Hurry Up and Wait
If there’s one thing you have to learn in this industry, it’s to be patient. Ack. The dreaded “P” word, right? It’s true, though. Patience isn’t just a virtue. It’s a necessity in our biz. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Hurry up and wait.” That definitely applies here.
As an unagented, unpublished writer, you must be patient because a lot of things take time like:
-learning the craft of writing
-meeting critique partners, groups, and/or beta readers
-getting your query letter and/or pitch right
-grinding out words to form a proper synopsis
-rewriting, revising, tweaking, and polishing until you’re sick of your manuscript
-researching and querying agents
-waiting for agent responses
-biting your nails as you wait for the scheduled agent call to happen
-waiting for agents to get back to you after you’ve nudged with an offer
-trying to keep yourself busy as you’re secretly dying to make your agent announcement but can’t until everything is official
-getting through the agent revision rounds to make the manuscript shinier than shiny
-silently dying as editors read your submission
-avoiding friends and family because you’ve agreed to a contract with a publisher but still haven’t received the contract and can’t announce
Think the waiting ends there? No, my peeps. It’s only just beginning. So, the best advice I can give you is to get used to it. Waiting and patience are two words that must be a part of your vocabulary. But, it’ll totally be worth it, right?
What part of your journey to traditional publication did you find was the hardest on your patience? If you’re self-published, what are some of your biggest wait times and for what?
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