SCBWI 2010 Summer Conference in LA, are you going?
One day I will have publishing deadlines (the thought freaks me out). Why not give myself a deadline for my book. Not just finish my book but have it finished, critiqued, redacted, reviewed, cleaned, and polished by the conference. I'm halfway through writing it, so I think this is a plausible goal for me. You never know when a pitching opportunity can come about and if I am finished, I will be ready.
To learn more about SCBWI go here or more about the conference go here. They also have a conference blog here.
Do you plan to attend?