The In-Betweens And a Gift Card!

 Erica here:

Here we are, in the last week of 2020, in the middle between Christmas and New Year's Day. It's an odd time, especially this year. In a normal year, this week is filled with parties, family gatherings, travel, and fitting in all the things you can during your kids' break from school. For me, this week is frantic, packed with work, meetings with accountants, filing, printing, sorting and preparing all the end of year business bookwork.

(One of my big tasks this week is to count all the boards in the warehouses. That will keep me busy!)

In spite of all that busyness, it is also an odd time of year. In between. The Big Day has come and gone, but the New Year isn't quite here.

Which makes me think of the writing life. There are lots of Big Days for writers. 

  • The day you finish your first manuscript.
  • The day you attend your first writer's conference.
  • The day you make your first pitch to an agent or editor.
  • The day you sign with an agent.
  • The day you get your first rejection (Which means you're a REAL writer!)
  • The day you sign your first publishing contract.
  • The day you upload your first indie-pubbed book.
  • The day you hold your first book in your hot little hands.
  • The day you have your first book signing event.
  • The day you see your book in a merchant's catalog for the first time.

These are just a few of the Big Days you experience as a writer. What this list doesn't indicated is how long the in-between time is. Christmas to New Year's is only a week, but the time between when you finish a manuscript and sign with an agent, or get your publishing contract and receive your author copies can be a LONG time. 

What are you supposed to do with that indeterminate time of waiting for the next Big Day?

I reckon you could navel-gaze, rest upon your laurels, kick trashcans, and otherwise rail against the torture of waiting.


You could get on with the next thing, things that professional writers do.

For instance:

  • Research your next story
  • Work on your social media presence
  • Take classes/read books on strengthening your writing
  • Prepare a new proposal
  • Study the market/trends/industry
  • Write. The. Next. Book.
All of those are important things that can fill the time, but I will draw your attention to the last one. The most important one. Do not put all your eggs in one basket, and do not waste the time between finishing one book and starting the next. Professional writers write. They do not wait to hear back before moving forward.

So get to work! :)

That being said, I want to celebrate some of the good things that have happened in 2020. Most folks are ready to say goodbye to this year, but it hasn't been all bad. I've had some Big Days. My daughter got married this year (to Jan's son!) I've had three books release. I finished a new novel and submitted it to my editor on the day it was due!

Tell me something good that happened to you, or that you accomplished in 2020, writing related or not, and be entered to win an gift card worth $20.20.

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A Scots portrait painter with a hidden identity finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she is married to her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website,  where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at  where she spends way too much time!