So, I've got a problem. I'm not complaining about being in this situation, so don't throw your shoe at me, but it something I have to figure out. Way back in the day when I had the Circle of Five going, I learned that the more submissions I sent out, the more rejections would come raining back on me. And usually all in the same week. I still recommend it, you're got to get stuff out there, but you've got to be prepared for the results.
Case in point. Last summer I took advantage of multiple pitching opportunities that came up, so I had several requests floating around. I decided to send a partial out on a book that hadn't made the rounds yet. Just keeping things moving around. Seeing what happens. I got a couple rejections and it didn't bother me because I had lots of irons in the fire. Then something funny happened. What I wanted to happen, happened. I started getting revision requests. Requests to see the rest of books that weren't quite ready to go out the door yet. A flush of new idea in my head I'm itching to work on.
So now I have a request for a book that isn't done (and the editor knows it, so no chastizing), a request for heavy revisions to a single title (big project that makes my head hurt, but I can't pass it up), and I'd started working on a new project that really excited me a couple days before all this came about. So much to do! I'm scrambling to check off one thing at a time, to move quickly yet still provide quality work. I'm about to pull my hair out. I guess its practice for after I sell and have to juggle the current project, the AAs and galleys for a prior project, while promoting the project that was just released in stores.
Did I mention I'm also dieting? Makes everything more dramatic in my head than it needs to be and since I can't eat a cookie to calm my inner panicking writer, I just have to ride it out. Anything piling up on you lately? Chores? Laundry? Work? We can dig out together.SP