Monday, November 15, 2010

The Waiting Game

When you submit a picture book to a publisher you may wait up to 4 – 6 months for a response.
Here’s what you can do in the meantime:

Create a list of publishers and agents you’d like to send your work to
Read publishers’ and agents’ blogs
Research topics that interest you
Take those topics and write a fictional story or a nonfiction article
Write articles for writers’ newsletters and magazines
Read books in all genres, first for enjoyment and then as a writer
Meet with another writer for coffee or lunch
Form or join a critique group
Talk with librarians about their current needs
Enter a writing contest
Offer to help another writer edit his work
Create a website
Re-write an article using a different slant and pitch it to another market
Consider co-hosting a writers’ event or workshop
Sign up for a writing class
Brainstorm new ideas for another picture book  

What other writers’ ideas do you have when you play the waiting game?

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