Just something I’ve realized over the course of the last two days.
If you’re in a critical phase of submission, whatever level, and you’re one of those people who obsessively checks your email when you’re waiting for something to come in? Have a separate, writing-only, email account. That way, if you’ve got a little icon that flashes to let you know You Have Mail, or you get a wind chime or something (I have this image of Peter Griffin shouting ‘You’ve Got Mail, You’ve Got Mail, Hahahahhaahaha’), you know it’s writing-related.
I have one Gmail account I use for most of my personal correspondence. It’s also the email that the submission stuff will go through. So when I limit myself to one ‘check’ per hour, and I go in and see that my little icon thingy is Red, I immediately panic.
And then it’s an email from my mother, asking me why I don’t call her anymore.
Because you email me at inappropriate times, Mom.
So a word to the wise: If you’re one of Those People? Save yourself the heart attack and get a separate, writing-only account. That way, you’ll know at a glance if You’ve Got Mail (hahahahahahaha), or if you’re still waiting. And trust me, still waiting is a lot better than Random Panic six times a day.