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*
Spider Solitaire? *Googles*
Don’t do it! DO NOT SEEK OUT THE SPIDER SOLITAIRE! It’s mind numbing relaxation properties will make you unproductive in no time. NO TIME AT ALL!
And it makes you type your itses wrong!
Why, no. NO. I have not been playing. *shifts eyes*