It's August the last official month of summer here. The stores are full of back-to-school items. Half way through the month college students return to school. The end of the month most kids are in school and summer pools close down. The amusement parks close during the week remaining open only on weekends until the weather gets too cold for the rides. In the publishing world, not a lot gets done in August.There are too many vacations, and conferences and general slowness. It is advised that writers wait and query after labor day. This way editorial boards are back and have no missing members so that purchases can be approved quickly. Fall work gears up and things churn out full speed ahead as publishers rush to fill next year's slots and prepare for Christmas sales.
August is a good month to finish a project or polish a project and to research agents. It is a good month to do all the prep work writers need to do so that after labor day, they can take advantage of the uptick in publishing.
What are you doing this month?