Last year, when I started writing, I was naive enough to think that the process was simple – something like you see in the movies or on TV. Write a book, get an agent, sell the book, work with an editor – baba-bing-baba-boom, done. It never occurred to me that there would be so much waiting.
But the reality is, waiting is a main past-time for a writer. You write the greatest novel the world has never read and then you give to your writer’s group to read. Then you wait for them to read it. It’s ready to be queried so you write the best query ever and send it to your most desired agents. Then you wait for a response. And wait some more for that response. And maybe wait a little more. When the ding letters arrive, you start the process over and do some more waiting. (By this time you have moved, paid off your car, gotten pregnant and given birth, and occasionally you go back to read your greatest novel the world has never read because you can’t remember all the character names anymore)
The agent thing finally works out and the revisions begin. With every set of revisions, there is a wait that goes along with your agent or their readers. They have to read it and give feedback so, yeah, more waiting. Then the submissions begin. Your agent submits your greatest novel the world has never read to a handful of editors who just received twenty other greatest novels the world has never read, all in your genre. So, again, you wait.
All-in-all it’s not as bad as it sounds – especially when you have an agent that keeps you posted on the process. But it is a lot of waiting. So my suggestion: grab another cup of coffee, and start in on that next great novel. Overlapping the wait-and-see’s tends to make the time go a little faster:)