Sunday, January 21, 2007

Lazy Sunday

It's very quiet around here. The dogs are sleeping. My son is on duty at the fire department. My daughter is at a horse show in Normandy with her friend. My husband is at the polo club. And I finished cleaning the house, finished formating a book, and am looking over some contracts and trying to decide what to do with my projects.
Everyone says (to an author) "Keep writing!" What they don't tell you is the amount of time you spend promoting: updating your website, writing blurbs, keeping abreast of publishing news, and blogs. They don't tell you what to do when a publisher folds and you get your rights back - how do you market a book that's already been published? Most publishers won't touch it. *sigh* They don't tell you what to do with a project that's been to a couple editors and that's come back to you. They don't tell you what to do when you know your book is a good fit for a publisher, but you can't contact anyone there because they won't accept unagented queries.
What you are supposed to do is this:
Write your query letter. Give it your best shot. Send it out following the agent/publisher/editor's guidelines. Wait for a month, 2 months, 3 months...Once I waited almost a year before hearing back from a submission.
In the meantime, in between time...Ain't we got fun?
In the meantime, we're supposed to keep writing.
So, I write.
But I'm starting to wonder if it wouldn't be better to do something more constructive with my time. If I spent as much time ironing as I did writing, we'd have the neatest clothes in town. If I spent as much time cleaning my house, we'de be in House Beautiful. If I spent as much time in the garden, we'd be in House and Garden, lol.
I suppose my children would love to have my undivided attention.
Or my husband? He'd go nuts.
My dogs? They mostly sleep. If I kept waking them up they would be cross.
I could draw. (I already do that.) I could learn to knit, take up jogging, take up chicken farming, double my tutoring load, get a job as a translator?
Actually, I think I'm going to go into the publishing end of the business with a friend and see where that goes. She's an editor and a reviewer, she wants a reader, cover artist, and a website designer. I love designing covers and websites, and reading is lots of fun.
Well, it's an idea.
And in the meantime, in between time, I'm still writing.


ORION said...

Aloha Sam
I really hear ya...
I agonized over all the time I spent with my butt in a chair writing --wondering -- what if it is all for naught...
And all the stuff that must be done that no one ever tells you...
very true.
OH! horse passages came yesterday!!!!!
It is now on my TBR pile right next to my bed.

Bonita said...

Good luck with your new venture. I hope you succeed beyond your wildest dreams. Meanwhile, keep writing because your work is wonderful.

Wynn Bexton said...

Isn't it interesting that we are kind of going through a similar dilemma right now? (I just posted a blog on the trials of marketing).
I want to get through all this quickly -- get some stuff out to market and get on with my novel again. But it's all so time consuming, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

Aloha Orion, and thanks for letting me know about Horse Passages - I hope you enjoy it!!

Bonita - thank you for your kind words - sometimes I really do just feel like hanging up the plume, lol, but I think I'd be miserable if I ddin't write.

Wynn, I read your post - what you say is So True!!


Anonymous said...

Lol at "something more constructive with my time".

Good luck! I hope your new company is a hit--can't wait to hear more!

---December, who is also getting tired of re-logging into beta blogger all the time.

Jenn on the Island said...

Ooo, a new publisher...maybe I'll finally submit a story!