Playing the Waiting Game by Cassiel Knight
As a writer, I’ve learned and experienced a lot. I’ve met terrific people and built satisfying relationships. I’ve traveled to exotic lands and explored history (from the safety and comfort of my chair and computer, but I’ve still traveled). I’ve discovered an industry that is both exciting and, at times, painful.
But, the number one thing the publishing industry has taught me is patience. This industry, more than anything else I’ve done before (and others may disagree but that just means you have different experiences) is about playing the waiting game. Let me count the ways we authors wait in this industry.
We wait for:
- contest deadlines
- contest finalist announcements
- scoresheets to be returned
- the final judges to determine a winner
- responses to queries
- responses to partials
- responses to fulls
- the phone to ring with an offer of representation from an agent
- the phone to ring with the offer to buy our story
- the contract to be sent
- revisions to the contract
- the final contract with signatures
- a release date
- the cover art
- more edits
- maybe more edits
- release day
After your book comes out
- royalties to be paid
- the publisher to buy the second or option book
- and the cycle starts all over again
See what I mean? I’m sure I’ve missed some but I think this does a fine job of illustrating how publishing is an endless waiting game. And this doesn’t even take into account what agents and editors wait for much less readers.
Here’s the thing. Playing the waiting game is still the best game I’ve played.
How do you keep yourself from going insane while you are waiting?