I've never been good at waiting. I'm prone to fidgeting, pacing, and under certain circumstances, complaining. So, aside from the voices in my head needing an outlet, why in the world did I turn my focus from working in the medical field to working as a writer? I'm beginning to wonder the same thing! For months I've been waiting to hear from an agent and an editor on a partial manuscript I submitted back in November. I'm waiting to hear if I've been chosen for a pitch to Harlequin Medical Romance. I'm waiting for the results of the Golden Heart and other contests I've entered in the hopes of catching the eye of the agents/editors who are final judges. Everyday I check my e-mail dozens of times and stalk the mailman.
A writer friend of mine is still following up on a manuscript she submitted back in 2008. (And that is not a typo....2008!) I've read blogs where writers have received rejection letters 3-5 YEARS after submitting a manuscript.
What I'd like to know from all you writers out there is how do you deal with the waiting? Do you work on another manuscript so you'll have two to sell when you get "the call"? (FYI, this is what the experts say you should do.) Or are you like me....a compulsive e-mail and snail mail checker? Is there a cure for this? Any suggestions? HELP!
- It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come to those who work. - Wilt Chamberlain
- A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. - Richard Bach
- You don't find time to write. You make time. It's my job. - Nora Roberts
- Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. - Buddha
- Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it. - Denzel Washington
- I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. - Michael Jordan