If you are waiting until your manuscript is absolutely perfect before you submit it to agents or publishers, you could be cheating yourself. Of course, rewrites and evaluations by others are important, but perfection is not possible. If your manuscript is the best you can make it, send that puppy out! Click on the link below to read a great post on the subject.
Yes, Your Submission Phobia is Holding You Back | The Review Review.
This book (18 Minutes) sounds interesting. Anastasia Suen, a prolific blogger and author recommends it, and she reads a lot of books of this sort. I haven’t read it yet, but thought I’d pass it along.
18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done | Anastasia Suen’s Blog.
While we’re on the subject of time management and accomplishing things, I have read The Now Habit, several times. I need to read it again, or at least skim it. It makes some simple recommendations that are remarkably effective.
- Set goals and re-evaluate them periodically.
- Sign or clock in when you start working. Sign out when you stop.
- Take regular breaks, just as you would at your job.
- Schedule time each day and each week to reward yourself for hard work with an activity that is pure pleasure.
I’m not the only fan. LifeHacker has summarized The Now Habit beautifully in this article: (Click on the link below. It’s well worth the read. The book is still available, too. You might even be able to check it out from your local library.)
Here I am, surfing the Internet again instead of working on my book. Sara Crowe, an agent with Harvey Kinger, Inc. must be watching. She addresses this problem and other time management issues facing writers in this helpful post.
Crowe’s Nest: Lisa: The Clock is Ticking.