Friday, August 27, 2010

Query Process

We all know that during the query/submission process we're supposed to write. It helps us be productive, gives us motivation and best of all, we'll have completed another project during those long, drawn-out months of waiting.

But I can't write when I'm waiting. I can't. Maybe my personality is too anxious - but I seem to be able to focus ONLY on one thing. It's almost as if I'm afraid to move on. Like if I do, I'll be forgetting those other characters, forgetting their story. But we all know, that's not really true. All we need do is read the manuscript again and we're right there with them!

Thankfully, I do eventually end up writing again. Like this week. I worked on LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD. It felt so good to add to her story! She was thanking me - but she was nice enough not to ask where I'd been.

And soon, her story will be complete and then I'll have another story to query/submit. Which will start the waiting process all over again....

Oh joy.

So what do you do while you wait? Do you freak out for a while then write? Or do you buckle down, roll up your sleeves and get to work right away?


17 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I know what you mean. I end up wasting time researching the next group of agents I want to query, and checking out the blogs of the ones I've just queried.

I'll be querying in the next few months, but can't wait to start on my next project. It's been stalled a number of times while I work through the revisions of my current wip. But it's calling to me, and I will heed its call. ;)

Lydia Kang said...

Waiting is awful. For me, it helps to have another project on the horizon, or a great book I'm dying to read. Otherwise I fester.

Elana Johnson said...

I so feel you on this. I should've spent a lot more time writing instead of waiting, but it's so hard. I write in spurts anyway, so I try to time them around the parts where I'm waiting.

Erinn said...

I need to have LOTS of things on my plate otherwise I realize how lame my life is. I have to write or edit or read someone else's work.


Very cool title

Katie Ganshert said...

I HAVE to write when I wait, otherwise I'll go insane. Writing while I'm waiting is the best way for me to not lose my mind. :)

Casey said...

Well, I'm happy you at least got to work again on Little Dead Riding Hood... I can't wait to read it; it's going to be so ridiculously AWESOME! :-D

Sara McClung ♥ said...

I say write write write :) It's hard but put your fingers on the keys and make them move!

Michelle said...

I have to write too or I get nuttier, even if it's just a short story or ideas. It's so nice when they don't ask you where you've been.

Hart Johnson said...

I am okay writing while WAITING but not while actively submitting. My powers of wiping my mind clean are relatively strong, so once it is out into the ether, I am okay. The process of WRITING those blasted queries though about kills me.

Glad you are back to productivity! (love the title!)

Terri Tiffany said...

I always start writing another one as a backup plan. I figure if the first book isn't picked up, I need another one to offer. And that has happened. The first book I queried got a few fulls asked for but it has been almost a year and I have another one ready to go and am working on yet another book for the spring. ONE of them hopefully will be the one.

Stephen Tremp said...

I don't worry about it and keep writing. Nothing I can do regarding agent response anyway once the query letter has been sent out.

Good luck with yours. I'm thinking big thoughts for you.

Stephen Tremp

KO said...

i try to write, but usually just end up obsessing...

Julie Musil said...

Amie, I totally write while I'm waiting! It takes my mind off of things, which is helpful. I'd be an obsessed freak if I didn't. Besides, it helps to create something new to send out!

Amie B said...

thanks everyone for your comments. i appreciate your advice and wisdom.

it's felt really good to write again and i've wondered why i've obsessed so long about queries.

next time i'll heed the advice -just write!

Shelley Sly said...

Sorry I'm commenting so late, but I just wanted to jump in and say that I'm the same way. I really do have trouble writing while waiting. Glad you were able to work on your MS this past week!

Amie B said...

thanks shelley - i'm glad someone could relate!

one thing that's helped me, too, is critting for people. it takes my mind off of my projects and the best part is that i'm helping someone else!

lbdiamond said...

I am the type to work on one story at a time. Partly becuase that's how I work. Partly becuase I only have one idea at a time, LOL!

But when the time for submission comes, boy, it's hard to just let queried piece go. I keep tweaking and futzing with it.

I end up praying for a new idea to take hold so I don't slam myself with negatie thinking.

Actually, I think I'm due for a new idea, LOL!