Sometimes it happens. I have so many manuscript submissions that I want to send out that I get stuck. I freeze. I turn into a person addicted to spider solitaire. Curse you spider solitaire! *shakes fist*
Why does this happen? I think it because there are so many possibilities. Large publishing houses. Small ones. Which editor? Or should I send to agents first? Lots of questions to answer the only way I know how: research! Hours of it. For each submission.
I keep a list of my manuscripts along with possible publishers/editors. I have a list of possible agents. But, as we’ve all been taught, I know I need to target my submissions. Personalize them. Polish them to perfection.
But guess what…it’s a lot of work! So some nights I just sit and flip through my market lists once again. Re-read what each publisher wants. Review which manuscripts I’m thinking of sending them. Wonder how I am going to get it all done. Think of the possibilities.
Which makes me happy that I keep my list of submissions that I have out handy. It helps remind me that I can do this. One step at a time. Eventually all the work will add up to a big batch of submissions out for consideration. Perhaps, someday, even a publishing contract. And hopefully a lot less spider solitaire. *eyes mahjong*