Your manuscript sits. Waiting. Polished to a shine. Ready to go. Just a week ago you put the last bit of spit shine on it. Your mouse hovers over send. With one click your dreams could come true.
Stop. Right. There.
For some that might work. Go ahead and try it if you want.
Remember my posts about confidence and staying in a place of encouragement? Letting your manuscript sit for 4-6 weeks is a great way to do it. It sounds like a long time but…
- This will give you perspective on your story and your query letter.
- Use the time to research agents and get your list ready.
- Start brainstorming and prewriting and plotting your next story!
- Use the time to read, study and grow in craft.
After the 4-6 weeks, read through your story one more time. You’ll know if you’re ready to query. You might even catch an embarrassing typo on the first page.
It’s so hard to focus on plotting your story or writing when rejections are rolling in or you have full requests. But if you already feel that excitement about your new project and have the first few chapters written – the rejections are much easier to take. (I didn’t say easy – just easier.)
Guess what I’m doing? I’m letting my current wip sit until August. Who’s with me?
How long do you wait? Should we take into consideration the market? Is there ever a time to rush your submission?