Publishing Advice

The Waiting

Oh my god, the waiting. All you #PitchWars peeps, settle in.

But let’s be real: you already know the type. You’ve written a masterpiece. You’ve picked your favorite agents. You send your queries… and then after such a flurry of activity, there’s nothing left to do.

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Except wait.

And wait.

And wait.

Patience is a virtue, especially in the publishing industry. So how do you handle all that waiting?

Well, your local neighborhood Becki has some excellent tips, just for you!

  1. Join a club. This sounds silly, but it’s true. A writing critique group can keep you focused on improving your manuscript during the long, cold waiting months. An archery class will teach you an awesome new skill that could come in handy for future novels. Even a World of Warcraft meetup give you goals outside of writing, and roleplaying will prompt new, (semi-)realistic characters. Whatever your passion (or even just a hobby) pursue it!
  2. Spend time with your family and friends. Remember those people? The ones you mostly neglected during your mad dash to write “THE END” in time for whatever deadline you set for yourself (or was set for you–hi, again, #PitchWars peeps!) Well, they’ve missed you… and wine night with your girls or date night with your beau is an excellent distraction to the waiting.
  3. WRITE SOMETHING NEW. Oh my god, this is key. Waiting SUCKS. But you know what sucks more? Rejection. Rejections about your baby, the novel you’ve poured your heart and soul into… and pinned all your hopes on. It can be devastating, and I’ve known writers who get so depressed they just… stop writing. DON’T BE THAT PERSON. Writing a new story while waiting for feedback on the old one is so much better on your heart. A rejection arrives, and it stings, but you shrug it off and say, “Well, wait until that agent sees this book.”

So! There you have it. Three fail-safe methods of surviving the dreaded waiting period. Although a shift in mindset helps: the publishing industry is ALL waiting. So perfecting these methods early–and not checking your email a thousand times a day–will help you throughout your writing career!

ALSO. Who’s ready for #PitchWars?? Remember, submit your query + 10 pages HERE, TONIGHT! (August 2nd, midnight EST) The window is open until August 6th, so make sure your submission is top-notch. Winners of this contest almost always find agents, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by submitting a manuscript!

I’m rooting for you!! <3 

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How do you handle the waiting period? Are you submitting to #PitchWars?? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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