If, like me, you find yourself with a fair number of partial and full submissions to agents, and those submissions are creeping toward the two- and three-month-old mark, you will (unless you have much more patience than I) find your finger hovering over the SEND and DIRECT MESSAGE buttons.
But nudging is folly, especially when it’s only(?!) been two or three months. Patience is key. You should go distract yourself and, whatever you do, DO NOT PRESS SEND.
1. Write a new book. (Working on it.)
2. Write a blog post. (Doing it right now.)
3. Read something fabulous. (Anna Karenina, I will conquer you at last!)
4. Read a writing craft book. (Writing the Breakout Novel sounds like something I’d like to do.)
5. Chat with a friend.
6. Watch holiday movies.
7. Make a new playlist for that new book you’re writing.
8. Work out: stave off writer’s butt!
9. Send out some new queries to obsess over.
10. Buy gifts for upcoming holidays/birthdays.
11. Work on something crafty (i.e. use other parts of your brain).
12. Play a video game.
13. Get those clothes out of the dryer and fold them. (Hahahaha yeah but I did this.)
14. Take those bags of old clothes to Goodwill and get them out of the way, finally.
15. Take a walk—listen to that new playlist and do some mental plotting.
16. Blow the dust off your guitar and practice.
17. Call someone you haven’t chatted with in awhile.
18. Go to bed early. (What madness is this?!)
19. Cook dinner instead of eating Lean Cuisine.
20. Finish the National Geographic issue that’s starting to collect dust before another one comes.
21. Figure out how to successfully hunt as a vampire Sim.
22. Plan next year’s garden.
23. Decorate your Christmas/Yule tree.
24. Learn about something you’ve always wanted to do and then do it. (See 11 and 16.)
25. Go tell your new neighbors to turn down their music.
26. Watch Downton Abbey. (Seriously, watch it.)
27. Have a glass of wine and relax.
28. Renew your domain lease and domain mapping subscription. (This might be specific to me.)
29. Lust after the Kindle Fire and then remind yourself why you don’t need it.
30. Learn to use all those fancy features in Scrivener.
31. Dust. (Bahahaha that’s just funny.)
32. Play with your pets.
33. Get dressed and don’t just work in your sweats every day.
34. Read all those articles you’ve archived for ‘later’.
35. JUST FREAKING RELAX ALREADY. Agents are people, too, and sometimes they take a little longer than you would like. But the time will creep by much more slowly if you are constantly biting your nails. Your nails and your mental healthy will do a lot better if you just shut down the computer and do something else.
Someone remind me of this list again next week, ‘kay?