By Susan Sterett and Paul Collins
- When an advisor, or colleague, or coauthor says it’s time;
- When you have gathered feedback on your work at a conference or working group and revised;
- When you’ve checked that it fits with the structure and format of articles in the journal you want to send it to, and it engages issues the journal engages;
- When you can’t stand to look at it anymore;
- When you have worked your way through all the tasks in any of the excellent writing advice books; Wendy Belcher's is very helpful;
- When you have worked your way through any suggestions and you can’t think of what else to do.
You will notice that the theme is not to submit when you love your words; few people would submit work if that were the standard. If critical voices in your head are stopping you from sending something in, work on the critical voices. Anne Lamott has great suggestions.