View Full Version : Obsessive Email Checkers

05-15-2010, 05:31 PM
Am I the only one doing this?:D

05-15-2010, 06:25 PM
Define obsessive. :tongue

05-15-2010, 07:29 PM
I use MS Outlook. When I receive an e-mail, a little box pops up on my screen and tell me what it is, so I don't have to worry about checking while I'm at the computer. And when I'm away, I just don't care.

05-15-2010, 07:35 PM
No. You're not the only one. I promise. ;-)

05-15-2010, 07:51 PM
I've only been on sub for a couple of days, yet I am into my email many times during the day and night:tongue

05-15-2010, 07:52 PM
You are not alone. I cringe when I see a little message flag, can't wait to open it, and am relieved and disappointed when it's just a friend. If it is a big R, I'm relieved and disappointed too. If it's a request, I send it off and wait, relieved and anticipating disappointment. And so the cycle begins, again.

05-15-2010, 08:05 PM
Dear god I'm so like this. Even when I'm not querying I obsessively check my email, get mad when nothing's there, then remember I haven't started querying yet. :tongue

Yes, I am a dork.

05-15-2010, 08:09 PM
I was like it the night I submitted LOL ... Yeah, pretty pathetic LOL

Miss Plum
05-15-2010, 10:28 PM
There are two obsessions I used to have: 1) looking at my web page hits, and 2) checking my e-mail.

Over a week ago, a gatekeeper for an agency with my full said, "I love this and I'm going to pass it on for further reads. We'll be in touch next week." Published Author Friend said to me, "I hope they don't get back to you next week. If there's a message in your Inbox from them tomorrow morning, it's a rejection. The longer they take, the better your chances."

I realize it's something of a superstition that delay=depth of consideration; the agents could take a whole year and still cut me off. But PAF did get me to ease off the Inbox. Now it's once in the morning and I'm on my merry way.

As for the website hit analysis, as soon as I started checking my hits against IP blacklists and banning the bots, well . . . a lot of my hits disappeared! Russian, Romanian, and Bulgarian e-mail vampires were more interested in me than New York agents it turns out.

I spend a lot more time at AW now, enjoying the company of my fellow Hellions, whether contributing or simply reading. I'm still obsessed, mind you; I just don't have many places to go now for those missives of doom or salvation.

05-16-2010, 03:26 AM
Oh yeah, I'm an obsessive email checker. You're not alone.

05-16-2010, 04:01 AM
Not alone- definitely not alone- wait I have go check my email---

05-16-2010, 08:43 AM
My first week or so I was like that, but now I'm really not. I check a couple/three times a day and I'm okay with that. But yeah, when I first sent off a few I checked a lot. Every once in awhile I forget to check for a day or two and then it's like "oh crap!" :tongue

Actually, I probably check my rep points here more often. That might be kinda sad haha.

05-19-2010, 03:38 AM
Reading this thread made me want to check my email.

Unfortunately, nothing.

I haven't been as bad about it as I was when I first started querying (about a month ago). Then it was every five minutes.

Now it's every hour or so. :Headbang:

Drachen Jager
05-19-2010, 04:06 AM
Hold on... Let me check my e-mail.
What was the question?

05-19-2010, 06:02 AM
No, my F5 key isn't beginning to stick from refreshing webmail... oh, wait.

05-19-2010, 02:36 PM
I'm still at it!:evil

05-19-2010, 06:49 PM
If I'm online, Gmail is open. ;)

05-19-2010, 09:17 PM
Twice a day on weekdays. Usually don't check it at all on the weekend. I'm thinking that puts me in the unobsessed category. ;)

05-20-2010, 04:03 AM
I would have answered sooner, but I've been checking my e-mail.

I have mail rules set to funnel queries into a specific folder, so I don't have to do anything to check for replies other than flash my eyeballs at the folder. Which I do whenever I hear that e-mail chime. Which happens all day. So, um, yeah.

05-20-2010, 07:33 PM
Checkin my email

05-20-2010, 07:37 PM
Honestly, while I know people who do this, I have more of a "fire and fall back" approach. Things go out, and I move on to other things until I get a reply - usually a rejection - back. Maybe if my ratio of acceptances to rejections was higher, I'd check more often, but I figure once or twice a day is really enough.

I have enough other things to obsess over anyway.


05-21-2010, 11:53 AM
And this morning.... nothing :(

05-22-2010, 02:17 AM
Published Author Friend said to me, "I hope they don't get back to you next week. If there's a message in your Inbox from them tomorrow morning, it's a rejection. The longer they take, the better your chances."

Not in my experience. I've never found length of time a submission spends with an agent to be any indication of anything at all. They can reject you in minutes, or they can reject you six months from now. No correlation whatever.

05-22-2010, 01:45 PM
And nothing this morning :(

05-22-2010, 07:12 PM
I probably would be, if I had the time. But lately my job and my personal life just keep me too busy to check more than once a day. So I guess that's a good thing. But they're also keeping me too busy to make much progress on the Next Great Novel I'm trying to write to take my mind off the slim chances of the one I'm querying, so...

6 of one, half dozen of the other. Pick your poison.

David Poellot
05-22-2010, 07:26 PM
I bought a Blackberry shortly before I began submitting. Soooo baaaaad.

05-23-2010, 02:20 AM
Oh man. I just submitted a short story to three journals and it's been a daily thing for me. Yet none of those journals told me to expect anything until AT LEAST 4-5 months time. What is wrong with me???

05-24-2010, 08:42 PM
Nothing so far today....

05-26-2010, 10:32 AM
Heard the ding indicating a new email. I jumped out of bed only to find a stupid email from a clothing site :(

05-30-2010, 06:17 PM
Don't worry. It's not just you. I keep my MSN open so I see if I get new mail, but even if I don't get an alert, I still check. Then I get angry and close my MSN so that I don't feel cheated by it. It's odd.

05-30-2010, 06:26 PM
Go crazy? Don't mind if I do.

05-30-2010, 06:52 PM
Had one rejection yesterday; if the rejection email was any indication of how they edit.. NO THANKS!

05-30-2010, 08:49 PM
I hate it when you send material to agents and they don't confirm whether they got it or not :(.

Cuz it's like, what if they didn't? My empty inbox is making me paranoid.

05-30-2010, 11:41 PM
I too suffer from excessive e-mail checkage. It eats me up. I had a date with my husband and I kept asking for his blackberry to check e-mails (I have Partials and Fulls out to agents). Mid movie he got mad and had to fend me off with his licorice and popcorn.

Poor guy.

05-31-2010, 09:13 PM
Just got a email from my realtor about listing my house. I darned near had a heart attack thinking it was a reply from one of my subs LOL

06-01-2010, 03:32 AM
I have my gmail (sub email) open in my browser (and a notifier that pops up on my internet) and on my android. And I still check everything frequently.

Drachen Jager
06-01-2010, 03:42 AM
I've become an obsessive query writer. Every day I spend some time combing around to find agents I haven't sent to yet... I have yet to hear back from anyone on requested material but I can't help pushing to increase my odds.

Even more than checking e-mail this has become my obsession. If I don't get a few responses a day I NEED to send out more queries.

I wonder what I'll do if/when I get signed up, there will be this big hole in my life that used to be taken up by the cycle of query and rejection.

06-01-2010, 03:58 AM
Drachen - You'll be editing. :)

06-01-2010, 09:19 AM
Nothing today...

06-01-2010, 06:45 PM
And *sigH*

06-02-2010, 01:40 AM
Nowt from the agent. Right, that's his lot. Move it along, Non-Respondy-Agent. Now gonna query others that I can obsess about.

06-02-2010, 07:13 AM
I submitted my novella directly to some e pubs. *Wonders if a long waiting period is an indication they may be considering it?* :)

Alanna B.
06-03-2010, 05:32 AM
I bought a Blackberry shortly before I began submitting. Soooo baaaaad.

Me too, worst mistake EVER

06-03-2010, 05:55 PM
And the waiting game continues...

David Poellot
06-04-2010, 06:24 AM
Me too, worst mistake EVER

I've been a little better. I check it less and less during work. At first, I would check it constantly.

06-12-2010, 09:21 AM
I didn't go to crazy checking my e-mail at first, but I'm 60 days out on a submission to strange horizons and their max is 70. At this point I probably check my e-mail three times a day!

I'd take this for a good sign and just leave it be, but I know they were a bit behind for awhile, and this is my first submission so I'm getting a little antsy...

06-12-2010, 09:29 AM
yeah... it's sad. It's been like 24 hours. Pathetic!!

06-20-2010, 02:28 AM
Another reject today.

06-21-2010, 12:32 AM
Do I think emails arrive between the hours of midnight and five a.m.? No, but I check first thing every morning anyway. Even on weekends. Pathetic.

And brainstorm, your avatar is going to give me nightmares, bravo!

06-21-2010, 01:21 AM
Yahoo used to have a little app that sent up a flag whenever you got a new eMail - had it on Firefox on the old machine, never wanted to install it on my new one. Juno and iMail have no such devices, but I'm sure some unemployed developer is writing one as we speak...