Although my normal inclination upon finishing first round edits is to lock my manuscript away and spend two weeks scarfing crunchy cheetos in front of the boob tube,
I decided to limit the above activity to one day only. As I log in the initial changes- I’m already looking forward to different ways of killing time that will benefit my manuscript in the long run.
First, I asked a couple people who I think would give helpful feedback on the plot, pacing and characterization to have a read of my MS when I'm through logging edits. I know myself pretty well. And even though it's early in the revision process, I know that no matter how many times I read through my MS and how much time I let accumulate between reads - I always get wrapped up in the story and have trouble seeing it with a critical eye. Sending it off to readers not only makes me stay away from the damn thing while awaiting feedback- but it will give me critical points to keep in mind when I do go back and read.
In the meantime, there are a few things I can do to keep busy and help out my MS. Today I’m going to focus on just one.
1- Constructing a query letter.
Working on your query letter is a great productive way to kill time between revisions. I started a first draft of my query when I began writing my ms and then went back and changed it as the story progressed. There are some great tips for writing a query letter here, on Elana Johnson’s blog.
This week Matt from the Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment has agreed to use my query as an example for critique on his blog and hopefully make it sparkle and shine for when querying time comes. You can check out the query for FOSSEGRIM here and I appreciate any and all feedback! (thanks Matt!)
What are some of your productive ways to kill time between revisions?