The waiting game serves as one of the worse parts of writing. You submit a query. And, wait. You send out a magazine article. And, wait. You submit to a book publisher. And, wait. How do you fill all that waiting time?
Last time my Pelican editor answered quickly after I submitted a new book in the How the West Was Drawn series. Not this time. I emailed her. She said the owners had the manuscript. I played the waiting game. After six weeks, I followed with another email. She says the book will be discussed in July at a staff conference. In the meantime, I wait.
Since book sales lagged the last couple of months with seemingly no outlook for improvement through the summer, I grumbled to a friend. She suggested this marketing book to read. Another writing book! My bookshelves overflow with writing books I started and never finished. Yet, this one sounds promising.
I've highlighted websites and step-by step instructions in only the first 25 pages. Green tabs mark pages. Jud says to: Think out of the box. Research and list new niche markets. Conduct face-to-face calls to any gift shops with clientele who might be interested in your product. Consider who might use your product as a sales promotion item. Organize a library tour.
It all adds up to lots of work, research, time, and gas. I’m not adverse to work. Work fills the waiting time and beats cleaning my office, mopping floors, folding laundry, or ironing.
In addition to reading this book, authors insist I learn to Skype. Some even offered to teach me. “It’s easy,” they say. I have a few questions.
Do I have to clean my office? Yes.
Can I wear my pajamas? No.
Guess I’d better get busy. Perhaps my new marketing plan will encourage the publisher to accept the third book. Besides more writing, this book offers to fill my waiting game. How do you fill yours?