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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • You're on a road to a serious burnout, one you won't get out of in a very long time. You should do something that you really want to do, at least in a limited amount, to prevent that. For example, take 15 minutes a day to work on that book — even though the chance to have it published is minute. It'll restore your pleasure in doing things. Any thing.
    • As a former author, I agree. The 9 months or so between the time I submitted my book propsal to the time I submitted my final revisions was a living hell. To meet deadlines (for varying values of "meet") I spent anywhere between one and four hours per day working on the book, in addition to the day job. I can't imagine the situation if I had kids at the time. Now, it wasn't all bad, but it was a serious commitment, and you should know what you're getting into before you take the plunge.

      So think long and hard about this. And remember that you can always self-publish if you're just looking for a creative outlet and don't want to submit to deadlines and other publisher demands.