While I’m getting used to the new Blogger look (thanks, Google), I’m thinking about how we start out with the best intentions only to find out that nothing pans out as expected.
For example, before I started querying, I intended to send out about five or so queries a week. Reality struck, and there was only one week which I was actually able to accomplish this (it was a three-day weekend).
Here’s what I’ve experienced since I started querying:
- Queries always (always!) take way longer than I expect them to (accounting for customizing the query to meet the agent’s needs, researching the agent, and updating my bio).
- I’ve constantly been revising and tweaking my query in the process of sending it out. This also takes time I didn’t account for (though it’s absolutely necessary).
- I have separate documents where I’m revising the various iterations of my query pitch (must unite these into one document and decide which pitches I intend to use).
- Queries aren’t the only thing on my plate. Along with the full-time day job, I am responsible for the following:
- Revising current WIP.
- Drafting Book 2 of the series I’m querying (this idea has been sitting in moth balls for four years, desperately waiting to be written down).
- Jotting down notes for shiny new book idea (with the hope to start shiny new book when WIP revisions are finished).
- Tweaking the MS I’m querying to get rid of those nasty, stealthy typos (they’re like ninjas!).
- Book reviews (I’m currently working through a batch of five books).
- Entering contests (most of which require a query and/or synopsis).
- Blogging (and I only do this twice a week! I can’t imagine how all you daily bloggers out there do it!).
In light of all this, I’ve had to reassess how important it is for me to query right now. Part of me thinks I should build up my writing repertoire more (finish WIP, draft Book 2, complete shiny new book idea) before putting so much effort into the query, or entering contests. I’m seriously wondering if I’m approaching this in the smartest possible way I could be. Can any published authors out there attest to methods of dividing and conquering that you’ve found most effective? I also open up the conversation to my fellow aspiring writers: How do you divide your writing time? What organizational strategies have helped you streamline your efforts?