Anyone who's attempted to be published knows exactly how much waiting is involved in the process.
First of all, you have to wait for your book to be finished - which, if you're a slow poke like me, can feel like eternity in itself. I mull and ponder and mull some more until I'm happy with a scene. After I've done that with every scene and finally strung together a completed manuscript, I have to go back and edit. Commence more mulling and more pondering and throw in some hair pulling, too.
Then you send the finished product off to your betas, and wait again.
And once they get back to you? You realize "finished" has no place in the same sentence with your manuscript.
So you edit again. And you write your query. And you wait again.
Finally, you're ready to send off your CP-approved query and manuscript. And once you do?
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Yep. That's right. You wait again.
Sometimes the wait is worth it, ending up in a request for material. Other times, you'll wait weeks on end for a form rejection. It's the same with submissions: you send them off, floating on a cloud because someone showed interest in your work. But then the days drag on while you wait for that response, and it can all start to feel a little tiresome.
That's where I am right now. And I'm wondering if anyone else starts to get a little bored and disenchanted with the whole process at this stage, or if I've just got a case of Instant Gratification Denied-itis?
I'm trying to concentrate on WiP #3 while I wait, but I'm finding I could use some help drumming up inspiration.
So - can anyone suggest some kind of dark, angsty music to go along with a kind of dark, angsty paranormal story? I'd really appreciate it! And then you can tell me how you keep yourself from going crazy during the waiting game. Thanks, peeps!