"It's ALWAYS a better choice to write a new book than it is to keep pounding your head against the submissions wall with a book that's just not happening. The next book you write could be THE book, the one that isn't a fight to get representation for at all."
~ Diana Peterfreund
This is a hard-learned lesson. So many of our published and soon-to-be published blog friends tell stories of the MANY manuscripts they shelved before writing THE ONE: Beth Revis, Elana J., T. Anne, Carrie Harris . . .
We read about how to know when it's time to move on, how long to query or how many rejections to receive before giving up, how to tell if its the query or the MS that's failing to get us requests. It's not an easy call.
I have not given up on my MS. I am still querying bravely (although not always cheerfully) and hoping for good things. My bff Robyn says they're coming, and I believe her (except when I don't or can't). But my ever-so-patient-and-supportive CP Valerie is right when she advises me to pour my heart and energy into THE NEXT project.
And that is what I'm doing! "No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow."
How do you know when it's time to move on?