I just returned from the post office where I mailed partials from various requests via query letters and Nationals. And now the waiting begins. I tell myself I'll not think about them. I've done everything I can do. Edited until my eyes are gritty, read my dialogue out loud so much, my dog thinks I'm crazy and asked for opinions from so many people, some of them run the other way when they see me. Yes, I can be a bit obnoxious in my persistence.
But, what to do in the meantime. Should I send out more queries, start on another book, finish a partial I put aside months ago or finish that manuscript that's been hanging over my head for a year. Decisions. Decisions.
What if I don't hear back from these agents and editors in the response time they've indicated? Should I follow-up with them, via email or snail mail? How long should I wait after the response time has passed?
My record keeping at the beginning of my writing career would not have impressed a five year old. Now, I'm much better at it, but I could be better. I have a list on Word of queries for each manuscript, date sent, date rejection received or requested material mailed. It's messy, but it serves the purpose for the time being.
What about you? What do you do while waiting to hear from submissions? Do you write more, edit what you have or start something completely new? Do you follow up when you don't hear back on your submissions within their projected response time? If so, how do you follow-up and what do you say? Lastly, how do you keep up with multiple manuscripts and submissions? Do you have a particular kind of log?
Thanks to all who share their tips with a nervous, neurotic, and not so good at waiting, writer.