Friday, December 23, 2011

You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em

Its not surprising that often when I think of submitting my work to agents and publishers I find myself singing "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers.  But in today's post I want to talk specifically about submissions at this time of year.

I have often written about the fact that I am a goal oriented person.  I especially like to set goals for myself to accomplish before the end of a year, or a birthday, or a season.  It just seems logical to me.  Therefore, with this logic, it would seem appropriate to send out as many queries and submissions as I can before the end of this year.  What a wonderful thing to be able to say that I accomplished before 2012.  However, I need to put the brakes on and reign myself in.

Having a boyfriend "in the biz" allows me a little insider knowledge at times and can be very helpful.  When I expressed to him that I wanted to send out queries this week and next, he reminded me of a very important bit of info that we should all know...the publishing world literally shuts down the week between Christmas and New Years.  And when I say, LITERALLY shuts down, I mean that many publishing houses and literary agency are not open at all.

If I was to send out queries and submissions in the next week I would most likely end up in a huge slush pile that would only overwhelm whomever I queried upon their arrival back at the office in January '12.  No one wants that!

Therefore, its better to "hold 'em" and wait.  As hard as that is for me, I know that waiting until January to send out my queries and submissions will actually help my work be noticed.

So...instead, this coming week, take a break.  Enjoy family.  Eat lotsa stuff you aren't supposed to.  Sing songs.  Dance.  Create memories.  Gather stories.  Rest.  The  publishing world does...they need it...and so do you!

Happy Holidays!


  1. Why did I never think of that? Good advice!

    Have a great holiday, Marcie!

  2. Seriously, great advice! Hope the new year is a good one.