How to survive the publishing industry’s waiting game.
There’s a lot of waiting involved when you’re a first time author.
After you write the book, you have to wait while friends and fellow authors read it for editing purposes. After it’s edited to death and back again, you have to send out queries to agents and then wait for responses. After you get an agent, you then have to sit back and wait as he/she sends off queries to publishers. Then, when an editor shows interest, you have to wait for them to actually read it and pass it along to their colleagues. And for people who read books for a living, they sure do take forever to read your stuff. Take it from me. I’ve been there before with several publishers. Then, after your book is accepted for publication, I’ve read that it can take anywhere from six to twelve months before it appears in print.
Anyway, I think I just found the trick to surviving all this waiting without going crazy with impatience and self doubt while I’m waiting two, three, or four months for them to read a 200 page book.
Planning ahead. No matter what stage you’re at, start researching and planning for the next stage as if it’s definitely going to happen. If you’re waiting for someone to edit your book, start researching agents. If you’ve sent your queries and are waiting for responses, then start researching agent contracts and what questions to ask your prospective agent before you sign.
Personally, I’m waiting to hear back from publishers so I’m planning the next phase. I’m researching what happens when a book gets accepted for publication and how I do my part for marketing. I’m building a website, coming up with a marketing plan, and writing my next book. I’ve found that planning ahead for the next stage is helping me to stay positive.