Does this sound familiar?
Summer comes, and suddenly it gets a little harder to get excited about making submissions, to say “no” to that barbecue invitation in favor of butt-in-chair time at your writing desk.
It’s a classic case of the ant and the grasshopper (with the grasshopper lounging around all summer long, and the ant being busy as a bee).
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
Our friend Mr. Lubbock makes a great point: Summer’s a fantastic time for R & R. Sometimes, rest can rejuvenate the imagination.
But if you’re career-minded, summer is also a great time to keep your submissions on track.
1. Less competition. Let’s use a highly scholarly example from the business world to illustrate our point.
The old tongue twister tells us that Sally goes to the seashore to sell seashells, but actually, she’s probably just going to work on her tan (after all, why would you need to sell shells at the shore anyway? They’re already there!).
So while Sally and her kind are slacking off, you’ve got a competitive advantage. Move in, get the corner on the market, and make your sale.
2. Markets are open for business. Although there are always murmurings that the publishing industry shuts down for summer—and yes, some places are closed to submissions—many markets remain open.
So where does the myth that the whole industry closes for the summer come from? At New York publishing houses, some employees take part (or even all) of Fridays off during the summer. It’s a (fading) custom. And some academia-affiliated lit mags will not actively read when school’s not in session. But this doesn’t mean the whole industry is shutting down…and to get an advantage, neither should you.
3. Summertime was made for reading. When the fall season kicks back into full swing, life gets frantic. But in the summertime, literary agents will leisurely take their manuscripts to the beach to get them ready for the fall rush. Editors at lit mags will do the same.
We don’t know about you, but we’d rather have an agent or editor reading a submission while on vacation as opposed to while in a cubicle. It’s all about good energy.
4. The best time is always right now. Here’s a funny thing about success: If you keep waiting for the right time to go out and get it, you might end up waiting your whole life. There’s always some excuse you can use to NOT submit. But if you’re hoping to make a splash this summer (in something other than the wave pool), get focused and stay focused. You’ll be glad you did.
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QUESTION: Where are you going on vacation this summer? Will you be taking a book (to write or read) on the road?