I don’t do well with obscure, arbitrary deadlines. I’ve always been a “do it at the last minute” sort of girl. I thrive on the pressure, I’m incredibly good at sharp focus when there’s lots at stake, and my desire to do something well means I’ll nearly kill myself to get it done.
Yet I’m not done with my book. I’ve had no hard deadline. No one has said, “I want to see it on Jan 30th.” So I’ve been taking my frickin’ time with it. Or not working on it at all, spending time at my kids’ school (important, yes, but it doesn’t get the book finished). For whatever reason, I am dragging my feet on getting this thing done.
Then today got an email. A post, actually, from Manuscript Wishlist, and I swear this agent’s wish list read like my current library. Two of her fave books: “Bet Me” by Jenny Crusie (a fave of mine) and The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn (love, love, LOVE the Bridgertons). After I read her post, I got all nervous, the adrenaline pumping, as if my body were telling me, “YEEESSSSSS….SUBMIT!”
Their submission requirements ask for 3 chapters and a synopsis. I have that. And I have at least a decent framework of the book, if not the whole thing. It can take up to 3 months for them to review your query.
So why am I waiting to query? Because somebody said I should have the whole book finished first. And I probably should. But I also think that if I submit, it’ll be the fire I need under my a$$ to get the damn thing done.
This post is deliberately short, because I want you all to chime in. What do you think? Follow conventional wisdom or go out on a limb? Should I finish the book and then query, or query now and put a sticker on my calendar 3 months from now saying “It has to be DONE!”? I’ve been wracking my brain about this, but I think some advice might be in order.