A store in town posts the news on their sign each day so no one can miss it.
My daughter knows exactly how many days remain. She's been counting them down since October 1st.
The Fashion Queen is Miss Christmas. She's so enamored with the season that Thanksgiving, in her book, is known as The Day Before We Get The Tree. It's also the Day After All The Christmas Shopping is Done. She's not a happy camper unless the presents are wrapped and ready to put under the tree once it's up and decorated.
The tree's up. The gifts are in place. She's smiling. Now comes the wait.
• • • • •Writers know all about waiting. After all, we're all aware that things in the publishing world move with the speed of a sleepy snail, right?
We wait for:
- Inspiration to strike
- The day we type The End
- Feedback from critique partners
- Contest results to be announced
- An agent to offer representation
- A publishing house to offer a contract
- The title to be firmed up
- The cover to be designed
- The book to be released
- The first reviews
- The edits on book two to be approved
- The ideas on book three to come together
• • • • •So, what do we do while we wait?
Nope. There's a better way. We act like the professionals we are and take action. While we might feel like there's little we can do to move our careers along, there are a number of steps we can take.
- Do a number on our nails as we nibble them
- Test our spouses' patience as we bemoan the state of things
- Inundate our writing buddies with emails ranting about what isn't happening
Concentrate on our writing
- Read books on craft
- Focus on writing the best story possible
- Rewrite, revise, and polish that story before submitting it
- Set up a website
- Start/improve our blogs
- Get Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Visit agent and editor blogs
- Visit publishing house websites
- Learn how to write a great query letter
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Waiting isn't easy. But if we use our waiting time well, we'll be better prepared for the day when our Dream Agent offers representation or an editor reads our story and says, "I want to contract this."
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I wanna know . . .
What are you waiting for right now?
How do you handle the waiting time?
What lessons have you learned while waiting?