Monday, March 26, 2012

Writing and Waiting - what do you do?

While I am waiting for word on a book out at publishers, I've done what most everyone advises - start another one.

I've started it. Barely.

I have about six chapters outlined, more or less, though when I write I find that I tend to add in different details or even ignore the outline as I go along.

Never gone is the specter of that "other" book, languishing on some slush pile or maybe sitting, forlorn, on some editor's desk. So I hope.

It's hard to forget something you've worked so hard on. Hard to get over it and go on to something else that easily, though I am trying.

So, what do you do when you are between books? Besides clean the fridge, eat or???

15 comments:

Terry said...

I read and review books. I post my reviews on my blog, at Amazon and at Goodreads. I guest blog about my books on others' blogs. And I maintain three pages on Facebook: one about multiple sclerosis, the subject of my recent book; one for writers and quilters who like to hear daily tips, and one for a recent local authors and artists group that I've begun.

I don't wait for a publisher response - I submit things like poems, occasionally, but my books are self-published through CreateSpace and Kindle.

I taught for thirty years, and now that I'm retired, I can write all the things I wanted to have time to write. I'm writing them for people who want to read them, not for publishers or agents to like or not like. Once they are written, I publish them and start the next one. After writing six in a row, between June and October, I've spent the last several months trying to self-market them. It takes a lot of time and online self-advertising, through social media like Facebook and Twitter. I don't sell a lot, but after eight months, I'm finally coming up out of the red ink and into the black.

I'll be talking Wednesday night at our local library, and will be able to sell a few more there. I'm meeting a lot of people here in town that I didn't have time or energy to meet while I was teaching out of town.

I loved teaching, and miss my colleagues and students. But I love writing and meeting people this way, too.

http://terrysthoughtsandthreads.blogspot.com

Chris Verstraete said...

You're very busy! Yes I am busy with other things too... but interesting to hear what others are doing...

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