Rather than check your email every five minutes waiting for responses to queries, why not check it every six minutes and eighteen seconds? During that six minutes and eighteen seconds, here are some things you can do:
1. Twirl around in your swivel chair.
2. Figure out how to make other pages on your blog. (Honestly though, does anyone know how to do this? Can you pretty please tell me?)
3. Clean out your refrigerator. Better yet, come clean out my refrigerator. 🙂 I’m pretty sure the yogurt I have in there has furry socks to warm its little yogurt feet.
4. Write something.
5. Plot something. There’s a new story idea foaming in my brain right now that refuses to stop bubbling. Eww! The foam just squirted out my ears!
6. Resist the urge to share with the online world how many queries, rejections, fulls, and partials you have out. It’s hard, but it makes you look more professional.
7. Develop a secret code that no prospective agent can crack and post it on your blog so you can share how many queries, rejections, fulls, and partials you have out. I’m still working on this one.
8. Teach your cat how to walk on a leash. Yes, the BF and I are really doing this. Either Jesse has crossed the line to kitty sainthood or it really is working!
9. Get really busy at work. Can you say homecoming?!
10. Read a book. Analyze plot, character, wording, etc, but don’t compare it to your own book because you might cry.
Once you have accomplished all or part of any of these ten things, run to your computer and check your email!