Reading Day

March 12th, 2008 • Kate

My inbox seems to be behaving today — i.e. not too many messages coming in stamped “URGENT!” — so I’ve decided to take the rest of the day as a reading day. I had lunch the other day with an editor who works from home a few days a week, who thought that she’d be able to be home for her kids, read, and work, all at the same time, without the commute.
Not so much.
It is possible to get reading done though, but like all good things, requires a bit of sacrifice. She had to tell her publishing colleagues that she was unavailable for calls on her work-at-home days, and suddenly she was able to get a lot more done. My sacrifice? No trolling the internet, catching up on blogs, constantly refreshing my Google reader for more publishing news. No instant messaging. Yes, I’ll reply to emails, and I’ll answer my phone, but I won’t be sitting in my inbox, checking each new message the moment it comes in.
Hopefully, I can get caught up on my partials, respond to some queries, and find some new clients! For those of your who have sent material, who’ve checked your email against the calendar and realized I’ve had your chapters or novel for more than my promised month, thanks for your patience.

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