My own Yoda told me to work on something new while querying.
This is great advice, designed to stop me going nuts and checking my email forty thousand times a day.
So I went ahead and worked on something else. The sequels to my querying manuscript. So I’m ready to go with Books 2 and 3 when the call eventually comes.
But the anxiety crept in…. I started to fret and worry.
Then I finished the sequel drafts and started on something new. Brand new. In a completely different world with all new characters.
And I forgot about my queries.
This lead to a little epiphany.
When I was working on the sequels, I was still in the same world with the same characters. I had not really left my manuscript alone.
Now I’m wrapped up in the new world and kind of forgotten about the querying manuscript. Kind of.
So this week, I’ve learnt to start something completely new when querying.