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One of the downsides of book tour — a downsideÂ I didn’t even talk about — is what happens while you’re away from home.Â There are all theÂ unanswered emails that cram your computer’s in-box, the piles of letters and magazines you have to sort through.
And the galleys.Â My goodness, the galleys.
In the photo above are the thirteen galleys and manuscripts that were mailed to me while I was on tour.Â All in a span of three weeks. These were sent by editors, agents, and authors who are hoping I’ll read theirÂ upcoming books and offer a quote.Â
Now, I love being able to help out a fellow author.Â I love discovering an exciting new voice, a unique new character.Â But I admit, when I look at this pile of galleys, I feel a twinge of desperation knowing that I’ll never be able to get through all ofÂ these.Â In the meantime, new galleysÂ continue to arrive at my home every week.Â Â Plus there are the galleys left over from last month that I haven’t read yet.
All this while I’m trying to writeÂ my own book, keep up with my correspondence, and stay up to date with the news.
It’s gotten to the point where I’ve had to stop accepting any new galleys for awhile because, quite honestly, I’ll never be able to read what I’ve got.Â It takes me a week to read just one (I reserve my galley reading for bed-time), which means that just getting through what I have now will take three months.Â And that’s not going to be fast enough to be helpful to these authors. I have to pick and choose which manuscripts I even open.
So how do I choose?
UrgentÂ requests from my own editor orÂ agent take priority.Â Â But after that, it’s a matter of which storylines appeal to me.Â And that’s all a matter of what mood I’m in.Â Historical settings call to me, so I’ll gravitate toward those first.Â A hint of archaeologyÂ is a plus.Â Cat detectives, or any animal detectives, I’m sorry to say,Â give me allergies.Â Paranormal detectives … um, not really my cup of tea.Â Humorous mysteries are a plus-minus.Â Sometimes I get the jokes, sometimes they leave me cold.Â
In short, I’m like an editor in any publishing house.Â I go with my own taste.
Today I’m off to Boston and Cape Cod to teach some writing courses over the weekend, so these galleys will have to wait until I come back.Â In the meantime, more of them will probably arrive in the mail andÂ the pile will grow higher.Â I’ll be even further behind.
So if you’ve sent me a galley in the past few weeks, and you don’t hear back from me, you’ll know why. Chances are, I just didn’t have the chance to read it.Â I start off with the best of intentions, but sometimes, I just bite off more than I can chew.