As writers we can all appreciate this right? Everything in this business can sometimes be hurry up and wait. Rush to meet a deadline and then wait for feedback. Finish the edits on time, then wait for the actual release of the book.
Send off queries to editors and agents and wait… and wait... and wait. Sometimes months! In the worst cases years. The worst worst cases… no reply or feedback is ever sent.
The waiting can be agonizing.
That's where I am now. I'm waiting for feedback on my last manuscript. I'm waiting for the release of my Super that comes out in April. I'm wondering if anything will be different because it's a new line or if everything will stay the same because I'm still a Harlequin writer.
I must have checked the Romantic Times website a hundred times just to see if I had gotten my "score" yet. (It was a 4 – not a 4 ½ so that's enough to make me crazy, but at least it wasn't a 2 which would have made me cry.)
And so I'm sitting here thinking about the next idea I need to be putting together – because that's what all good writers should be doing. Not worrying about what was already turned in or sent out, but always working on … what's next.
I hear it's supposed to make the waiting time go faster. For whatever reason, this time for me, not so much.
So what do you all do to deal with the time in between stuff happening?