I'm really not into spreadsheets.
I don't really know how to use Excel. Or spreadsheets. Not really. I mean, I can open the program. I can put things into the little boxes. But what's the point? I don't know!
I know you can do all kinds of....math and stuff...using Excel. I know LOTS of businesses want you to have any idea of how to use it (because that's what they put in their want ads) but beyond that? I've got better grasp on nuclear physics. And I'm not exaggerating.
I use, er, "spreadsheets" to keep track of my story submissions and rejections. One file is active submissions, the other file is rejections, with the titles and the venues. I've only got three things on "active submission" right now, two short stories at two different magazines and Learn to Howl at Angry Robot books. I had 4 (probably my most at once!) but the turnaround for Clarkesworld is very fast indeed. I sent the sub at like, 5 or 6 on Saturday afternoon and had the rejection already on Monday. Holy crap, right?
Really, I don't mind the fast rejection. To me, waiting is worse. I agree with Tom Petty entirely, the waiting is the hardest part (also, I never watched that video before. Oh, the eighties). I only sub to paying professional markets, so I know I'm aiming high. And I'm going to continue to do so (and it seems like I read an article where somebody professional talked about how this was good and a way to improve and I forgot who it was and where, of course).
But, I've been getting rejections for years. I think my first story submission was to Glimmer Train, in 2003. I've also subbed to Asimov's, Cemetery Dance, Apex, Agni, Tin House, and Strange Horizons. Sooner or later, I'll get a yes. Then I'll actually have something to put in a "bio", because telling them I work at a library and have a psychology degree seems pretty slim.