And now you wait for their response. But, what do you do while you wait?
A chocolate binge? Housework? Chores and fix-it-ups around the house—stuff that gets neglected in the writing process? Time with family and friends? Time with God?
These are all good activities, unless you overdo the chocolate binge.
I have one other suggestion.
Don’t stop while you’re waiting for a response. Don’t let the writing muscles atrophy.
When I finish a manuscript and send it off to my agent, I may take a day or two to unwind. If I let more time than that pass by, I’m too tempted to go back to the manuscript and start tweaking it. The result weakens the work because I find myself changing words but not improving it.
That’s when I start a new project. When I sent my latest proposal and completed manuscript to my agent, I spent some time gathering information for books two and three in the series.
Then I put that work aside and began working on my current project—a fantasy novel. I needed to keep working but I also needed a break from the submitted project. To switch from historical suspense to fantasy is a significant break.
I do this for several reasons. One is to keep the creative juices flowing. Another is to maintain the discipline of writing, of putting my butt in the chair everyday and writing. A third is to give voice to the ideas that are constantly churning, waiting for expression.
What have you found helpful after you have submitted a manuscript?