This I vow! (DOG EAR) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

I can’t believe this. After all the blogs about pushing yourself out there, of facing the adversity of the publishing field, I suddenly awoke to the fact (as a drunk wakes in a gutter and sees what he’s become) that I’ve been putting off submitting my agent packets.

First it was a train show. Then the new computer arrived. And I’ve been cross-loading my files and playing glass-smooth Spelunky. And also weeding the yard, running a  5K race, finishing a “Thrones” book, all sorts of things.

It turns out that the best thing you can do for yourself is to make a deal with your devil (as to what you need to get done) and then make that deal public. Mentally vowing to lose 10 lbs during a boozy New Year’s party won’t do it, but standing on a windswept parapet and shouting your intentions to the world will keep you honest.

Yes, I drive myself through shame-avoidance.

It works.

Years ago, I took a week-long improvement class called EST. One of the things was to make a commitment to do something and then do it. In fact, part of that commitment was to write a check to charity and give it to a friend, with instructions that if you didn’t do your thing by a specific date, that check would go into the mail. For me, the goal was a pilots’ license. The check? $500 to a charity (don’t remember which, but that was a LOT of money back in the ‘80s when I did this). I gave this to my good friend Joy, and once I earned that license, Joy and her family and I had a check-burning party.

So that’s what I’m doing. By the next DOG EAR, I’m going to have three submissions posted. If I don’t, I’ll give $1000 to the Sierra Club. This I vow.

>>>WITH $2 PROFIT PER SALE, I’M GOING TO NEED TO MOVE 500 “EARLY RETYREMENTS” BEFORE THEN. SAVE ME FROM MY BIG MOUTH! BUY A BOOK!<<<

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:31
 

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0 #1 Nancy Raymond 2013-04-25 14:25
Go, honey! I love your Indigo book. We'll be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers in this project.
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0 #2 admin 2013-04-26 14:57
Thanks. I painted myself into a corner to get this done. I should have carefully considered what I needed printed and done it at work in the morning. Instead I was burning out the home printer to get three copies of 30-page packets done.
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