To stop my pitching efforts getting hopelessly out of control, I’ve set up a pitching log where I can keep a really methodical approach. My template for this is shown below with a bit of explanation of what goes in each column… but this should mean I keep on top of following up and have an ongoing record of my pitching record.

DatePublicationContact namePitch ideaDates I followed upOutcome of pitchSubmission and publication dateIf commissioned, rate for articleWhen I sent itWhen I got paid