If you have a new play, offer it up for free reading; there are numerous Facebook groups where teachers gobble up such scripts, and one of them may ultimately want to go forward and license a production. Also, develop your own email list of people who have done your work before and let them know when you have a new play.And of course publishers should be "pushing back" against the submission of unproduced plays. You're asking them to lock a play in its current format forever, and they want to know that it works on stage. How many publications you've had in the past is irrelevant. Each play needs its own road testing.Regards,Jonathan
Honestly, right now is the time. We're already in rehearsal, but school hasn't started so I actually have some time. Plus, the beginning of my school year basically runs itself because classes are all about team building for the first 2ish weeks, so I actually have a tiny bit of time.
Another decent time would be around Thanksgiving - we're finished up with the musical, getting ready to head in to the winter play, and i usually spend part of winter break reading scripts because, like Shira, I have to start making decisions early.
If you want to send it to me, I'd be happy to read it. I know a lot of us often have to do proven and known works - our only means of support is ticket sales, and the fact of the matter is ticket sales are always much higher for known plays. It's not always what we want to do, but I have to be so careful to alternate between the well known and the unknown so that we don't go bankrupt.