I’m starting to wonder if ALL the reading I do about how to get published is hurting me. Seriously, all these stories about how other people got signed, how to query, how to make your submission the best possible, and on and on and on is starting to make my head spin. I’m starting to wonder why I should even bother. Not only should I even bother to find an agent, but should I even bother publishing my book. All the time I spend writing queries, reading about how to write a query, reviewing agents’ websites, submission guidelines, booklists, etc., etc., is time I’m not spending writing.
I believe in moderation. However, being a slightly obsessive person, once I get into something, I have a hard time not thinking about it 24/7. I think I need to take a step back from reading hundreds of blog entries (I’m not exaggerating) on how to get an agent, and tweets on what’s selling and who’s selling it. I’m going to drive myself nuts. Not to mention, I’m not going to finish this round of editing if I’m spending my spare time reading Chuck Sambuchino’s most recent blog entries instead of working on my book. After all, that’s what this is supposed to be about. Writing. I’m supposed to be WRITING. Emphasis on WRITING.
Most of this blog entry is a pep talk to myself – I’m not gonna lie. I’m trying to talk myself up to taking a break. I’m so focused on getting published, I’ve forgotten the most important thing is having something to publish. It seems elementary, but I guess it’s hard to see the forest through the trees (or something like that).
So – I’m going to self-impose a hiatus on my obsessive reading. I, Lydia Evans, being of sound mind (for the most part) and sound body (as sound as it can be for a 33 year old), do solemnly swear to take two weeks off from reading about literary publishing. This hiatus includes tweets (even though they’re short, they don’t fool me. They link back to articles which I’m helpless to pass on!), book deals on Publisher’s Weekly, and blog posts.
Hopefully this break (it’s not you, it’s me) will help me re-focus on writing, and less on reading about writing.