The next best thing after having a manuscript accepted for publication is withdrawing it from other magazines you’ve submitted it to. I’ve been doing that today and I must say there’s a unique satisfaction in being able to say:
I am hereby withdrawing my essay “[title]” from consideration at [name of magazine] because it has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Thank you for your time.
Now in many cases I don’t even get to say that because of an online submission system. All I have to do is log on and click the Withdraw button. That’s short-lived satisfaction, but still there’s a sense of accomplishment when the screen refreshes and it says “withdrawn.”
The last chance to enjoy the withdrawing process is entering the date when I withdrew it into my submissions log, and of course typing “Accepted!” into the row of the magazine where it will be published.
In a way it’s sad that I should take pleasure in petty details like this but happiness is in the little things, and with the path towards publication being as arduous as it is, one needs to take delight in any little success.