Thursday, February 16, 2012

The "P" Word...PATIENCE In The Waiting Game




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 days hours minutes since we received that auto reply, rest assured, they're playing the waiting game too.

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

3 comments:

  1. Another great post, I think I may become a stalker on your blog, but a nice one....

    Will be commencing chapter 11 over the weekend and will for sure let you know how it is going....

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  2. Thanks for following me on twitter. Love your blog. We should all remember that the writer of The Help was rejected 61 times - that is tenacity! :) Hope you'll have a moment to visit my blog. Donna

    http://mylife-in-stories.blogspot.com

    Look forward to following your blog.

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  3. Dave! Welcome back. Feel free to stalk here ALL you want! We love it. Yes! Please touch base with me on your progress. I love to cheer others on. It keeps me going too!

    Donna, Thanks so much for following here. I will head over to yours as soon as I'm done typing this! Yes, patience and persistence is key is this biz! Thanks for the comment. Keep on keeping on!! :D

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