On my commute to work this week I was thinking about what my next steps needed to be in getting my first book published. When I get my final package ready to submit, and I’ve identified the handful of agents and publishers I am going to submit to, when I actually hit send…. well, there is a lot of waiting that is going to happen. I don’t like waiting, not idly at least.
On average, the publishers I’m putting in my queue to submit to are saying that if you haven’t heard from us in 3-4 months, we aren’t selecting your book. So, 4 months. That’s the time I have to wait.
In my post about writing my first book, The jump between 2010 and 2017, I outlined how I set up a disciplined writing schedule and knocked out the bulk of that book in just 20 days. I can’t run off to Bahrain right now, for a multitude of reasons, but I can devote 1.5 days a week to writing. In that case, I can write a book in about 14 weeks, or within the 4-month time window I have to wait and see if anyone wants to publish the first one.
If I complete book #2 and no publishers have picked up the first one, then I go to self-publishing the first while fine tuning the second and submitting that one to publishers….write book 3 while I wait for the book 2 review, and so forth.
Now, maybe I could say, hey, if no one wants to publish my books then maybe I should scrap this idea entirely? Nah! I already have the next 3 books in this collection in my head and they must come out. You will read them. 😉
Just have to decide which day is going to be Day #1 of writing Book #2. Not today. Probably not tomorrow either. Oh, blast thee procrastination! Shall we agree to March? Get Book #1 submitted by the end of February and write book #2 from March through June.
All in favor of adopting this ridiculous schedule say, aye.