I haven’t been devoting much time to the blog lately due to the final developmental stages on the book. But this I had to share:
Thank you for your query, and I apologize for the delay in response. I have reviewed the work, and decided to pass at this time. I wish you the best of luck, and success in the publishing world.
The delay was over two months for an emailed query. Two months. In that time, I’ve gotten a beta reader to read the book (she liked it), I’ve made another round of edits, and I got an artist to do the cover (currently awaiting final painted copy). I had completely forgotten about the query, so I was a bit surprised to find it in my email this morning. This, above all else, is why I support e-publishing. Not because I can’t handle rejection – but because I have better things to do than wait for someone to get around to rejecting me. I’d much rather that rejection come in the form of no sales, because at least then there’s the potential to turn a profit, and maybe even convert some readers into fans along the way.
Speaking of time management, I truly don’t know how some of you can write a book and maintain a blog at the same time. As I enter into the beginning phase of my next project, I’m likely going to limit posts from one to two a week. I don’t dare risk spoiling my creativity on a blog post when it would be much better spent on the page. Sometimes, I miss being a lonely writer cut off from the world. I’m not ungrateful, mind you. But when I first started TDDC, my mantra was to stop talking and start writing. Barring some tweaks, I might have to revisit that statement for the next book:
It’s time to stop tweeting, blogging, commenting, and start writing.