Now comes the beta-reader wait. And since waiting can really suck, here are some ideas for what to do in the meantime, which may or may not come from personal experience:
- Flail and squee and dance around singing loudly to Wicked and Pocahontas and Smash.
- Read 'The Book Thief' in one day.
- Finish editing.
- Work on the cover and formatting of a short story collection to upload on Amazon once the rest of the stories get rejected from the magazines to which they are currently submitted.
- Think of fun/weird/random/plausible ideas for YouTube videos (marketing and creative outlet rolled into one) like audio-visual poetry or video children's books. Then realize that if you want this to be your own project and not have to rely/impose on anyone else you have to do the illustrations yourself. Spend more time deciding if that's possible/ridiculous/worth it.
- Spend inordinate amounts of time on Pinterest, IWasteSoMuchTime, and AccioBrain. Realize it's probably good that Pottermore isn't open yet.
- Re-watch series two of Sherlock
- Spend increasing amounts of time on QueryTracker and AgentQuery.
- Also the gym. Hopefully.
- Try hard to start or at least brainstorm novel #2.
- Freak out some more and try really hard not to bug the readers, at least not the ones who've only had it for a 24 hours.
- Look up pictures of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.
- Browse Craigslist, stressing and over-analyzing the best way to support yourself for the next year before you apply to grad school.
- More flailing and squeeing and trying not to bug.
So yeah. That's sort of what I'm thinking will happen for the next little while. Anyone else waiting on beta readers? What are your suggestions for making the wait more bearable?