes, ask members for help. share your blogs and writing. We’ll encourage you all the way to publication. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission to a publisher or agent. We are not publishers or agents. We are writers who are working to get published. To join, send an email to me at with subject: Pub Subbers. Tell me your first and last name and why you’d like to join and I’ll send you an invitation.

Join the Facebook Pub Subbers group at

Here are a few badges to encourage you to Pub Sub:

I AM A PUB SUBBER FEB 24, 2015 Believe Pub Sub1

Be Smart Submit Pub Sub






Pub Subbers Plan for Submitting Your Manuscript

Click on each week to see the steps to get you ready for submission each month.

Before you get started, here are two posts on my blog to help you find a publisher or an agent:



Week 1 Choose an editor, agent, or contest.
Week 2 Follow their guidelines.
Week 3 Time to Submit to agent, editor, contest, critique group, or professional editor
Week 4  Write, Revise, Critique, Live, Educate, Motivate, and Celebrate

Thanks for reading my blog. Good luck with getting all of your manuscripts published.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © Joan Y. Edwards 2010-2019

23 thoughts on “Pub Subbers”

  1. Hi Joan,
    I’m only now starting on my first children’s book. How do I go about joining up for Pub Sub 3rd Friday?

  2. Mary W. Jensen wrote me this note in an email today:

    Congratulations, Mary. I am very proud of you. I’ll add your name to the Pub Subbers 2011 list.

    Today, Oct 21, I submitted three poems–“Fly With Me,” “The Sun Sets,” and “Window”–to Bull Spec Magazine.

    Mary (Feywriter)

  3. This will be good for me. I am the type who loves to write and who hates to sub. But I’m gonna go for it.

    Deep breath.

  4. I did it a day early.

    PB entitled: A Secret

    Sterling Publishing Company


    Yeah! Fist pump, woo, woo, woo!

  5. A MG novel. THE WAY BACK HOME Chapters 14 & 15.

    To my critique group.

    Thank you for giving me the motivation to do this.

  6. Hi Joan, Please do add my name to PubSubbers because of submitting TERROR’S IDENTITY yesterday. I also have JAKE, THE SUPERCOWBOY ready to mail tomorrow. It’s going to Melissa Manlove at Chronicle because her passion is picture books and her house has published tall tales in the past. I’m also going submit my middle grade novel, EMILY’S RIDE TO COURAGE to Mallory Kass at Scholastic tomorrow and Amy Lennex of Sleeping Bear Press is getting picture book CAT CATCHING ZOË. I did submit JAKE to Marietta Zacker last Wednesday and she rejected it last Wednesday. So I’m busy putting my chin out for stroking or bruising. Good luck to all of us taking the plunge. Sarah

    1. Look at you. Go, Sarah. Go. I got a rejection from Marietta Zacker, too. So did a friend of mine. It’s sad, but it is what it is. We have to accept it. Reassess our situation and our writing, Search for a better place and submit again. I added your name to the Pub Subber page. I am excited that you have submitted many works! May you be successful in all your goals.

      Never Give Up
      Pub Sub Often
      Joan Y. Edwards

  7. No longer MG. I’ve been told over and over it’s YA. So I finally got the message.

    The Way Back Home

    Chapter two to my critique group.

  8. A Secret

    Picture book manuscript

    Bright sky Press

    I’m a little late but thank you for keeping me at it.

    Joy Moore

  9. Dear Joan,
    This blog was very timely. I’m now writing in 2 genres romance and childrens books. I have not had anything critqued in very long time. Thank you again for this blog

  10. Please answer both questions completely:. . What’s the easiest way to make sure that if I copyright something, that it’s mine without have to copyright each article or blog individually?. . ALSO: . . I’m a poet and I want to copyright my work without have to pay “per poem” – how can I do that, but also be able to get things copyrighted regularly?.

    1. Dear Kon,
      Thanks for writing.
      As soon as you put something down on paper or type it into a computer, it is copyrighted. You have to print out a copy or save a copy on your computer. Make sure you put your name on it and date it.

      To get a blanket copyright for works, see the US Copyright office, it will help you.

  11. Hey Joan, my name is Richie and I am in a literary critic workshop which is held at upper class bistros, coffee houses,etc.Problem is I often times feel that I do not fit as I am a recovering opioid abuser.I have pondered and asked the universe to open doors all around me, and things are starting to manifest in my life that come in all shapes and sizes. I have a sobriety date of 4/20/17 and am currently under the care of AA,NA,and IOP……however I have ALOT of stories to tell. At the first literary workshop, I was 30 minutes late, and I did not get to share my work because it is raw, hand written, and I can only afford so many copies….that being said I did get to share my work with one girl named Lisa. My point is this….she and I went back and forth between whether or not she should read it aloud or moi.Long story short, we decide to let me read it…and her response to the “stream of consciousness” writing that is my strong point, well, let’s just say that I was blown away and almost cried in my bathtub later that evening. I dunno, I am looking for an agent, publisher, I am going to see my dream manifest.IT’S GONNA HAPPEN. Thank you sooooooo much for giving me the opportunity to email you. Sincerely, Richard wan, TaoteRich, richie rich, and ghost 👻 rider. No I didn’t give those names to myself, it’s my Facebook friends and they are absolute beauties, men included. Till next time, STAY TUNED.

    1. Dear Richie,
      You fit in. No one is perfect. If God is happy with you, don’t worry about others. Do your writing. Read it aloud to yourself first. Revise. Then read it aloud again. Revise. Then share it with others. Here’s the thing. When you share with others you have to be able to handle a “Yes” or “No.” It is difficult at times. Sometimes it has stopped me in my tracks for a long time. Know that it’s important for you to get your writing out there. The world needs to hear what you have to say even if some people don’t like it. It’s okay. Ask the people who listen or read it to tell you what they like. I’m sort of rambling on. My point is to believe in you and your writing. Good luck. Never Give Up! I am very very proud of you!

      Joan Y. Edwards

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