Okay, so I've been thinking a lot about what it takes to "win the publishing war," and I finally got my thoughts to congeal while watching (okay, listening to--I was admittedly on the computer) a documentary on the Civil War.
Someone said, "Robert E. Lee wasn't looking to win another battle. He was trying to win the war."
I liked that. Sometimes it is about the battles. We tell ourselves we can rest when the next scene is done, or when we've written 1000 words for the day. Those are battles. Because there are a lot of things competing for our time.
But in the end, we're not looking to simply win battles. We want to win the war. And that takes a little bit more than just writing and revising.
It means submitting. I've known a few authors who are afraid to submit. I don't know if this is you or not. But if it is, you've got to get your armor on, write that query letter, pick up your helmet, polish your manuscript, and submit.
You can't win the war without submitting.
You also can't win the war if you don't finish a book. So if you find yourself "battling" with the same pages over and over, maybe you should leave them in the dust and finish the book. Then you can go back to the battle with the goal of submitting in mind.
That's how you win the publishing war.
So are you fighting battles in the hopes of winning the war? Or are you editing the same pages over and over again?