One, two, three, four.
Years later as I pursue my publishing dreams, little has changed. That phrase still defines my life.
In a world of instant everything, the wheels of publishing continue to move at what seems to be the same rate it has moved for at least the last thirty years.
Here is a simple formula that can be utilized to estimate wait time for submitted manuscripts,.1. Assign the manuscript the value of 1 or 2 or 3, according to whether it a query, partial or complete.
2. Multiply that number by the submission policy of the submitter, based on the following values:
4=Will respond in 4 to 6 weeks
5= Will respond in 6 to 8 weeks
10= No response time provided.
3. To that number add the following points for these special features:4 =Snail mail query.
5= No 'received your email' auto generated response.
6= Disallows multiple submissions
The final number equals the number of weeks before you can expect a response.
By the time the heavens open up, the angel chorus sings hallelujah and that agent or editor croons in dulcet tones, 'We want you!" it is suggested that in a perfect world you have the following:
You don’t learn by reusing old stuff—you learn by writing new books.
Tools To Assist You While You Wait:
Ross Ink recently shared The Top 6 Writing Progress Meters.
2. Tracking Calendar:
- Motivational quotes for writers
- Monthly To Dos
- Monthly Focus Activities
- Reminder checklists
- Monthly goal tracker for the number of words you write and the queries sent
- Links to writing and organizing books
- Seasonal query recommendations.
- Plotcraft a downloadable database for tracking all the ideas you might have.
- Peder Hill's Book Tracking Graph. Download is free. Go to the bottom of the page for the download. This uses an Excel format.
- Novel Progress 2.0 is a free app that will allow you to create a graph of your progress in writing a NaNoWriMo style novel. You enter your wordcount and it updates a graph showing you how much progress you have made. NovProg2 will also show you how far you are through your daily goal, and your total goal. Placing you mouse over a bar in the graph will show a tool tip with that day's word count.
So what do you think?
By the time you hear back from a query you could have your next partial written.
By the time you hear back on a partial you could have your next novel written.And by the time you hear back on a full manuscript you could have the next two books in the series finished.
I was once unpublished too.
Sold a book and what do you know?
Now I have to write ten more.
One, two. Three, four!