Waiting is a given in this biz, but that doesn't make it any less of a drag. We want what we want and we want it yesterday, right?
I know firsthand because I redefine "impatient" every single day. But children and writing teach patience. So whether you're potty training or querying a saga, there's a process one must follow...all the while utilizing-you got it-patience.
I've heard so many people question whether or not it's okay to email the agent/editor inquiring about status. The truth of the matter is, agents wait too! They're waiting on responses from editors and publishers and just as we're counting the
How we handle ourselves during this lull is crucial. Emailing said agent fourteen times a day earns us the big red CREEPER stamp. Not following up after that six weeks might prove fatal if the agent somehow never received the query.
One thing's certain, there is much to be done while we wait. The most important thing is to keep writing. If you land an agent and sign a contract, guess what he/she's going to want from you? MORE of your awesomeness. And that awesomeness needs to be completed, polished and ready to query by the time you finish edits on your first book. If you're lucky enough to have polished manuscripts just lying around, there's marketing to be done. *eyegleam* Platforms, social mingling, and expanding your knowledge on the ins and outs of the publishing biz is all very important and will play a key role in the success of your novel. You can also keep your mind off the mouse with articles. Submit to awesome sites like WOW! Women On Writing or check out QueryTracker for the latest agent scoop.
Whether you're subbing sublime or tossing Twitter Glitter, keep at it! Keep moving toward your goal. You WILL get there...unless you give up. And 'round here, giving up's not an option.
Now go ROCK that writing bug and make sure you come back here to report your successes!! :D