Tip of the Day: A new literary agency specializing in YA opened this week—blissliterary.com.
So what do you do in that LONG waiting period between signing your book contract and your book being released?
No, really. What do you do? Someone tell me what to do! I don’t know what to do with myself!!
Kidding. Kind of. But seriously, sometimes there is a freaking long time to wait in between sale and publication. I sold my first book in May 2007. It won’t be out until Fall 2009. F-O-R-E-V-E-R. When I first started thinking about this I was like wow—I’ll be ~~~ years old and my oldest will be in 1st grade! I could have another 2-3 kids in that time period! Kidding of course, I’ll just have that one more that’s already paying rent in my belly. :-)
But back to my dilemma—what should I do to pass the time? I keep writing obviously. And reading tons and tons of great YA books. And critiquing great books for my CPs. And then there’s that other life stuff to do too. But then I think ok, now it’s January and there is still almost two more years to go! Now what?
Maybe you guys can help me think of more stuff to do to pass the time. Here’s what I got so far:
2) Work on my Web site.
3) Think of fun promotion stuff for when the book comes out.
4) Edit whenever wonderful editor asks.
What else should I do with myself? One fun thing I find myself doing is telling anyone who will listen that I’m an author. Which is really strange for me—usually I’m kinda private and don’t talk about myself a lot (Yeah, yeah. Stop laughing A2A Girls!). But now I’m having fun trying to see how I can fit it into conversations. And I write it on all those forms now that ask for occupation. And the other day when I was registering at the hospital for an ultrasound the admission’s lady said, “I’ll just put homemaker.” And I said, “oh no, you put author”. So that part is fun! But help me think of more stuff to pass the time ok? Thanks!
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub