Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Jumping The Gun

One of the most important skills to develop as an author, particularly an unsigned one (i.e. my favorite type of author) is patience.


It's a beautiful word. It's nigh perfect. It sort of takes a long time to say, too, which sort of fits. Am I hyperanalyzing here? Perhaps. 

But I can't explain how much better and easier your writerly career will go if you also treasure this virtue. Do your research. Give that manuscript one more week to sit, so that you can read it one more time with fresh eyes. Take care with your queries so that the list of agents is right, you have your personalization planned, and you make a good impression. If you're think about going the self-pub route, get all the information and plan out what your journey will look like.

You'll be glad you did.


  1. I know I've suffered from the malady at times. Patience is so hard! But it is necessary.

  2. Oi! So true. And it is not easy to wait another second let alone a week, but it is so very important.

  3. It's so hard! But I get it. :-)

  4. So so so true! It stinks, but it's true.

  5. One more week... I can do one more week....

    Patience--something I've definitely struggled with on this MS!